Military Subjects: Organization, Strategy & Tactics

British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815
The Infantry Part I: the Foot Guards

By Andrew Bamford

 

1st Foot Guards, 1st Battalion: December 1808 (Peninsula - 1 month); August 1809 (Walcheren - 1 month); October 1812 to June 1814 (Peninsula - 21 months). Total coverage, 23 months.

1st Foot Guards, 2nd Battalion: April 1810 to April 1811 (Cadiz – 13 months); December 1813 to July 1815 (Flanders – 20 months). Total coverage, 33 months.

1st Foot Guards, 3rd Battalion: December 1808 (Peninsula - 1 month); August 1809 (Walcheren - 1 month); May 1811 to September 1812 (Cadiz – 17 months); October 1812 to June 1814 (Peninsula, 21 months); April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 44 months.

Coldstream Guards, 1st Battalion: April 1809 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 63 months). Total coverage, 63 months.

Coldstream Guards, 2nd Battalion: April 1810 to April 1811 (Cadiz – 13 months);[1] December 1813 to July 1815 (Flanders – 20 months). Total coverage, 33 months.

3rd Foot Guards, 1st Battalion: April 1809 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 63 months). Total coverage, 63 months.

3rd Foot Guards, 2nd Battalion: April 1810 to April 1811 (Cadiz – 13 months);[2] December 1813 to July 1815 (Flanders – 20 months). Total coverage, 33 months.

Guards Grenadier Battalion:[3] August 1809 (Walcheren – 1). Total coverage, one month.

Guards Light Infantry Battalion:[4] August 1809 (Walcheren – 1). Total coverage, one month.

Foot Guards Detachment Battalion:[5] April 1810 to April 1811 (Cadiz – 13). Total coverage, 13 months.

Notes:

[1] Two companies only, forming part of Foot Guards Detachment Battalion.

[2] Three companies only, forming part of Foot Guards Detachment Battalion.

[3] Formed from Grenadier Companies of Foot Guards second battalions.

[4] Formed from Light Companies of Foot Guards second battalions.

[5] Composed of two companies of 2/Coldstream Guards and three companies of 2/3rd Foot Guards, also listed individually above.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: June 2014

 

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