53rd Regiment of Foot

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Also known as The Shropshire Regiment


  • 1755 raised as 55th Regiment of Foot
  • 1757 renamed 53rd Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 combined with 85th Regiment of Foot to become The King's Light Infantry (Shropshire Regiment)
  • 1921 became The King's Shropshire Light Infantry
  • 1968 became the 3rd Battalion of The Light Infantry

External Links

Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Collection

  • Discovery catalogue entry The entire catalogue of the collection can be viewed online and contains several India related items.
  • Shropshire Archives Home of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Collection.
  • Soldiers of Shropshire Museum. There is a searchable database of round a fifth of the attestation records for the KSLI (Kings Shropshire Light Infantry) between 1910 and 1929.

Historical books online

  • Historical Record of the Fifty - Third, or the Shropshire Regiment of Foot: containing an account of the formation of the regiment in 1755, and of its subsequent services to 1848 by Richard Cannon 1849 Google Books. Indian Service commences page 13 in 1805 in Madras and continues page 27 in 1844 in Calcutta
  • The regiment was ordered to the East Indies, 1805 page 251 The Life of Mrs. Sherwood, (chiefly autobiographical) with extracts from Mr. Sherwood’s Journal during his Imprisonment in France & Residence in India. Edited by her daughter Sophia Kelly 1857 Archive.org. Mrs Mary Martha Sherwood, whose husband was an officer in the regiment, wrote children’s books. Mary Martha Sherwood Wikipedia.
  • Recollections of a winter campaign in India in 1857-58 by Capt Oliver John Jones, R.N. 1859 Google Books. The author was attached, as a volunteer, to the 53rd Regiment of Foot for five months