61st Pioneers was earlier known as the 1st Madras Native Infantry and also had various other predecessor names. It was an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army and was active from 1758 to 1922. This regiment is known to take part in the Carnatic Wars (1746 to 1763), the Third Anglo-Mysore War, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Second Afghan War, etc.
63rd Palamcottah Light Infantry
63rd Palamcottah Light Infantry came to be known as the 3rd Madras Native Infantry (Palamcottah Light Infantry) in 1812 and also had various other predecessor names. The 63rd Palamcottah Light Infantry was an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. During World War I, the regiment initially remained in India on internal security duties as part of the 5th (Mhow) Division. In October, 1914, the Palamcottah Light Infantry moved to British East Africa as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force B.
64th Pioneers was known as the 4th Madras Native Infantry during the period 1824-1883. Some of the other names of 64th Pioneers were 5th Carnatic Battalion (1769-1770), the 4th Carnatic Battalion (1770-1784), the 4th Madras Battalion (1784-1796) and the 4th Madras Infantry (Pioneers) (1901-1903). Post reforms, 64th Pioneers came to be known as the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Madras Pioneers (1922) and then they joined the Corps of Madras Pioneers in 1929. In 1933, they were disbanded for economic reasons.
66th Punjabis was earlier known as the 6th Regiment of Madras Native Infantry (1824). It was raised as the 7th Battalion of Coast Sepoys in 1761 and was designated as the 66th Punjabis in 1903. In 1922, it turned into 2nd Battalion 1st Punjab Regiment. In 1956, it again turned into 2nd Battalion, The Punjab Regiment. The unit was allocated to the Pakistan Army in 1947.
Other Regiments of Madras Native Infantries
Some of the other Regiments of Madras Native Infantries were 67th Punjabis, 69th Punjabis, 72nd Punjabis and 83rd Wallajahbad Light Infantry.
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