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The East Indian Railway Regiment was an auxiliary infantry regiment of the erstwhile British Indian Army
. The unit was a local civilian volunteer corps and was a part of the Bengal command
. The regiment was also administered by the Bengal Army
. The army of Bengal Presidency
served under the Presidency Armies in British India
. The East Indian Railway Regiment was formed on 17th July 1869 as the East Indian Railway Volunteer Rifle Corps. The regiment included personnel from the East Indian Railway.
The East Indian Railway Regiment absorbed the regiment of Sibpore College Volunteer Rifle Corps on 20th May 1892. Later on 1st April 1917, the battalion was re-designated as the 7th East Indian Railway Battalion. It was also merged with the St. Michael's School Cadet Corps. The headquarters of the infantry unit was established in Jamalpore in the year 1901. The uniform of the troops included khaki drill formals. The motto of the East Indian Railway Regiment was "Strong without Rage". The auxiliary infantry unit was merged with the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway Battalion in 1926.
In 1940, the uniform was modified and included khaki formal dress with white facings. The military badge had crest of the East India Railway Company which was surmounted by a crown encircled by a laurel wreath. It included the words "East Indian Railway Regiment Auxillary Force". By the year 1940, the regiment had raised a second battalion which took part in several military campaigns under the British administration.
Designations of East Indian Railway Regiment
The East Indian Railway Regiment was designated a number of timed during its service under the British Indian Army. These are listed below-
* East Indian Railway Volunteer Rifle Corps on 17th July 1869
* 7th East Indian Railway Battalion on 1st April 1917
* 7th East Indian Railway Corps on 8th November 1918
* East Indian Railway Regiment on 1st October 1920
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