This Day in History: 1809-07-27

Battle of Talavera. 40th Regiment (later 1st South Lancashires) stand in the line as part of Campbell’s 4th Division, suffering relatively lightly (57 killed and wounded) in a grim defensive battle which costs the British over 5000 casualties. Two officers and 64 men of the 82nd (later 2nd South Lancashires), who had been left sick in Lisbon by their Regiment, fight in a “Battalion of Detachments”, suffering five casualties. Lt Gen Sir Arthur Wellesley is made Viscount Wellington of Talavera in recognition of his victory.