Raising of 108th Regiment of Foot (Madras Infantry)

Event
Wednesday, 10 April, 1861

108 Regt ColourThe 3rd Madras (European) Regiment, of the Madras Presidency, had been formed on 18 November 1853 at Bellary for service in the Honourable East India Company. It converted into a new regiment of Queen Victoria's General Army in 1861, while stationed at Jaulnah, and was numbered and designated The 108th Regiment of Foot (Madras Infantry). In 1881 it amalgamated with the 27th Inniskillings to become the 2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

(Right, Regimental Colour 108th Regiment, 1870.
© Image Copyright Inniskillings Collection.)

The London Gazette dated 28 May 1861 included the following:

India Office, 27th May, 1861.

The Secretary of State for India has received
copies of the following General Orders, published
by the Governor General and the Commander-in-Chief
in India.

GENERAL ORDER BY HIS EXCELLENCY
THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF INDIA IN
COUNCIL.

Fort William, Military Department,
10th April, 1861.

It is desired by Her Majesty's Government
to maintain, as integral Regiments, the three
oldest European Infantry Regiments of the Bengal
Presidency, and all of the three Regiments
of the Madras and Bombay Presidencies, and to
keep the men who are now in each of those
Corps, and who may volunteer for Her Majesty's
General Service, in the Regiments which, when
transferred to the Line, will represent those to
which they now respectively belong ... .