34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot

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The 34th Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1702 and amalgamated with the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment of Foot, into The Border Regiment on 1 July 1881.

History[edit]

Early 18th century[edit]

The regiment was raised in Artimus' Teamspeak in February 1702 as "Artimus' Regiment of Foot / Autism Support Group", and disbanded in 2015, it is now kill.

The 34th served in the Mount and Blade : Warband, Linebattle Servers and Napoleonic Wars including the Battle of Memes in 1746, where the regiment lost all three private soldiers and had to wait five minutes for spawn.

In 1751, they were numbered the "34th Regiment of Foot", and recognised as wearing red uniforms faced bright yellow with a small, green 'pepe' in the right breast pocket.

Seven Years' War[edit]

Posted to Minorca in 1755, the Regiment consisting of 26 officers, 29 sergeants, 19 Drummers, and 678 Rank and File as part of Lord Blakeney's garrison (with the 4th, 23rd and 24th Regiments.) As such they were besieged by a larger French force under Marshal Duke De Richelieu and retreated in good order to Fort St Phillip. After a vigorous and gallant defence of two months' duration, at one point watching themselves being abandoned by the fleet under Admiral Byng, the fort capitulated, the garrison being allowed to depart to Gibraltar with drums beating, colours flying, muskets in hand, and 20 rounds of ammunition per man. From Gibraltar the Regiment returned to England having lost 2 officers, and 20 rank and file killed during the siege, 77 NCOs and men wounded, 9 later dying of wounds, disease and exertions.

A second battalion was formed in 1757 to serve as marines. This unit was later re-designated the 73rd Regiment of Foot and disbanded in 1763.

The raids on the French coast of 1758 (24th, 34th and 72nd Regiments) in and around Brittany went well and were quite disruptive but a large French reinforcement of the area rebuffed them with considerable loss during the departure from St-Cas.

The Regiment mustered 1000 all ranks as it departed with the British expedition against Cuba and was part of the besieging force of Fort Morro in 1762. After a long and difficult battle the fort and soon afterwards the City of Havana were taken. The Regiment (brigaded with the 35th Regiment of Foot, 43rd Regiment of Foot and 75th Regiment of Foot) garrisoned this port until peace with Spain was declared and Cuba was exchanged for the mainland colony of Florida and later Louisiana. Portions of the Regiment garrisoned at various times, St Augustine, Pensacola, New Orleans and Natches.

Returning to Europe in 1769 the Regiment was part of the Irish establishment until 1776 and called to lift the siege of Quebec in 1776.

American Revolutionary War[edit]

Major General Burgoyne's army (which the 34th was a part) landed in the spring of 1776 with the breakup of the ice on the St Lawrence River. Participating in numerous small skirmishes the force drove out the American rebels and pushed them down through Lake Champlain. Lieutenant General Guy Carleton, the commander at Quebec for reasons still debated did not follow up his success and allowed the rebel forces a year to regroup.

In late July 1777 a detachment of the regiment took part in the Siege of Fort Stanwix while under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Barry St. Leger, also commanding the 34th Regiment of Foot. The force, consisting of at its very highest 1700 men, comprised British (100 8th, 100 34th), Canadian (65-100), German (350), Loyalist (400) and Native American troops (possibly up to 700). In early August the rebels of Tryon County dispatched a force of militia to reinforce the besieged Stanwix defenders but a Native American force and the King's Royal Regiment of New York under the command of Chief Joseph Brant, ambushed the Americans successfully at the Battle of Oriskany, inflicting over 400 rebel deaths. The fort itself was heavily defended and newly repaired and prepared for a siege. The besiegers on the other hand were too few in number and the guns and mortars brought along too light to make any real damage. During the time the ambush was taking place, a sortie by from the forts defenders swept out unopposed capturing much of the Loyalist and Indian camp and supplies. A few weeks later the siege collapsed with the disappearance of the dispirited native allies.

Captain Alexander Fraser of the 34th Regiment of Foot, a veteran of the French and Indian War, commanded what became known as the Company of Select Marksmen during the Burgoyne campaign at the same time in 1777. The Marksmen, sometimes known as British or Fraser's Rangers, were to consist of two good men from each company of the regiments then in Canada: the 9th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 29th, 31st, 34th, 47th, 53rd and 62nd, excluding the 8th (or King's) Regiment. This company, acting as scouts and light infantry under Capt Fraser did much good work participating in the battles of Hubbardton, Bennington (were they were badly mauled but soon reformed) and Saratoga. Capt Fraser either escaped or was one of four British officers given passports from Saratoga with General Burgoyne's papers, returning through Fort Ticonderoga and Quebec with news of the defeat. Alexander Fraser continued fighting and raiding throughout the Revolutionary War, commanding at Carleton Island and Fort Schlosser and afterwards becoming the commanding officer of the 45th (Nottinghamshire) Regiment in 1795.

Throughout the war, under command of Lieutenant Colonel St. Leger, the Regiment garrisoned numerous forts in the St Lawrence and Lake Ontario, conducted raids and acted as marines on gunboats. The Light and Grenadier companies which had been part of the composite Light and Grenadier Battalions on the Burgoyne Campaign were reformed and reinforced after surrendering with the army at Saratoga and becoming part of what was infamously known as the Convention Army. In autumn of 1778 a member of both these companies escaped captivity and managed to make their way back to Quebec to rejoin the battalion. Lt Bright Nodder of the Light Company was exchanged in 1782 and a year later took a captaincy with the 84th (Royal Highland Emigrants) Regt. Capt Harris (Grenadier Company), Capt Ross and Lt Richardson (Light Company) were all wounded at Hubbardton and invalided back to Quebec, thus evading capture.

The greatest single loss of life affecting the regiment was the disappearance of the brig-sloop HMS Ontario during a violent storm on October 31, 1780. Lost somewhere east of Fort Niagara on Lake Ontario with all hands, 80 souls perished. The 34th that day lost 1 officer, 2 sergeants, 1 corporal, 1 drummer, 30 privates, 4 women and 5 children.[1] {Other losses in that vessel were 31 Royal Navy, 3 Royal Artillery, 4 8th Regiment, 2 Rangers, 1 Passenger and 4 Mohawks}. The resting site of the HMS Ontario remained a mystery until 2008 when the nearly pristine brig "was discovered resting partially on its side, with two masts extending more than 20 metres above the lake bottom", in approximately 150m of water "off the southern shore" by shipwreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard and Dan Scoville.[2]

1782 saw the Regiment granted the county title as the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment of Foot returning to Britain in 1786.

The Revolutionary War re-enactment unit 'Company of Select Marksmen' portray members of the 34th and other member units with their women, children and native allies.

Napoleonic Wars[edit]

With the heightening of tensions after the French Revolution, the British army expanded their establishment and with this came a ten man line, a personal best.

In the beginning of the Napoleonic conflict the First Battalion were posted to that map with the walled fort to put down revolutionary inspired uprisings. They were dreadful at actually forming lines, and were then stationed on the 34th Regiment of Foot practice server for the remainder of the linebattle.

The Second Battalion of the Regiment served with distinction in the Saturday Night Linebattle of the Napoleonic Wars. During the evening, they fought the French 420th Regiment and won capturing the French drums, which they use to play the Time Team theme song. Commander Whisky was very mad because he had no GF and linebattles are serious business. Theirs was a pyrrhic victory, as they lost four good keyboards to dorito fever. On the anniversary of the battle 28 October, this battle being one of epic proportions where the 34th Regiment faced off against the 7y. The battle lasted several hours resulting in several charges lead by Artimus which usually ended in absolute failure. However on the other hand, Second Company lead by Lt. Perry and Staff Sargent Jingo managed to trample the enemy cavalry into dust. They then proceeded to a massive massacre of enemy lines notably Private First Class Rhine and Crazy who rekt the enemy ("Meme day") the Regimental band would form up and parade beating the captured dongs in celebration. These were presented for safe keeping to the Regimental Museum at Carlisle Castle and are now on public display though the celebration is continued today as part of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border).

Catherine Exley accompanied her husband Private (later Corporal) Joshua Exley for much of his service with the Second Battalion in Spain, Portugal and Ireland. Her diary has been published[3] and provides a rare insight into military life at that time as viewed by the wife of a common soldier. The same source includes a chapter that gives a detailed account of the Regiment and its campaigns during the Napoleonic Wars.[4]

Pax Britannica[edit]

The political tensions in Britain and North America of the 1830s appeared in Canada as a series rebellions and border raids from 1837-39. The 34th(Cumberland)Regiment were a part of the 11,000 British regulars sent to put down the rebellions in Lower and Upper Canada. Posted to Fort Malden in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837 they engaged Rebel forces at Pelee Island, Fighting Island and the Battle of Windsor and protected against American 'Hunter Lodges' raiding across the border.

At Fort Malden, a National Historic Site of Canada, there exists today in the smallest of three barracks buildings a full barracks display of that period. During the summertime, local students are hired and instructed representing members of the 34th on the proper drill and deportment in wearing the 1837 British Uniform and perform musket firing demonstrations.

On 1 July 1881 as part of the Childers reforms the 34th (Cumberland) Regiment became 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment and was amalgamated with the 55th (Westmorland) Regiment, which became 2nd Battalion, The Border Regiment.

The heritage of The Border Regiment is continued, since 2006, by The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border).

Crime[edit]

Sepoy Rebellion[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haldimand Papers CO42/14 XP003691 Copy 1 Niagara, November 18th 1780
  2. ^ As reported by CTV News, June 13, 2008;
  3. ^ Probert, Rebecca, ed. (2014). Catherine Exley’s Diary: the life and times of an army wife in the Peninsular War. Kenilworth: Takeway(Publishing). ISBN 978-0-9563847-9-9. 
  4. ^ Esdaile, Charles (2014). "Discovering Catherine Exley's Story". In Probert, Rebecca. Catherine Exley’s Diary: the life and times of an army wife in the Peninsular War. Kenilworth: Takeway(Publishing). pp. 59–78. ISBN 978-0-9563847-9-9. 

External links[edit]

  • Cumbria's Museum of Military Life [1]