This Day In History

  • 1799 82nd Regiment (later 2nd South Lancashires) disembarks at Gravesend on return from Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic). The strength was just 24 "sergeants and drummers." When it sailed outbound from Gibraltar just 3 years and 7 months earlier it had 844 officers and men. The Regiment's total loss in Santo Domingo was 22 officers (the exact number which had embarked at Gibraltar) and 1000 men. Such was the murderous effect of fever and disease in the Caribbean islands, which accounted for far more casualties than the French ever did.
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Future Battlefield Tours

To assist with long-term planning, the Friends of the Museum have announced details of their future annual Battlefield Tours. Please note that all dates are PROVISIONAL at this stage and may change once detailed planning  begins.

2012 – “Jacobite Rose” – Scotland and “The 45” – For full details see Forecast of Events – bookings now being taken

2013 – “Spanish Rose II” – Wellington in the Pyrenees 1813 –  A return to Spain to study the later stages of the Peninsular War – September 11-19 (provisional).

2014 – “Flanders Rose” – Mons to Ypres 1914 – On the centenary of the outbreak of the World War I, it is fitting that the Friends should once again return to Flanders to study the early stages of the Great War – September 10-18 (provisional).

2015 – “Waterloo Rose” – Waterloo 1815 – On the bicentennial of the iconic battle, where else could we go but back to the hallowed ground where the future of Europe was changed forever? – May 30 – June 6 (provisional)

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