Very little is known of this Regiment
Ceylon Rifle Regiment (C.R.R.) was a regular native regiment formed by the British in Ceylon . Its history goes back to 1795 when five independent companies of Malays where transferred from Dutch to H.E.I.C. The East India Company, also the English East India Company, and sometimes the British East India Company was an early English Joint Stock Company that was formed for pursuing trade with the East Indies, India and China The oldest among several similarly formed European East India Companies, the Company was granted an English, Royal Charter under the name Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies, by Elizabeth 1st on 31 December 1600.(1) After a rival English company challenged its monopoly in the late 17th century, the two companies were merged in 1708 to form the United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies, commonly styled the Honourable East India Company, and abbreviated, HEIC Dutch to HEIC service. Since then the regiment under deferent names had fought for the British in theKayndyan War and the Uva Rebellion of 1818. The action the Ceylon Rifle Regiment saw was in the Matale Rebelion in 1848. Since it served no practical application and was disbanded in 1873.
The Soldiers listed below represent the soldiers who were in Australia on Garrison Duty. It is unsure if they settled. If it is confirmed they will be given their own page and be listed above. The list of names has come from many areas, Military records of the Regiment , Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records etc etc . Many soldiers transferred from Regiment to Regiment
SYMONDS J. J.
(1) The Register of Letters &c. of the Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies, 1600–1619. On page 3, a letter written by Elizabeth I on January 23, 1601 ("Witnes or selfe at Westminster the xxiiijth of Ianuarie in the xliijth yeare of or Reigne.") states, "Haue been pleased to giue lysence vnto or said Subjects to proceed in the said voiadgs, & for the better inabling them to establish a trade into & from the said East Indies Haue by or tres Pattents vnder or great seale of England beareing date at Westminster the last daie of December last past incorporated or said Subjecte by the name of the Gournor & Companie of the merchaunts of London trading into the East Indies, & in the same tres Pattents haue geven them the sole trade of the East Indies for the terme of XVteen year's ..." (sic)
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