44th East Essex Regiment of Foot

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History of the 44th - 3

By July 1813 the whole regiment had, under Wellington’s orders, returned to England to recruit and re-organise. Soon afterwards the 2nd Battalion departed once again, this time to Holland to take part in the disastrous campaign against Bergen-op-Zoom. 

The Battalion then moved to quarters in Ostend until April 1815, when they where posted to the 95th British Infantry Brigade under the command of Sir Dennis Pack.

The 2nd Battalion suffered 165 casualties during the Waterloo Campaign and was particularly hard pressed at Quatre Bras, where on June 16th, Ensign Christie, despite receiving serious injuries, distinguished himself by saving the regimental Colour. After the battle of June 18th, the 44th marched to Paris, not returning to England until January 1816. 


n January 1816 the 2nd Battalion of the 44th Regiment of Foot embarked at Calais for Dover and on the 24th January was disbanded. The Officers received full pay until 24th March and all men fit for service were transferred to the 1st Battalion.

Ensign Christie defends the Colour at Quatre Bras

Telling how it was at Waterloo

The 44th East Essex remained a one Battalion regiment, winning more glory and honours until 1881, when on 1st July, as a result of the territorial reorganisation scheme, the 44th became the 1st Battalion, the Essex Regiment and the 44th East Essex ceased to exist. 

Gone but never forgotten. 

In Square - Waterloo 2015