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Thursday, 24 July 2014

British troops of the Seven Years War/French and Indian War: 43rd Regiment

The 43rd Regiment was raised in 1741 serving in Flanders. In 1756, they were garrisioned in Ireland and were then sent to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1757. The 43rd were then posted to Fort Anne, in Annapolis Royal and Fort Cumberland. It was a difficult task, acting in garrison as a counter insurgency force against the Mi'k Maq and the Acadian gurreillas. In 1758, they were NOT part of the Louisbourg campaign. They were however used as part of Wolfe's campaign in the Saint John river valley in the fall of 1758. They were then sent to Quebec in 1759.
 (Gerry Embleton) going out on patrol on another winters day in Nova Scotia, 1758
Painted figures to follow.
 Camp of the British 43rd Regiment during the siege of Fort Beauséjour,  June 1755
Camp of the British 43rd Regiment during the siege of Fort Beauséjour, June 1755
The men of the British 43rd Regiment of Foot were part of a 2,000 strong army under Lietenant-Colonel Robert Monkton that took Fort Beauséjour after a brief siege in the summer of 1755. At left can be seen men of the grenadier company, distinguished by their pointed mitre headdresses. In the centre are ordinary soldiers who have the tricorne hats worn by most of the regiment. The young men to the right are drummers, wearing coats with reversed colours (white with red facings instead of red with white). This was intended to make drummers easy to spot in a fight, which was important, since drum beats were used to give orders. The presence of women and children seem odd in a military encampment, but each British regiment would have a small number of soldiers' families following them on campaign. Reconstruction by Lewis Parker. (Parks Canada)

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