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104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers)

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The 104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers) was an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1862 to 1881, when it was amalgamated into The Royal Munster Fusiliers.


The regiment was re-formed by the Honourable East India Company in 1839 as the 2nd Bengal (European) Light Infantry from a nucleus of 1st Bengal (European) Regiment. In 1848 it served in the Second Sikh War in Punjab. It was renamed in 1850 as the 2nd Bengal (European) Fusiliers, and served in the Indian Mutiny of 1857. 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 1862, ranked as the 104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers). The officers of this regiment were drawn from a number of Indian regiments, both majors and six of the twelve captains having served with the 2nd Bengal (European) Fusiliers.

As part of the Childers Reforms in 1881, the regiment was amalgamated with the 101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers) to form The Royal Munster Fusiliers.

Battle Honours

Battle honours won by the regiment were:

  • Rohilla War: Rohilcund 1774 (inherited from predecessor regiment)
  • Second Anglo-Sikh War: Chillianwallah, Goojerat, Punjaub
  • Indian Mutiny: Delhi 1857
  • Rohilla War: Rohilcund 1794 (awarded 1894 to Royal Munster Fusiliers)
  • Regimental Colonels

    Colonels of the Regiment were:

    2nd Bengal Fusiliers (HEIC)
  • <1862: Maj-Gen. Robert Blackall
  • 104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers) (British Army)
  • 1862–1863: F.M. Sir Patrick Grant, GCB, GCMG
  • 1863–1867: Gen. Sir George Bell, KCB
  • 1867-1874: Gen. George Dixon
  • 1874–1881: F.M. Sir Frederick Paul Haines, GCB, GCSI, CIE
  • References

    104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers) Wikipedia