65th Regiment of Foot

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The History in India and the Bibliography were part of the Family History in India website which was designed by Cathy Day to help people trace their British and European ancestry in colonial India. Cathy kindly allowed us to transfer this information to our wiki.

History in India

This is a very brief history of 65th Regiment of Foot (2nd Yorkshire North Riding Regiment), focussing entirely on its time in India.

1803 Bombay, Surat

1804 Baroda, Indore, Kotah, Malwa

1805 Bharatpur, Dholpore, Bundelcund, Kotah

1806-1809 Surat

1809-1811 Bombay

1809 The 65th was sent from Bombay to Arabia as part of an expeditionary force to suppress Qawasim pirates who preyed on shipping in the Persian Gulf. After destroying several pirate forts it returned to India.

1812 Dhewrah

1814-15 Baroda

1815 Fort Anjar

1817 Kirkee

1815 Kutch

1815-1816 Booj

1816-1818 Ahmednuggur

1817 The action in Arabia of 1809 only served to suppress Arabic pirate activity for a few years, and did not destroy it completely. In 1817, the 65th was again sent to the Persian Gulf and this time they succeeded in destroying all pirate forts and forcing the Arab chiefs of the pirates to submit to British dominion. For this action, and the one of 1809, the 65th was awarded the unique battle honour 'Arabia'.

1817-1818 Corygaum

1817 Kirkee

1817 Poona

1816-1819 Bombay

1818 The 65th Regiment of Foot played a significant part in the Pindari Campaign or 3rd Maratha War

1819 Fort St George

1819 Kirkee

1819 Poona

1819 Sirur

1819-1820 Kutch

1820 Surat

1821 The 65th were again called to Arabia to fight pirates, this time members of the Beni Boo Ali tribe. Once more, all the pirate forts and ships were destroyed.

1821-1822 Bombay

1838 Taroy-Yo


The information above was obtained from a number of sources, including :

In Search of the Forlorn Hope : A Comprehensive Guide to Locating British Regiments and their Records by John Kitzmiller ISBN 0961926031

The Colonial Wars Source Book by Philip Haythornthwaite ISBN 1854091964

British Army Pensioners Abroad by Norman K. Crowder ISBN 0806314605

Regimental journal

The Tiger and the Rose. A monthly journal of the York & Lancaster Regiment. Published from 1887. At least some editions are available at the British Library, but the catalogue does not give details. Also available at the Regiment Museum, see below. Another possible source is the National Army Museum

External Links

65th Regiment of Foot Wikipedia
York and Lancaster Regiment Wikipedia
65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot including deployments Regiments.org, an archived site.
The York and Lancaster Regiment Regiments.org, an archived site
Reminiscences of the 65th Regiment, quoting an article in The Tiger and the Rose from Taranaki Herald, Volume LIV, Issue 13317, 7 November 1906, Page 3 National Library of NZ.
The York and Lancaster Regimental Museum part of the Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham. The regimental Archive is located at the Archives and Local Studies Service, also at the Clifton Park Museum. The Archive includes regimental histories and copies of The Tiger and the Rose Regimental Journal.

Historical books online