This Day in History: 1806-07-06

In the streets of Buenos Aires, in Spanish South America, the Light Companies of the 1st/40th and 1st/47th Regiments (later 1st South Lancashires and 1st Loyals) are surrounded, cut off, and forced to surrender in an ill-managed and disastrous British attempt to capture the city. Both Regiments are present but not committed. The British Commanding General, John Whitelock, is later court-martialled, sentenced to be cashiered, ‘and declared totally unfit to serve His Majesty in any military capacity whatever’.