Kingdom of Great Britain
Bombay Army, British Army
white facings, changed to dark blue in 1861.
Third Carnatic War, Battle of Buxar, First Anglo-Maratha War, Second Anglo-Mysore War, Third Anglo-Mysore War, Third Anglo-Maratha War, Second Anglo-Sikh War
The 103rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Bombay Fusiliers), "the Old Toughs", was an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1862 to 1881, when it was amalgamated into the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
The regiment was originally raised in England in 1662 as independent companies of European soldiers to garrison Bombay, newly ceded to the British crown, and were transferred to the Honourable East India Company, under the title The Bombay Regiment, when they leased Bombay in 1668. They were numbered the 1st Bombay (European) Regiment on the foundation of a second European regiment in 1839, and designated the 1st Bombay (European) Fusiliers in 1844. As with all other "European" units of the Company, they were placed under the command of the Crown in 1858, and formally moved into the British Army in 1861, ranked as the 103rd Foot, at the same receiving the honorary designation of "royal".
As part of the Childers Reforms in 1881, the regiment was amalgamated with the 102nd Regiment of Foot (Royal Madras Fusiliers) to form the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Badges and battle honours
The regiment received the following battle honours granted by the Honourable East India Company:
In 1844 the regiment was granted a number of honorary distinctions recording its past service. The awards were made by the Governor General of India on 6 November 1844 in the following terms:
With the approval of the Right Honourable the Governor-General of India in Council, the Honourable the Governor in Council is pleased to direct, that the honorary distinctions specified below be borne upon the Colours and appointments of the 1st Bombay European Regiment, "Fusiliers".
By order of the Hon'ble the Governor in Council.
(Sd.) P. M. Melvill, Lt Colonel,
Secretary to Government.
Colonels of the Regiment were: