44th East Essex Regiment of Foot

One of Wellington's Finest

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The 2nd Battalion 44th East Essex 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 Salamanca. 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 most welcome.


44th Merchandise - New for 2014/15

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

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Latest update 1/11/14


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