The 2nd Battalion 44th
Regiment of Foot
The 44th (East
Essex) Regiment of Foot is a Living History and Re-Enactment Society
that portrays the life of the regiment from the year 1800 to the
battle of Waterloo in 1815 and their return to
England in 1816. We re-create the
lives of the soldiers, non-combatants and their camp followers
during the Napoleonic Wars.
We are the 2nd Battalion, whose reputation for skill and
courage throughout these European Wars was second to none - with
particular mentions made of their service at the siege of
Badajoz and the
capture of the Eagle of the 62eme at
The unit served with great distinction and suffered heavy casualties
at Quatre Bras and Waterloo.
Excursions to Canada and
the USA, coinciding with Bicentennials of events connected to
the War of 1812 and the conclusion of these wars at New
Orleans in late1814/early 1815, has necessitated portraying
the 1st Battalion on such occasions.
When you read through this site you will begin to
appreciate, how the regiment has established a reputation as being
one of the most committed, friendly and sought after groups in UK
Re-Enactment. If you just want to find out a little bit more about
us , that's great, if you are considering "Taking the king's
shilling" - you could not do better
than join us, just go to "Join/Hire Us"
If you do not want to become a full time re-enacting member of the
unit, you can become a "Friend of the 44th" (For a very small
one-off fee) a way of you keeping in touch with what we are doing
and how you can demonstrate your support of the Regiment.
Or if you would just like to
attend one of our events (See our events programme page) you will be
44th Merchandise - New
You can still order
your own replica copy of a kings
Shilling (Circa 1797), Napoleonic Song book or set of
Postcards of the Regiment. The 2015 "44th" Desk Top calendar will be
out soon and by the end of 2014 the first ever annual review of the
Regiment will be published. Just go to our "Merchandise section" where you can order these on-line.
Site last update: 13/2/15
Click here to read our 44th News page
Latest update 1/11/14