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77th Moplah Rifles

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Active  1777-1907
Branch  Army
Country  Indian Empire
Type  Infantry
77th Moplah Rifles

Part of  Madras Army (to 1895) Madras Command
Colors  Red; faced white 1903 Green; faced Scarlet

The 77th Moplah Rifles were an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. They could trace their origins to 1777, when they were raised as the 17th Carnatic Battalion.


The regiment's first action was during the Carnatic Wars followed by the Battle of Sholinghur in the Second Anglo-Mysore War. They also took part in the Battle of Nagpore.

In 1902 the basis of recruitment for this regiment and one other (see 78th Moplah Rifles for additional detail) was changed from Madrasis to Moplahs. Both units were disbanded in 1907.

Predecessor names

  • 17th Carnatic Battalion - 1777
  • 16th Madras Battalion - 1784
  • 2nd Battalion, 5th Madras Native Infantry - 1796
  • 16th Madras Native Infantry - 1824
  • 17th Madras Infantry - 1861
  • 1st Moplah Rifles - 1902
  • 77th Moplah Rifles - 1903
  • Memorial at the St. Mark's Cathedral, Bangalore

    After the regiment's disbandment, the military colours of the 77th Moplah Rifles was buried within the west wall of St. Mark's Cathedral, Bangalore. There is also a memorial for the lives lost in the Moplah revolt.


    77th Moplah Rifles Wikipedia