103rd Mahratta Light Infantry

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Known as the 3rd Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry in the Madras Army
Known as 103rd Mahratta Light Infantry in the Indian Army


  • 1768 raised as the 2nd Battalion, Bombay Sepoys
  • 1796 became 1st Battalion 2nd Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry
  • 1824 became 3rd Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry
  • 1871 became 3rd Regiment of Bombay (Light) Infantry
  • 1901 became 3rd Bombay Light Infantry
  • 1903 became 103rd Mahratta Light Infantry
  • 1922 became 1st Battalion 5th Mahratta Light Infantry
  • 1947 allocated to India on Partition

Second World War

The Regiment served in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Italy, 1943-45, and was later part of the British Occupation Forces for Japan.[1]

External Links

Historical books online

  • Lists of the officers of His Majesty's and the Hon. Company's troops serving under the Presidency of Bombay from Adjutant General's Office January 1st 1798 1st Battalion Officers' muster roll in Malabar Google Books
  • Valour Enshrined Pdf download, Digital Library of India. Archive.org version. Full title: Valour enshrined. A history of the Maratha Light Infantry, 1768-1947 by M.G. Abhyankar [Volume1], published 1971. (There was a second volume published, by C.L. Proudfoot in 1980, covering the period 1947-1979). The DLI file appears to be a reprint edition which advises first published 1960, but this date is not correct for this book.


  1. WW2Talk Forum post 1st Battalion, 5th Mahratta Light Infantry by ‘dryan67’ dated 11 October 2011. David A Ryan is co author of books on the Indian Army in WW2, see the WW2Talk Forum post Indian Army: An Organisational History