This Day in History: 1775-05-08

40th Foot (later 1st South Lancashires) embarks at Monkstown, County Cork, Ireland, under orders for America where it is to reinforce the British forces fighting the American War of Independence. For many it was a journey home, they having joined the regiment during it’s 47 years of service in North America from its’ formation in Newfoundland in 1717 until its first posting to home service in 1767, less than 10 years before.