Pearl's Naval Brigade

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HMS Pearl c.1856

Pearl's Naval Brigade was formed on 11 September 1857 when 175 officers and men of Royal Navy ship HMS Pearl formed a Naval Brigade which operated ashore during the Indian Mutiny with the Gurkhas and Sikhs providing artillery support.[1] The Brigade engaged in numerous actions against the rebel forces and most notably in the campaign that led to the Relief of Lucknow. They fought alongside a similar Brigade formed by the crew of HMS Shannon, which landed a considerable force of mobile guns and rifle companies, while Pearl's Naval Brigade deployed mostly rifle companies.[1]


  1. ^ a b 'The Naval Brigades of the Indian Mutiny, 1857-1858' Navy Records Society Vol 87, 1947 (Edited by Cdr W B Rowbotham RN)


  • 'Cruise of the Pearl with an Account of the Operations of the Naval Brigade in India' by Royal Navy Chaplain Rev. E A Williams Publisher: Naval & Military Press (2006) ISBN 978-1-84734-440-3

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