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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.
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
77th Moplah Rifles Wikipedia
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.