Ceylon Rifle Regiment

Ceylon Rifle Regiment
Active 1795 - 1873
Country Ceylon
Type Light Infantry
Part of British Army
Garrison/HQ RHQ - Rifle Green, Colombo
Nickname(s) CRR
Engagements Kandian Wars
Uva Rebellion
Matale Rebellion

Ceylon Rifle Regiment (CRR) was a regular native regiment formed by the British in Ceylon. Its history goes back to 1795 when five independent companies of Malays were transferred from Dutch to HEIC service. Since then the regiment under different names fought for the British in the Kandyan War and the Uva Rebellion of 1818.

The Ceylon Rifle Regiment saw action in the Matale Rebellion in 1848. Since it served no practical application it was disbanded in 1873.


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