79th Carnatic Infantry

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Known as 19th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry in the Madras Army
Known as 79th Carnatic Infantry in the Indian Army


  • 1777 raised in Tiruchirapalli as 20th Carnatic Battalion from 1st, 3rd, 8th and 16th Carnatic Battalions
  • 1784 became 20th Madras Battalion
  • 1796 became 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry
  • 1824 became 19th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry
  • 1885 became 19th Madras Infantry
  • 1903 became 79th Carnatic Infantry
  • 1922 became 3rd/3rd Madras Regiment
  • 1922 disbanded and re-raised as a Territorial Battalion
  • 1941, September converted to a Regular Battalion
  • 1947 allocated to India on Partition

Battle Honours

External Links

Historical books online

  • Madras Infantry 1748-1943 by Lt.-Col. E G Phythian-Adams, late 3rd Madras Regiment published 1943 is available to read online on the Digital Library of India website. Two files are available, barcode 4990010018885 seems a more complete copy.
  • The Madras Soldier 1746-1946 by Lt.-Col. E G Phythian-Adams. Revised and enlarged edition 1947 Archive.org.