123rd Outram's Rifles

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Known as the 23rd Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry in the Bombay Army
Known as 123rd Outram's Rifles in the Indian Army

Chronology

  • 1820 formed as 1st Battalion, 12th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry
  • 1824 became 23rd Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry
  • 1841 became 23rd Regiment of Bombay Infantry (Light)
  • 1889 became 23rd Regiment (2nd Battalion Rifle Regiment) of Bombay Infantry
  • 1901 became 23rd Bombay Rifles
  • 1903 became 123rd Outram's Rifles
  • 1922 amalgamated with five other regiments, including the 125th Napier's Rifles, to become the 4th Battalion (Outram's) 6th Rajputana Rifles
  • 1945 became 4th (Outram's) Battalion Rajputana Rifles
  • 1947 allocated to India on Partition

1930s

Memoirs of Brigadier William Alston's service in the Indian Army are in the collection of the National Army Museum, London, catalogue reference 8005/151. A description of the papers (8005/151/4) Volume III of his memoir, covering the period 1933-1935, indicate in Chapter 18 that he was a Coy Commander at Mhow March 1933. Chapter 19. Left in October 1934 for Wana, South Waziristan; training, building barracks, etc. Late Nov 4-day column to Tiarzha as Bde Intelligence Officer.[1]

Second World War

4/6th Rajputana Rifles was part of the 5th Indian Infantry Brigade 23/9/39 - 8/7/43, and was also attached 1/44 to 6/44. The 5th Indian Infantry Brigade was raised at Jhansi on 23 September 1939 from 9th (Jhansi) Brigade.The movements of the Brigade were as follows

India 23/9/39 - 23/9/39
At sea 23/9/39 - 3/10/39
Egypt 3/10/39 - 21/12/40
Sudan and East Africa 21/12/40 - 13/4/41
Egypt 13/4/41 - 8/6/41
Syria 8/6/41 - 10/41
Egypt and Libya 10/41 - 4/42
Palestine 4/42 - 10/6/42
Egypt 10/6/42 - 1/1/43
Cyrenaica 1/1/43 - 13/3/43
Tripolitania 13/3/43 - 16/3/43
Tunisia 16/3/43 - 6/7/43
Italy 22/11/43 - 8/12/44[2]

External links

Richhpal Ram Wikipedia
Remembering the Battle of Keren 75 years on 29 March 2016 cwgc.org, now an archived webpage.
Keren War Cemetery & Cremation Memorial Eritrea. ww2cemeteries.com

Historical books online

It is also available in a reprint edition,[3] which in turn is available online on the Ancestry owned pay website fold3 (located in World War II/Military Books/India).

References

  1. 8005/151 Alston Papers at National Army Museum, London. Discovery catalogue entry discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk.
  2. WW2Talk Forum thread 4/6 Rajputana Rifles reply by 'dryan67'. David A Ryan is co author of books on the Indian Army in WW2, see the WW2Talk Forum post Indian Army: An Organisational History (retrieved 11 August 2016)
  3. Outram’s Rifles: A History of the 4th Battalion 6th Rajputana Rifles by H. G. Rawlinson, originally published 1933. Naval & Military Press reprint edition.