The Fourth Battalion (Wallajahbad Light Infantry) was raised at Madras as 33 Madras Battalion on 12 August 1794. The designation of the Battalion has undergone a number of changes during the 200 years of its existence. It used to be called 1/12th Regiment Madras Native Infantry in 1797, and later 4/3 Madras Regiment from 1922 onwards until it assumed its present designation in 1947.

Prior to independence. the Battalion participated in numerous wars. In recognition of their valour, the Battalion was awarded the Motto ‘NOW OR NEVER’. The present Motto of the Madras Regiment is ‘Swadharme Nidhanam Shrevah" which means ‘It is glory to die doing one's duty’. This was given to the Regiment by Shri C Rajagopalachari.

For its achievements in both the world wars the Battalion won several: honours. After Independence, it played a crucial role in controlling the post partition riots in Delhi and participated in a number of operations in India and also abroad in Congo. During the liberation of Jammu & Kashmir the Battalion captured Pir Kalewa and Camel's Hump near Mendhar. In 1961 it participated in ‘Operation Vijay’ for the liberation of Diu and later in the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971.

The Battalion has the distinction of being awarded 15 Battle Honours and 99 Gallantry Awards.

Stamp issued on the bicentenary of this Battalion. 

Date of Issue: 12.8.94