39th Regiment of Foot

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Also known as The Dorsetshire Regiment from 1881.
In 1753 the 39th Foot was the first British Army regiment posted to India.


  • 1689 Viscount Lisburne's Regiment of Foot raised
  • 1662 became Richard Coote's Regiment of Foot
  • 1702 reformed by Colonel Richard Coote in Ireland
  • 1751 became the 39th Regiment of Foot
  • 1782 became the 39th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot
  • 1794 regiment was captured and reformed in Ireland the following year by absorbing the 104th Regiment of Foot
  • 1805 became the 39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 54th Regiment of Foot and became the 1st Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment
  • 1951 became The Dorset Regiment
  • 1958 amalgamated with The Devonshire Regiment to form the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
  • 2005 renamed the Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry
  • 2007 amalgamated with the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment to form 1st Battalion The Rifles

British Library holdings

  • The 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment illustrated with a brief historical account of the services of the Regiment. Photographs by Fred Bremner. Ferozepore 1906. Published in Lahore by Fred Bremner 1906.
This is a photographic album produced by the photographer Fred Bremner, one of four known photographic albums of British Army Regiments in the North-West of India which he published in Quetta and Lahore in the early 1900s. As an indication, that for the 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment consists of a brief History of 20 pages followed by 38 full page printed photographs.[1]
  • Also see 'Regimental journal' below.

Regimental journal

  • The Dorset regimental journal : a paper for Dorset men and men of the Dorsets. Vol. 1, no. 1 (May 1912)-v. 3, no. 27 (July 1914) is available at the British Library
  • The Dorsetshire regimental quarterly. Vol. 1, no. 1 (June 1926)-v. 19, no. 2 (June 1951) is available at the British Library

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