Highland Light Infantry
The regiment was formed as part of the Childers Reforms on 1 July
1881 by the amalgamation of the 71st (Highland) Light Infantry (as the 1st
Battalion) and the 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (as the 2nd Battalion) as
the city regiment of Glasgow, absorbing local Militia and Rifle Volunteer units.
Its exact status was ambiguous: although the regiment insisted on being classified as a non-kilted Highland regiment it recruited mainly from Glasgow in Lowland Scotland.
The 2nd Battalion saw action at the Battle of Tell El Kebir in September 1882 during the Anglo-Egyptian War: Lieutenant William Edwards was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the battle.
The battalion was stationed in England from 1883, but moved to India the following year.
In February 1900 it departed from Colombo to return home.
Photo Long (Newport)