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13th Rajputs (The Shekhawati Regiment)
Country Indian Empire
Branch Army
Service history
Active 1835-1922
Part of Bengal Army (to 1895)
Bengal Command
Colors Red; faced blue, 1870 dark blue
Battles Aliwal
Second Anglo-Afghan War
Sikkim Expedition
Chitral
Commanders
Commanders King Edward VII (1904)
Insignia

The 13th Rajputs (The Shekhawati Regiment) was an infantry regiment of the Bengal Army, and later of the British Indian Army. They could trace their origins to the Shekhawati Regiment raised in 1835, as part of the Jaipur contingent of the Honourable East India Company and were taken into the Company's service as a local battalion 8 years later. They fought in the Battle of Aliwal in the First Anglo-Sikh War. Remaining loyal during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, they were taken into the Bengal Army as the 13th Bengal Native Infantry in 1861. There followed a number of different name changes the 13th (Shekhawati) Bengal Native Infantry 1884–1897, the 13th (Shekhawati) Rajput Regiment of Bengal Infantry 1897–1901, the 13th (Shekhawati) Rajput Infantry 1901–1903. Then finally in 1903, after the Kitchener reforms of the Indian Army the 13th Rajputs (The Shekhawati Regiment). During World War I they were part of the Imperial Service Infantry Brigade assigned to the Indian Expeditionary Force B that was sent to British East Africa. They fought at the Battle of Tanga.

Rajputana

A painting depicting members of the Rajputanta Rifles, of all ranks and uniforms. circa. 1911

After World War I the Indian government reformed the army again moving from single battalion regiments to multi battalion regiments.[1] The 13th Rajputs (The Shekhawati Regiment) now became the 10th (Shekhawati) Battalion 6th Rajputana Rifles (1922 - 1947). After independence this was one of the regiments allocated to the new Indian Army.[2]

Victoria CrossEdit

William George Cubitt was 21 years old, and a lieutenant in the 13th Bengal Native Infantry, Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

For having on the retreat from Chinhut, on the 30th of June, 1857, saved the lives of three men of the 32nd Regiment, at the risk of his own.
[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sumner p.15
  2. "British Empire: Armed Forces: Units: Indian Infantry: 13th Rajputs". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. http://www.webcitation.org/5k1tmJGuf. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  3. The London Gazette: no. 22278. p. 2420. 21 June 1859. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  • Barthorp, Michael; Burn, Jeffrey (1979). Indian infantry regiments 1860-1914. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 0-85045-307-0. 
  • Sumner, Ian (2001). The Indian Army 1914-1947. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-196-6. 

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