51st Regiment of Foot

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Known as the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI)

Chronology

  • 1755 raised in Leeds as the 53rd Regiment of Foot
  • 1757 renumbered 51st Regiment of Foot
  • 1782 became the 51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding) Regiment of Foot
  • 1809 became the 51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding) Regiment of Light Infantry
  • 1821 became the 51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding, The King's Own Light Infantry) Regiment
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 105th Regiment of Foot and became the 1st Battalion, The King's Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment)
  • 1897 became The King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)
  • 1921 became The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • 1968 became the 2nd Battalion of The Light Infantry (2LI)
  • 2007 merged with the Royal Green Jackets to form The Rifles becoming '5 RIFLES'

Service in British India

Indian Mutiny

With the exception of a few detachments, the regiment saw no action during the Mutiny and thus were not awarded the Indian Mutiny medal.

Regimental journal

  • The British Library catalogue lists
    • The Bugle. A paper for the men of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. vol. 18. no. 2.-vol. 19. no. 9. Dec. 1900-July 1902.
    • The Bugle. The monthly journal of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. 1922-
  • The National Army Museum, in its online catalogue lists editions for 1903-1906 and a broken range of editions from 1922

External Links


Historical books online