British 44th Regiment of Foot

  • The Napoleonic War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The 44th Regiment of Foot (Infantry), was a British Army Unit formed in 1741. Originally a single Battalion, The ''Fighting Fours'' as they were known, were first deployed to Canada to fight in The French and Indian Wars (The Seven Years War in Europe). They participated in several major engagements. The Regiment was again sent back to North America in time for The American Revolutionary War (1775), and was among the first Regular Units deployed to bolster British Troops already there. Again they would fight in several key Battles.


The 44th fought in many British Colonial Wars and Rebellions during it's history, but would best be remembered for their participation in The Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th Century. The 44th Regiment was one of the key Units which help take and hold Hugomount Farm at Waterloo (1815).


Now (2) Battalions, The 44th was merged into other smaller Units in the 1880s as The Essex Regiment. It saw action during The Boer Campaigns (1890s), World Wars I and II. It was again reformed in the 1950s and still exists (in lineage form) as The Royal Anglican Regiment.


The Uniform Color facings (used to identify a Unit in the Field at distance), was bright Yellow with White trim. Their Regimental Colors were also Yellow. The 44th Regiment earned (3) Victoria Crosses (the highest British Military Award issued) and (7) Battle Honors for their Colors.