|32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot|
|Country||United Kingdom (1801-1881)|
|Engagements||War of Spanish Succession, Battle of Salamanca, Battle of Quatre Bras, Battle of Waterloo, Lower Canada Rebellion, Siege of Multan, Battle of Gujrat, Siege of Lucknow|
The 32nd Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army.
History[edit | edit source]
War of Spanish Succession[edit | edit source]
Napoleonic Wars[edit | edit source]
The 32nd landed in Portugal in 1808, and under the soon to be Duke of Wellington, fought in the battles of Roliça and Vimiero. They fought under Moore in the retreat to Corunna, and on returning to England they were part of the Walcheren expedition in the Netherlands where many were struck down with malaria. After being reinforced they returned to Spain, leading the Battle of Salamanca and taking part in all the major conflicts right into France. For the final chapter in Napoleon's history, the 32nd fought at the Battle of Quatre Bras, arriving about 2 pm just in time to help halt the French advance. The Cornish regiment were renowned for their bloodcurdling Death Howl before attacking. Two days later at Battle of Waterloo the 32nd were stationed opposite the French main attacks, stoically standing their ground before attacking Napoleon's assaulting troops. There were 647 men of all ranks at the start of 18 June 1815, and at the end of the day there were only 131 men left standing; they suffered the greatest loss of any regiment on that day.
They Stood, They Fought, They Died, They Won, They Are Remembered
Lower Canada Rebellon[edit | edit source]
In 1833 Inglis joined the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot, in which all his regimental service was passed. In 1837 he saw active service in Canada in the Lower Canada Rebellion, including the actions at St. Denis and St. Eustache.
Second Anglo-Sikh War[edit | edit source]
Indian Mutiny[edit | edit source]
The regiment's commanding officer, Col John E. W. Inglis, served as Brigadier in overall command of the Lucknow Residency during the Siege. He was promoted to General and knighted for his services. The regiment was retitled and equipped as a Light Infantry regiment as a result of its contribution to the defence of the Residency, for which it also won a battle honour.
Merger[edit | edit source]
In 1881 it was merged into the The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
"A moth-eaten rag on a worm-eaten pole,
It does not look likely to stir a man's Sole,
'Tis the deeds that were done 'neath the moth-eaten rag,
When the pole was a staff, and the rag was a flag."
Colonels[edit | edit source]
- 1781–1802: The Earl of Ross 
- Early 19th century (at the start of Peninsular War): Sir Manley Power
TV and film[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Regimental Colours, Banners, and Flags Past and Present", in the regimental website of the Lincoln and Wetland Regiment. Accessed 09 September 2010.
- "No. 12188". 15 May 1781. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/12188/page/
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Col G Swiney, Historical records of 32 (Cornwall) Light Infantry 1702-1892. London 1893. 
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