Timeline

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  • 2007

    Formation of The Rifles

    After the return of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry to Chester in April 2006 from their successful operational tour in Northern Afghanistan, their main task was to prepare for the formation of the new Regiment, The Rifles, on 1st February 2007. A number of soldiers transferred to the other regiments that make […]

  • 2006

    Afghanistan

    The last overseas action of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry saw it carry out a six-month tour in Afghanistan. The Battalion were warned for an operational tour to Bosnia in January 2005. However, in April this was changed to Afghanistan. Despite the new operational focus, the Battalion continued to perform Public Duties […]

  • 1995

    The Formation of the RGBW

    After amalgamation the Regiment underwent a period of intensive training at Catterick in preparation for the busy life of a modern Infantry Regiment. By 1995 they were in Bosnia, then moving to Cyprus where they became the resident Battalion with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force. During this time they posted a Company to the Falkland […]

  • 1994

    A Sad Ending but….

    26th March 1994 saw the celebration of 300 years of service to Monarch, Country and County by The Gloucestershire Regiment. A service of Thanksgiving was held at the Cathedral in Gloucester, followed by a parade in the Docks at which the Colours of the Regiment were marched off parade for the last time. They are […]

  • 1994

    ….. A New Beginning

    On 27th April 1994 the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment joined the Order of Battle of the Army, with a strength of 25 Officers and 710 men. After being presented their new Colours by the Duke of Edinburgh, they were immediately deployed to Bosnia in the Balkans on operations in support of the United […]

  • 1978

    Volunteers and Cadets

    The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars had been reduced to cadre strength of three officers and four sergeants in 1969, but in 1971 were resurrected to form “A” and “C” Squadrons of the newly created Wessex Yeomanry, a Royal Armoured Corps regiment in the Territorial Army and Volunteer Reserve. In April 1967 5th (Territorial) Battalion of the […]

  • 1970

    Keeping the Peace – Northern Ireland

    In 1970 the Gloucestershire Regiment had narrowly survived a planned amalgamation with the Royal Hampshire Regiment. There was a last minute reprieve, won as a result of the Conservative Party victory in the General Election of that year, and the Royal Regiment of Gloucestershire and Hampshire turned out to be the “Regiment that never was.” […]

  • 1963

    Glosters Return to Cyprus

    Cyprus had gained its independence and become a Republic in 1960, but tensions between the Greek and Turkish communities remained high. The new Constitution had allowed the United Kingdom to retain some military bases on the island, and it was in March 1962 that the Gloucestershire Regiment returned to the island. For most of their […]

  • 1962

    A New Guidon for the Hussars

    27th May 1962 dawned cold and wet at Badminton, but the Ceremony to present the new Guidon to The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars proceeded with the four Squadron Guards of the Regiment marching onto parade in front of Badminton House. Uncasing the Guidon gave the spectators the first glimpse of the Standard which was emblazoned with […]

  • 1960

    The Cold War – BAOR and Berlin.

    Military service during the Cold War inevitably involved a posting to the British Army of The Rhine (BAOR) which formed part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) in what was then West Germany. The task was to counter the threat from the Soviet Union and their Communist Warsaw Pact allies whose massed armour and […]

  • 1957

    Keeping the Peace – Cyprus

    In January 1957 the Glosters were dispatched to Cyprus and were allocated the difficult task of internal security duties in the capital, Nicosia. This involved operations against the EOKA terrorists who were seeking union with Greece. This objective was violently opposed by the Turkish Cypriot population. Operations in Nicosia involved endless rounds of guard duties, […]

  • 1956

    Withdrawal from Empire – Aden and Bahrein

    In early 1956, after a very enjoyable and successful tour in Kenya, the Glosters were put on standby to go to Aden. In the period which led up to what became known as the Suez Crisis, anti-British feeling in the Middle East was running high. The Republic of Yemen was fomenting trouble among the tribal […]

  • 1955

    Withdrawal from Empire – Kenya

    The Gloucestershire Regiment’s posting to Kenya in 1955 was the first of many overseas tours during what was to become the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from Empire. Kenya had been in the turmoil for several years as a result of an insurrection led by the Kikuyu tribe against British rule. The main grievance was the ownership […]

  • 1953

    The Trials and Release of the P.O.Ws – Imjin River

    In his 1976 book “The Imjin Roll”, Colonel E.D. Harding computed the Gloucestershire Regiment’s losses in prisoners after the battle of the Imjin to have been 522. Fewer than fifty men from the forward Companies had broken through the Chinese forces which had encircled the battalion. When Major Grist reported the state of the battalion […]

  • 1948

    Amalgamation

    1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment returned to England from India in 1947 and, reduced to cadre strength, was put into a state of “suspended animation”. The Gloucesters had been the last British regiment to march through the streets of Delhi in the Victory Parade of 7th March 1946, prior to the independence the following year […]

  • 1946

    The Badminton Blue Danube

    Unlike its sister 2nd Battalion, 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars had not seen service overseas during the Second World War, but had been used for home defence and as an armoured training regiment. With the end of the war in Europe they began training for the war against Japan but, to their disappointment, their services were […]

  • 1945

    The End of the War in South-East Asia

    36th Division with its two British Brigades, the 29th and the 72nd, renewed their advance south towards Mandalay on the left bank of the Irrawaddy in January 1945, after a short delay imposed by unseasonal monsoon conditions. Their first target was Mongmit, almost a hundred miles away. 10th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment was, as ever, […]

  • 1945

    Holland & Germany

    As the war in Europe entered its final phase, both 2nd Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment and 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment (ex 5th Gloucesters) stood poised to complete the liberation of the Netherlands and to invade Germany. In the Far East, 10th Battalion were fighting in Burma and 1st Battalion were on internal security duties in Italy. […]

  • 1944

    Front Line Frankie & Vinegar Joe

    In February 1944 10th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment arrived from India on the Arakan Peninsula in Burma. The battalion had been formed in 1940, and in April 1942 had been converted to 159 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps. The new tank regiment had arrived in India in December 1942 and joined 32nd Indian Armoured Division, but […]

  • 1944

    Invasion & Liberation

    After 2nd Battalion and 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment returned to England from France in 1940 they were brought up to strength, retrained and re-equipped for the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe in 1944. 2nd Battalion remained an infantry Battalion but 5th Battalion was converted to 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment which, equipped with armoured cars would […]

  • 1941

    Rearguard in Burma

    7th December 1941 found 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment based at Rangoon, one of only two British battalions in Burma employed in internal security duties. When the Japanese invaded Burma at the beginning of the 1942 1st Battalion was guarding the approaches to the capital, road, riverine and at Mingaladon airfield. After British defeats at […]

  • 1941

    Operation Crusader

    2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars arrived in Egypt on 1st October 1941 as one regiment of 22nd Armoured Brigade which was allocated to reinforce 7th Armoured Division, in preparation for General Sir Claude Auchinleck’s planned offensive in November. 7th Armoured Division, whose divisional emblem was the jerboa, or “Desert Rat”, included two other armoured brigades, the […]

  • 1940

    Cassel and Ledringhem

    On 2nd October 1939 2nd Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment landed in France with the British Expeditionary Force, as part of 3rd Infantry (Iron) Division commanded by Major-General Bernard Law Montgomery. 5th Battalion arrived in France on 15th January 1940 with 144th Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division. 48th Division was a familiar name from the Great […]

  • 1936

    Egypt and Preparation for War

    The Abyssinian Crisis of 1935 prompted the dispatch of a British force to Egypt in order to protect any possible threat against British interests there. On 7th January 1936 2nd Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment left Southampton and arrived at Alexandria nine days later. By the 24th January the battalion, which was due to convert to […]

  • 1927

    2nd Battalion in Shanghai

    After the end of the Great War, 2nd Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment were posted once again to India. On 27th January 1927, the battalion set sail from Bombay to Shanghai as part of 9th (Jhansi) Infantry Brigade), the lead element of an expeditionary force gathering to protect the International Settlement from the ravages of the […]

  • 1921

    The Irish War of Independence

    In December 1920 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment was sent from England to County Cork in Ireland. Ireland was in the middle of its War of Independence and the Gloucesters’ operations focused upon raids on houses and farmsteads, patrols and convoy protection around Kilworth and Kanturk looking for I.R.A. members and arms caches. The battalion […]

  • 1918

    Salonika, Macedonia and Italy

    At the beginning of 1918, 2nd and 9th Battalions of the Gloucestershire Regiment had already been in Salonika and Macedonia for two years. The Front had been largely static, with the Allied presence serving to support Serbia and threaten Bulgaria. Resources had never been enough for a major offensive to be mounted during this period, […]

  • 1918

    Kaiserschlacht and Victory

    The Bantams of 14th Battalion were disbanded on 11th February 1918, and the survivors, some 250 strong, were transferred to 13th Battalion. On 20th February, 2/4th and 2/6th Battalions were also disbanded, their surviving personnel transferring to 2/5th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment and 24th Entrenching Battalion. 10th Battalion had already been disbanded in February 1917, […]

  • 1917

    The Hindenburg Line & Third Ypres

    In March 1917 the Gloucesters still had twelve battalions on the Western Front, several of which, in various Divisions, were to be involved in the fighting that took place during the cautious pursuit of the German Army as it withdrew back towards the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line. 61st Division (mockingly referred to as the “Sixty-Worst” […]

  • 1917

    Mesopotamia and Palestine

    7th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment had landed at Basra in what is now southern Iraq on 4th March 1916, after leaving Gallipoli for Egypt in January. In April, 7th Battalion took part in the costly and doomed effort to relieve the city of Kut, where Major-General Townshend’s Division was encircled by a Turkish besieging army. […]

  • 1916

    The Gloucesters on the Somme

    By the summer of 1916 twelve battalions of the Gloucestershire Regiment were on the Western Front. 1st and 10th Battalions in 1st Division; 1/4th, 1/5th and 1/6th in 48th (1/South Midland) Division; 2/4th, 2/5th and 2/6th in 61st (2/South Midland) Division; 8th Battalion in 19th Division; 12th Battalion in 5th Division; 13th Battalion in 39th […]

  • 1916

    With the Yeomanry in Egypt

    On 22nd November 1915 the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars left Gallipoli and sailed back to Egypt. The regiment was gradually brought closer to full strength and within a few months the yeomen were again in action, and this time their horses were with them. The British defence of the Suez Canal was centered on the town […]

  • 1915

    Gallipoli

    Once the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who had rushed to join the British Army were allocated to their various regiments and corps and trained for war, so the size of the British armies on campaign overseas swelled in numbers. 1/4th, 1/5th and 1/6th Territorial battalions of the Gloucestershire Regiment were the first to join […]

  • 1914

    Outbreak of First World War

    Following its invasion of Belgium, Great Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August. Within a week 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment had left their quarters near Aldershot and crossed to France as an integral part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). Taking part in the retreat from Mons, they distinguished themselves in what later […]

  • 1908

    Reorganisation and Retraining

    The lessons learned from the Boer War and the looming probability of war in Europe prompted in 1908 the biggest reorganisation of the British Army since 1881, pushed through by the Secretary of State for War, Lord Haldane, in the face of considerable opposition. For the Gloucestershire Regiment, the two regular battalions were unaffected, and […]

  • 1900

    Regulars and Volunteers in the Boer War

    Throughout 1900 the might of the British Empire continued to mobilise and head for South Africa, and still more soldiers of Gloucestershire were with them, hurrying to join 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment in the war against the Boers. 2nd Battalion arrived at Cape Town on 21st January 1900, and a Volunteer Company of 124 […]

  • 1899

    The Siege of Ladysmith

    1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment sailed from Calcutta on 25th September 1899 and arrived in Durban on 13th October. By the time they arrived in South Africa, British negotiations with the Boer states of Transvaal and the Orange Free State had irretrievably broken down and the Second Boer War was two days old. The British […]

  • 1894

    Pax Britannica – 1st Battalion in Malta

    On 11th November 1893 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment landed in Malta, not for the first nor last time. The battalion was carried once again by the HIMALAYA, a venerable troop transport that had seen service during the Crimean War, and which would be decommissioned the following year, but remaining afloat until she was bombed […]

  • 1881

    The Gloucestershire Regiment

    The Regularization of the Forces Act of 1871 had brought about the reorganization of recruiting and administration on a largely county basis for the British Army. The act was part of a series of reforms instigated by the Secretary of War, Edward Cardwell, which included the abolition of purchase for commissions, and improved conditions of […]

  • 1881

    The British Boers

    The invasion scares that had periodically flared up in Britain during the French Second Empire of Napoleon III had abated by 1881, but it was recognized that the regular army had to modernize in view of the rise of the influence and power of Germany. Also, the Volunteer units that had first been raised in […]

  • 1876

    Pax Britannica – The 28th in Hong Kong

    On 19th December 1875 the 28th North Gloucestershire Regiment, 973 strong, left Malta aboard the troopship HIMALAYA, bound for Hong Kong. Their leaving was much regretted as a farewell address published in The Malta Times shows:- “The painful task of saying farewell to this gallant Corps, under the command of Lieut.-Colonel C.A.S. Dickins, is rendered […]

  • 1866

    From Ireland to Canada with the 61st

    The British Army had long recruited heavily in Ireland and the two Gloucestershire Regiments, the 28th and the 61st, were no exceptions, but the numbers of Irish recruits had been steadily falling from the 1840s until the outbreak of the Great War. In 1865 the 61st Regiment were posted once again to Ireland, and in […]

  • 1859

    “Form! form! Riflemen form!”

    During the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars a thriving Volunteer movement had grown up, whereby tens of thousands of men were equipped and trained as part-time soldiers, ready to defend the United Kingdom from French invasion. As the invasion threat subsided during the course of the wars, the Volunteer companies were disbanded or converted to […]

  • 1857

    The Siege of Delhi

    The 61st South Gloucestershire Regiment had been soldiering in India since 1845 and was stationed at Ferozepore when the Indian Mutiny erupted in May 1857. With Her Majesty’s 61st Regiment in Ferozepore were the 45th and 57th Native Infantry Regiments, the 10th Native Light Cavalry, and a European Light Field Artillery Battery. The two Native […]

  • 1855

    Trench Warfare

    In 1855 Peace was not signed until 31st March 1856. The Russian fleet had been scuttled in the harbour, and the progress of the siege was marked by its miserable conditions, the armies rife with disease, and acts of gallantry and heroism displayed by both sides. The 28th had gone to the Crimea around 800 […]

  • 1854

    Concerning Colours and Skirmishers…

    On February 23rd 1854 the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment set sail from Liverpool on the troopship “Niagara”, bound for Gallipoli to support Turkey in her resistance to Russian designs upon Constantinople and the Mediterranean. On March 28th War was declared upon Russia, and the allied expeditionary forces were not to become engaged with their Russian […]

  • 1849

    The Battle of Chillianwallah

    The Second Anglo-Sikh War of 1848-49 followed hot on the heels of the First Anglo-Sikh War of 1845-46. As a result of the first war the Sikhs had ceded Kashmir and accepted the presence of a British minister in Lahore, which gave the East India Company enormous power in the Sikh government. War broke out […]

  • 1835

    The 28th in Australia

    In February 1835 the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment started its voyage from England, twenty-three ships in all, bound for New South Wales in Australia. Here they were to remain until 1842, when they left for India. The 28th’s headquarters was at Parramatta, now a suburb of Sydney, but contingents were despatched elsewhere in New South […]

  • 1831

    The Yeomanry and the Bristol Riots

    The rejection of the Reform Bill in Parliament by the House of Lords provoked widespread unrest throughout the country. The old order was being challenged and the “moth of democracy” was in the air. Nowhere was there more trouble than in Bristol. On October 29th 1831 Sir Charles Wetherell, the senior Alderman of Bristol, called […]

  • 1815

    Quatre Bras and Waterloo

    After the end of the War in 1814 Napoleon was imprisoned on the island of Elba and the Congress of Vienna started its work to bring about a permanent peace. However, everything was thrown into turmoil with Napoleon’s escape to France a year later. This caused an urgent recall of the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment […]

  • 1814

    The Flowers of Toulouse

    Once San Sebastian and Pamplona had fallen, Wellington commenced the invasion of France. In a series of opposed river crossings, the Allies forced the Bidassoa on 7th October 1813, the Nivelle on 10th November, and the Nive between the 9th and 13th of December. There were still many more rivers to cross. The 28th suffered […]

  • 1813

    Over the Hills and Far Away

    The winter of 1812/1813 saw Wellington’s army encamped back on the Spanish-Portuguese border, around Ciudad Rodrigo. Madrid had been liberated, and the whole of southern Spain had been evacuated by the French, but Wellington’s delay and failure before the fortress city of Burgos, together with a breakdown in the supply situation, had forced him back […]

  • 1812

    The Battle of Salamanca

    In the summer of 1811, the first battalion of the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment having returned to Gibraltar, set sail for Lisbon to march to join the second Battalion in 2nd Division. The men from 2/28th joined 1/28th, and the officers and NCOs of the former returned to England to recruit. In October the 28th […]

  • 1812

    Over the Hills and Far Away

    The winter of 1812/1813 saw Wellington’s army encamped back on the Spanish-Portuguese border, around Ciudad Rodrigo. Madrid had been liberated, and the whole of southern Spain had been evacuated by the French, but Wellington’s delay and failure before the fortress city of Burgos, together with a breakdown in the supply situation, had forced him back […]

  • 1811

    Barrosa and Albuera

    1810 had seen the Allies on the defensive, and Wellington had retreated back to the Lines of Torres Vedras near Lisbon, after fighting a successful delaying action at Bussaco. The 61st Foot were present at Bussaco, as was the newly arrived second battalion of the 28th Foot (2/28th), but neither took much part in the […]

  • 1809

    Walcheren, Oporto and Talavera

    Five months after the evacuation of the army from Corunna back to England in January 1809, the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment were sent abroad again, this time on the ill-fated Walcheren expedition in the Netherlands. The expedition resulted in nothing except for heavy losses in both dead and sick from Walcheren Fever, probably malaria. The […]

  • 1808

    With Sir John Moore in Spain

    After returning from the Copenhagen Expedition of 1807, the 28th Foot were sent to Portugal the following year. On 24th October 1808 the army under Sir John Moore marched into Spain to support our new Spanish allies who had risen against the French.  Moore’s strategy was to cut Napoleon’s communications with France as the French […]

  • 1806

    The 61st at the Battle of Maida

    The War of the Third Coalition saw much British activity in the Mediterranean, in particular in southern Italy, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. On 4th July 1806 a small British army of around 5000 under General Sir John Stuart met and defeated a French force of similar size under the command of General Jean-Louis […]

  • 1801

    The Battle of Alexandria

    On March 21st 1801 a battle was fought outside Alexandria which resulted in the 28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment being awarded a unique distinction. The army was led by General Sir Ralph Abercrombie and the 28th were part of the Reserve Division under the command of Major General Sir John Moore, occupying an unfinished redoubt in […]

  • 1799

    South Africa and the Riflemen of the 61st

    In January 1799 the 61st (South Gloucestershire) Regiment landed at the Cape of Good Hope. The British military presence was required to forestall any French attempt to annex the Dutch colony and to safeguard the passage to India. The 61st were actively engaged in subduing both Boer rebellion and fighting the local Kaffirs.  One memorable […]

  • 1795

    The Formation of the Cheltenham Troop

    In 1794, with Britain at war with Revolutionary France, the Prime Minister, William Pitt, put before Parliament a plan to improve the defences of the country in the event of an invasion. One of the measures taken was to raise “a species of Cavalry consisting of Gentlemen and Yeomanry, who could not be called upon […]

  • 1794

    With The Grand Old Duke of York

    On 1st February 1793, Revolutionary France declared war on Great Britain and the Netherlands, launching an invasion of the latter fifteen days later. With astonishing rapidity Britain sent an expeditionary force to the aid of its ally, which set sail from Greenwich later the same month.  The following year, the 28th Regiment set sail from […]

  • 1782

    The Loss of Minorca

    In 1763 the island of Minorca had been ceded, for the second time, to Great Britain at the end of the Seven Years War. In 1771 the 61st Foot were posted there as part of the small British garrison. The American Revolution quickly led to Britain being again at war with her old colonial rivals, […]

  • 1782

    North and South Gloucestershire

    1782 saw the introduction of County titles to most of the Regiments of Foot in the British Army. Regiments had always recruited from far and wide in the kingdom and beyond, and, indeed, would continue to do so. Both the 28th and the 61st recruited heavily in Ireland for many years, as did many other […]

  • 1778

    The Capture of St Lucia

    On 13th March 1778 France recognised the independence of the United States of America, and thus Great Britain and France were at war again. The 28th Foot, together with the 4th, 5th, 15th, 27th, 35th, 40th, 46th, 49th and 50th Regiments, plus fifty Light Dragoons, embarked at Staten Island in New York, bound for the […]

  • 1776

    The Battle of White Plains

    The Battle of White Plains was an inconclusive action fought on 28th October 1776 outside New York with about 4,000 men engaged on each side – the British under the command of Major General Sir William Howe, the Americans led by General George Washington. The battle came about as a result of Howe’s efforts to […]

  • 1768

    Inspections and Light Companies

    1768 produced a comprehensive set of instructions in the form of a new Royal Warrant for the army with regard to their dress, accoutrements and equipment. Each regiment was expected to comply with these regulations, and much attention was paid to the often minor but proud distinctions of uniform detail applicable to the diverse regiments, […]

  • 1764

    The Incident of Walker’s Ear

    One year after the end of the Seven Years War the 28th Foot were on garrison duty in Montreal. Day-to-day life was made very difficult for the soldiery there by one Thomas Walker, an important merchant and magistrate of the city, particularly with regard to his failure to provide them with adequate quarters during the […]

  • 1759

    The Capture of Guadeloupe

    The first battle honour to be won by the 61st Foot was “Guadeloupe”.  The Regiment left Portsmouth in November 1758 and was with the fleet when it began the bombardment of the fortified town of Basse Terre on the island. The town was swiftly captured, but the troops soon succumbed to disease in their fever-ridden […]

  • 1759

    The Heights of Abraham

    In 1757 the 28th Foot sailed for the Americas with the Expeditionary Force under General Wolfe whose task was to wrest Canada from the French. The first action in which the Regiment was engaged was the Siege and Capture of Louisbourg, a strongly fortified post on the Eastern Seaboard of Nova Scotia. A year later […]

  • 1758

    The Creation of the 61st Regiment of Foot

    In 1756 the British army began another period of expansion as wartime exigencies led to the authorization of many regiments to recruit more men and add second battalions to their establishments. One of them was the 3rd Regiment of Foot (The Buffs) whose new second battalion was stationed in England between 1757 and 1758. In […]

  • 1745

    Fontenoy and Lord George Sackville

    The Battle of Fontenoy of 11th May 1745 is most often remembered in British history for the meeting on the battlefield of the British and French Guards and the elegant exchanges (which were later embroidered by Voltaire, no less) between Lord Charles Hay of the 1st Foot Guards and his opposite number, the Comte d’Auterroche. […]

  • 1744

    The 28th Regiment of Foot in Flanders

    From “Historical Records of the Twenty Eighth North Gloucestershire Regiment” by Lieutenant-Colonel F. Brodigan. London, 1884:- “The regiment was with Marshal Wallace’s army in this year in Flanders, and served in the campaign under Field Marshal Wade. The army was encamped near Brussels, and afterwards behind the Scheldt. But the enemy having so great a […]

  • 1742

    Bragg’s Regiment and the 28th Foot

    In 1734 Philip Bragg became Colonel of the Regiment which had been first raised in 1694 by John Gibson. Bragg was to command the Regiment for twenty-five years, until his death in 1759. In 1742 the British Army adopted a new, and initially very unpopular, numbering system for its regiments, which were no longer to […]

  • 1730

    Appointment of a New Colonel

    Barrell’s Regiment had been sent to Ireland in 1720, where it was to remain for the next twenty-two years. In 1730 a new Colonel was appointed to replace William Barrell. Nicholas Price was a Brigadier, struggling to maintain his way of life on a Colonel’s half-pay. He appealed to the king to grant him the […]

  • 1725

    The men are very good…

    Regiments were subject to inspections from time-to-time to ensure that all was in order and to rectify any problems that might have arisen. On 25th July 1725 Barrell’s Regiment was reported on after an inspection by Major-General Thomas Pearce while they were stationed at Limerick in Ireland. “In obedience to your Excellency’s Commands I have […]

  • 1719

    The Raid on Vigo

    After having survived the swingeing cuts in the army establishment following the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, Gibson’s regiment of 1694, now under the command of Colonel William Barrell, was selected to take part in the expedition against Spain in 1719. Spain was in open support of James Stuart, Pretender to the British Crown, and […]

  • 1707

    Defeat at the Battle of Almanza

    After returning to England, De Lalo’s Regiment gained a new Colonel, Viscount Mordaunt. Mordaunt’s Regiment set sail for Lisbon, then to Alicante, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Dalzell. The Allied army of Portuguese, British, German, Dutch and French Huguenot troops under the command of the Earl of Galway marched to resounding defeat at the hands […]

  • 1706

    Annus Mirabilis

    Of the four great battles fought by the Duke of Marlborough in the War of the Spanish Succession, (Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet) De Lalo’s Regiment was present at only one of them – the greatest of them all, Ramillies, 1706. “Marlborough cannot be robbed of the laurels of Ramillies. The Schellenberg, his detractors said, […]

  • 1705

    Forcing the Lines of Brabant

    The Regiment first raised in 1694 by John Gibson was sold by him in 1704 to Colonel Sampson De Lalo, a Huguenot exile in England. De Lalo’s Regiment was still in England when the Duke of Marlborough won his great victory at Blenheim, but arrived in Flanders in time to take part in forcing of […]

  • 1698

    Disbandment, Survival and Resurrection

    The Treaty of Ryswick of 20th September 1697 brought to an end the indecisive War of the Grand Alliance, and, as a result, the army was voted in Parliament to be reduced to a strength of 10,000 men, Many of the recently raised British regiments were disbanded the following year, Gibson’s Regiment among them. “The […]

  • 1697

    The Newfoundland Expedition

    In February 1697 the King appointed Colonel John Gibson to lead an expedition to Newfoundland. This mission was rendered necessary by the headway that the French had made in that colony. Gibson’s command included his own Regiment an artillery train under Colonel Michael Richards, with instructions to protect the interests of the British colonists. They […]

  • 1694

    1694 John Gibson Beats The Drum

    On 16th February 1694 Sir John Gibson, Lieutenant Governor of Portsmouth, was tasked to raise a new Regiment of Infantry. Gibson had served for many years with the Dutch army under the Prince of Orange, later King William III of England and Scotland. Gibson’s pay as Colonel of his new Regiment was set at twelve […]

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