55th Regiment of Foot

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The Border Regiment


  • 1755 raised in Stirling by George Perry as the 57th Regiment of Foot
  • 1757 re-ranked as the 55th Regiment of Foot
  • 1782 became the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 amalgamated with the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot to become the 2nd Battalion The Border Regiment
  • 1959 amalgamated with The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) to become 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Border Regiment as part of the King's Division
  • 2006 merged with the other regiments of North West England to become 3rd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's Lancashire and Border)

Service in British India

The Ogilby Trust website Book Search has details of the book 55th Regiment in India; or, a record of events during six years' service in India; 1863 to 1869 by Sergeant Major T H Vickers, published Chakrata: 55th Regimental Printing Press, 1871 second edition. 254 pages and 16 pages. "An excellent example of its type, this history was produced entirely by other ranks ('Printers: Privates J Hanrahan and B Flaherty; Book-Binder, Sergeant G Bremner') and published on a moveable press. The text has a full roll of the men who left for India in 1863, lists of casualties including women and children, notes on marches and a good 30 page account of the Bhootan campaign. The 16 pages added to the second edition reprint a prize essay on the dress of British infantry".

This book is available at the National Library of Scotland. It is not in the British Library catalogue.

Transfers from other regiments in India

Some men transferred from the 48th Regiment of Foot in 1834, when it returned to England.

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The constituent regiments are the 4th, 8th, 30th, 34th, 40th, 47th, 55th, 59th, 63rd, 81st, 82nd and 96th Regiments of Foot.

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