The units listed below are shown in the order of precedence as of July 1881.  Prior to 1881, infantry regiment were known by the numbers in the column on the right.  Where infantry units are followed by two numbers, the numbers represent regiments that were amalgamated to form the new unit.  For example, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers were formed from the 102nd Royal Madras Fusiliers and the 103rd Royal Bombay Fusiliers.  This page also contains more information on Cardwell's reforms.

Except for the 15th Hussars and the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, every regiment or corps in the British Army served in the Boer War.  In the case of some infantry regiments, only one of their two battalions was present.



# Pte Thomas Walker SedmanCPL_AWF 2013-06-27 23:39
He was a relative of mine by marriage. he was born in Pickering, N.Yorkshire 28/07/1849. When he was 12 he became a boy soldier in the 21st Lancers who we stationed nearby. At 18 on 16th December 1867 he enlisted in the 6th Regiment Royal (Inniskilling) Dragoon Guards, who later were known as Hussars.
The regiment were based in Ireland for many years at Dundalk. I understand from family that the last entry in his army record book 4th March 1889. What that entry was I do not know , but it could have been his demob date. Is it possible that his regiment served in Africa in the 1st Boer War?
# RE: British Regiments in 1881Spence 2016-11-16 14:38
I'm trying to find my great grandfathers info On his headstone it gives these letters
He was born in 1853 and died in Canada in 1937 Any help would be appreciated
Thank you
Nancy Thompson
# RE: British Regiments in 1881walton1958 2017-01-18 23:26
Trooper 27200 Robert William Walton Imperial Yeomanary 4th Battalion 41st Squad, joined 31 January 1901 discharge 9 November 1901 (explanation no longer fit for service).

Birth Hexhamshire, Northumberland March 1868 death Blackhill Consett Durham 1930 son of Edward and Annie Walton of 2. Tyne View Terrace, Hexham, Northumberland.

Any information you could supply me would be of great help Robert William Walton was my Grandfather's eldest brother.

David Walton

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