5th Regiment of Bengal (Light) Infantry

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5th & 6th Light Infantry

Known as 5th Light Infantry


In the Indian Mutiny the 42nd Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry did not rebel and, in the ensuing disbandment of the Bengal Army regiments, it became the fifth most senior.

  • 1861 became 5th Bengal Native (Light) Infantry
  • 1885 became 5th Bengal (Light) Infantry
  • 1903 became 5th Light Infantry
  • 1922 disbanded

Singapore Mutiny

A revolt 15 February 1915 in Singapore of the 5th Light Infantry.


Report in connection with mutiny of 5th Light Infantry at Singapore 1915. Part 1 - Proceedings of court of enquiry. Part 2 - Report by H.E. the Governor of the Straits Settlements and the G.O.C. at Singapore. Simla: Govt of India, 1915

This report (436p) is available at the British Library, catalogue details IOR/L/MIL/17/19/48, and also at The National Archives Kew, catalogue details FCO 141/16542.

External links

Historical books online