Sunday, 30 November 2014

16th Regiment of Foot


 
9th October 1688
Archibald Douglas’s Regiment of Foot. The regiment was raised at Reading from southern counties. Until 1751 it was also known by the names of other colonels.
1747
Ranked as the 16th Foot
1st July 1751
16th Regiment of Foot
31st August 1782
16th (the Buckinghamshire) Regiment of Foot.
May 1809

Exchanged county titles with the 14th Foot
1st July 1881
The Bedfordshire Regiment. Designated as the county regiment for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire, also encompassing militia and volunteer infantry.

29th July 1919
The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment  
2nd June 1958
Amalgamated with the Essex Regiment to form the 3rd East Anglian Regiment
1st September 1964
3rd East Anglian Regiment merges with the 1st East Anglian Regiment, 2nd East Anglian Regiment and The Royal Leicestershire Regiment to form the Royal Anglian Regiment.


Image courtesy of The Military Gentleman.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

15th Regiment of Foot - East Yorkshire Regiment


22nd June 1685
Sir William Clifton's Regiment of Foot. The regiment was raised at Nottingham. Until 1751 it was also known by the names of other colonels.
1st July 1751
15th Regiment of Foot
31st August 1782
15th (the Yorkshire East Riding) Regiment of Foot.
1st July 1881
The East Yorkshire Regiment. Designated as the county regiment for the East Riding, also encompassing militia and volunteer infantry.
6th May 1935
The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own).
25th April 1958
Amalgamated with the West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own) to form the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire.
6th June 2006
Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire. merges with the Green Howards and The Duke Of Wellington's Regiment to form The Yorkshire Regiment. The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire becomes the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.

The image, courtesy of Wikipedia, shows John Theophilus Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd son of the 1st Earl of Moira, in the uniform of the 15th Regiment of Foot (1776) with a flintlock gun (and two adoring dogs).

Sunday, 16 November 2014

14th Regiment of Foot - The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own)


22nd June 1685
Sir Edward Hales's Regiment of Foot. The regiment was raised at Canterbury. Until 1751 it was also known by the names of other colonels.
1st July 1751
14th Regiment of Foot
31st August 1782
14th (the Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot. Exchanged county titles with the 16th Regiment of Foot.
6th June 1876
14th (Buckinghamshire - The Prince of Wales's Own) Regiment of Foot
1st July 1881
The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Designated as the county regiment for West Yorkshire, also encompassing militia and volunteer infantry.
1st January 1921
The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own).
25th April 1958
Amalgamated with the East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) to form the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire.
6th June 2006
Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire. merges with the Green Howards and The Duke Of Wellington's Regiment to form The Yorkshire Regiment. The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire becomes the 1st Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.

The image on this post is taken from The BBC's Your Paintings website and depicts an officer of the 3rd Battalion, the 14th Regiment of Foot, Army of Occupation, Paris, 1816. Painted by Jean-Pierre-Frédéric Barrois.

13th Regiment of Foot - Somerset Light Infantry


20th June 1685
Earl of Huntingdon's Regiment of Foot. Until 1751 it was also known by the names of other colonels.
1st July 1751
13th Regiment of Foot
31st August 1782
13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot
25th December 1822
13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
26th August 1842
13th (1st Somersetshire) (Prince Albert's Light Infantry) Regiment of Foot 
1st July 1881
Prince Albert's Light Infantry (Somersetshire Regiment). Designated as the county regiment for Suffolk, also encompassing militia and volunteer infantry.
13th December 1881
Prince Albert's (Somersetshire Light Infantry)
1912
Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)
1st January 1921
The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
29th August 1959
Amalgamated with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry to form the The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry
10th July 1968
The Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry amalgamates with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, King's Shropshire Light Infantry and Durham Light Infantry to form The Light Infantry.
1st February 2007
The Light Infantry, along with the Devon & Dorset Regiment,  the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment and the Royal Green Jackets, are amalgamated to create a new regiment, The Rifles.

12th Regiment of Foot - The Suffolk Regiment


20th June 1685
The Duke of Norfolk's Regiment of Foot. The regiment was raised at Norwich from local men living in Norfolk and Suffolk. It also incorporated a detachment, raised in 1660, which had been sent to Virginia in 1667. Until 1751 it was also known by the names of ten other colonels.
1747
Ranked as 12th Foot
1st July 1751
12th Regiment of Foot
31st August 1782
12th (the East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot
1st July 1881
The Suffolk Regiment. Designated as the county regiment for Suffolk, also encompassing militia and volunteer infantry.
29th August 1959
Amalgamated with the Royal Norfolk Regiment to form the 1st East Anglian Regiment, (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk).
1st September 1964
1st East Anglian Regiment merges with the 2nd East Anglian Regiment, 3rd East Anglian Regiment and The Royal Leicestershire Regiment to form the Royal Anglian Regiment.

Pictured, Major General Sir Thomas Picton who joined the regiment in 1773 and was killed at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

11th Regiment of Foot - The Devonshire Regiment


13th June 1667
Marquess of Worcester's Regiment of Foot.
1667
Disbanded
24th January 1673
Marquess of Worcester's Regiment of Foot.
1673
Disbanded
20th June 1685
The Duke of Beaufort's Regiment of Foot. Known until 1751 by the names of ten subsequent colonels.
1st July 1751
11th Regiment of Foot
31st August 1782
11th (the North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot
1st July 1881
The Devonshire Regiment. Designated as the county regiment for Lincolnshire, also encompassing militia and volunteer infantry.
17th May 1958
Amalgamated with the Dorset Regiment to form the Devonshire & Dorset Regiment
2007
The Devonshire & Dorset Regiment merged with The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment to form the 1st Battalion, The Rifles.

The image on this post, courtesy Wikipedia, is a portrait by John Hoppner (1758-1810) of an unknown British officer circa 1800, probably from the North Devonshire Regiment of Foot.