22nd Foot

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in the area of Chester in 1688 as the "Duke of Norfolk's Regiment of Foot". Until 1751, it was known by the names of its successive colonels.

In 1689, the regiment was sent to Ireland as part of an English force led by General Schomberg. On July 12 1690, it fought at the Battle of the Boyne. In 1691, it was at the capture of Athlone and at the Battle of Aughrim (July 12). It then assumed garrison duty in Ireland until 1695.

During the Nine Years' War (1688–97), the regiment served briefly in the Netherlands in 1695 and returned to Ireland where it was stationed until 1702.

In 1702, the regiment was sent to Jamaica where it served until 1714.

In 1726, the regiment was sent to Minorca to assume garrison duty. He remained in this island until 1748.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, a small detachment of the regiment was sent from Minorca to the continent where it fought at the Battle of Dettingen on June 27 1743.

On July 1 1751, when a Royal warrant reorganised the British infantry, the regiment was designated as the "22nd Regiment of Foot".

During the Seven Years' War, the regiment was commanded by:

  • since August 12 1741: Richard O'Farrell
  • from July 11 1757 to December 11 1761: Edward Whitmore
  • from March 29 1762 to April 18 1782: Thomas Gage

Service during the War

The regiment arrived in New York in late 1756.

In 1757, the regiment was selected for the planned Campaign against Louisbourg or Québec. It initially garrisoned places in the area of New York. In early June, the transport fleet carrying the 22nd Foot sailed from New York, arriving at Halifax on June 30. Three French Naval Squadrons reinforced Louisbourg that summer and the expedition was cancelled. Lack of winter quarters at Halifax forced the relocation of the regiment to the area around Albany.

In Spring 1758, the regiment returned to Halifax. On May 28, it was aboard the British Fleet who departed Halifax for a second attempt against the Fortress of Louisbourg in Canada. On June 8, when Amherst's Army landed near Louisbourg, the regiment was part of the right brigade under Whitmore. In June and July, the regiment took part in the Siege of Louisbourg which surrendered on July 27. After the capture of the fortress, the regiment remained there as part of the garrison while its commander, Brigadier-General Whitmore was made governor of Cape Breton and of the Island of Saint-Jean (present-day Prince Edward Island).

In 1759, the grenadiers of the regiment were part of the expeditionary force sent against Québec. They formed a combined battalion known as "Louisbourg Grenadiers" with the grenadiers of the 40th Foot and 45th Foot. On July 31, they took part in the failed attack on the shores of Beauport, suffering heavy losses in the fight. On September 13, the grenadiers took part in the victorious Battle of the Plain of Abraham near Québec where they were deployed on the right flank, taking a prominent part in the glorious victory. General Wolfe died in the arms of Ensign Henry Browne of the 22nd Foot. Québec finally surrendered on September 18. At the end of October, Vice-Admiral Saunders fired his farewell salute and dropped down the Saint-Laurent River with his fleet. The grenadiers of the regiment who had formed part of the “Louisbourg Grenadiers” during this campaign, embarked aboard the fleet and returned to Louisbourg.

In March 1760, the regiment which was garrisoning Louisbourg was ordered to sail to Québec to reinforce Murray's Army. Later the same year, it was involved in the expedition against Montréal. In September, the regiment was present for the surrender of Montréal.

In 1761, part of the regiment was sent to Guadeloupe where a British expeditionary force was gathering for the expedition against Dominica. On June 6, the regiment disembarked on the island. It then took part in the assault of the French entrenchments which led to the rapid surrender of the island. In December, Amherst ordered Whitmore, the commander of the regiment, to return to Great Britain to take care of his health. On December 11, during his travel from Louisbourg to Boston, Whitmore was swept overboard and drowned.

In January and February 1762, part of the regiment took part in the expedition against Martinique, besieging Fort Royal and conquering the island. Then from March to August, it participated in the siege and capture of Havana, suffering heavy losses from sickness during the following months.

Uniform

Privates

Uniform in 1758 - Source: Frédéric Aubert
Uniform Details
Headgear
Musketeer black tricorne laced white with a black cockade (left side)
Grenadier
22nd Foot Grenadier Mitre Cap (as per Morier in 1751) - Source: Digby Smith and rf-figuren
British mitre with: a pale buff front edged white embroidered with white floral twigs and bright yellow leaves and with the white King's cipher surmounted by a crown (yellow with red cushions, white pearls and ermine headband); a small red front flap edged white with the white horse of Hanover surmounted by the motto "Nec aspera terrent" in white and with a yellow on green bottom strip; red back; a pale buff headband edged white probably wearing the number 22 in the middle part behind; a pale buff pompom with white inner threads
Neckstock white
Coat brick red lined pale buff and laced and edged white (white braid with two scarlet stripes) with 3 white buttonholes under the lapels (same lace as above) and laced swallow nests at the shoulders
Collar none
Shoulder Straps red fastened with a white button (left shoulder)
Lapels pale buff laced white (same lace as above) with 7 pewter buttons and 6 white buttonholes (same lace as above)
Pockets horizontal pockets with white laces (same lace as above), each with pewter buttons
Cuffs pale buff (slashed in the British pattern) laced white (same lace as above) with white buttonholes and white buttons on the sleeve
Turnbacks pale buff
Waistcoat brick red laced white (same lace as above)
Breeches brick red
Gaiters white with black buttons
brown, grey or black during campaigns (black after 1759)
Leather Equipment
Crossbelt natural leather
Waistbelt natural leather
Cartridge Box black
Bayonet Scabbard black
Scabbard black
Footgear black shoes


Troopers were armed with with a "Brown Bess" muskets, a bayonet and a sword. They also carried a dark brown haversack with a metal canteen on the left hip.

Officers

Officers of the regiment wore the same uniforms as the private soldiers but with the following differences

  • gilt gorget around the neck
  • an aiguilette on the right shoulder
  • silver lace instead of normal lace
  • a crimson sash

Officers wore the same headgear as the private soldiers under their command; however, officers of the grenadier company wore a more decorated mitre cap.

Officers generally carried a spontoon, however, in battle some carried muskets instead.

Musicians

According to the Royal Clothing Warrant of 1751:

The drummers of the regiment were clothed in reddish buff, lined, faced, and lapelled on the breast with red, and laced in such manner as the colonel shall think fit for distinction sake, the lace, however, was of the colours of that on the soldiers' coats.
The front or fore part of the drums was painted reddish buff, with the king's cypher and crown, and the number “XXII” under it. The rims were red.

Colours

King's Colour: Union with its centre decorated with a rose and thistle wreath around the regiment number "XXII" in gold Roman numerals.

Regimental Colour: reddish buff field; centre device consisting of a rose and thistle wreath around the regiment number "XXII" in gold Roman numerals. The Union in the upper left corner.

King's Colour - Source: PMPdeL
Regimental Colour - Source: PMPdeL

References

Aylor, Ron: British Regimental Drums and Colours

Boscawen, Hugh: The Capture of Louisbourg, 1758, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2011

Fortescue, J. W.: A History of the British Army Vol. II, MacMillan, London, 1899

Funcken, Liliane and Fred: Les uniformes de la guerre en dentelle

George II: The Royal Clothing Warrant, 1751

Lawson, Cecil C. P., A History of the Uniforms of the British Army - from the Beginnings to 1760, vol. II, p. 90-103

Mills, T. F.: Land Forces of Britain the Empire and Commonwealth (an excellent website which unfortunately seems to have disappeared from the web)

Morier, David: Paintings of the British Grenadiers in 1751

N.B.: the section Service during the War is mostly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.