Military Subjects: Organization, Strategy & Tactics

British Army Individual Unit Strengths: 1808-1815
The Infantry Part IV – Veteran, Garrison, and Foreign Units

By Andrew Bamford

1st Royal Veteran Battalion: September 1808 to March 1810 (Gibraltar – 19 months); December 1813 to May 1814 (Flanders – 6 months). Total coverage, 25 months.

4th Royal Veteran Battalion: September 1808 to May 1814 (Gibraltar – 69 months); June 1814 (Cadiz – 1 month). Total coverage, 70 months.

7th Royal Veteran Battalion:[1] September 1810 to May 1814 (Gibraltar – 45 months). Total coverage, 45 months.

7th Royal Veteran Battalion (Detachment): August to November 1809 (Walcheren – 4 months). Total coverage, 4 months.

10th Royal Veteran Battalion: January 1812 to July 1815 (Canada – 43 months). Total coverage, 43 months.

10th Royal Veteran Battalion (Detachment): November 1813 to July 1813 (Nova Scotia – 21 months). Total Coverage, 21 months.

13th (7th) Royal Veteran Battalion:[2] April 1813 to July 1814 (Peninsula – 15 months); April to July 1815 (Flanders – 4 months). Total coverage, 19 months.

4th (2nd) Garrison Battalion:[3] June and July 1815 (Flanders – 2 months). Total coverage, 2 months.

4th (2nd) Garrison Battalion (Detachment):[4] June 1813 to July 1815 (Nova Scotia – 26 months). Total coverage, 26 months.

1st KGL Line Battalion: September 1808 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 70 months); September 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 11 months). Total coverage, 81 months.

2nd KGL Line Battalion: September 1808 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 70 months); September 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 11 months). Total coverage, 81 months.

3rd KGL Line Battalion: June and July 1814 (Gibraltar – 2 months); October 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 10 months). Total coverage, 12 months

4th KGL Line Battalion: April 1813 to April 1814 (East Coast Spain – 13 months); June 1814 (Peninsula – 1 month); September 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 11 months). Total coverage, 25 months.

5th KGL Line Battalion: September 1808 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 70 months); September 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 11 months). Total coverage, 81 months.

7th KGL Line Battalion: September 1808 to June 1811 (Peninsula – 34 months). Total coverage, 34 months.

8th KGL Line Battalion: June and July 1814 (Gibraltar – 2 months); October 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 10 months). Total coverage, 12 months

1st KGL Light Battalion:[5] September to December 1808 (Peninsula – 4 months); August to November 1809 (Walcheren – 4 months); March 1811 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 40 months); September 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 11 months). Total coverage, 59 months.

1st KGL Light Battalion (Detachment):[6] November 1809 to February 1811 (Peninsula – 16 months). Total coverage, 16 months.

2nd KGL Light Battalion:[7] September to December 1808 (Peninsula – 4 months); August to November 1809 (Walcheren – 4 months); March 1811 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 40 months); September 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 11 months). Total coverage, 59 months.

2nd KGL Light Battalion (Detachment):[8] November 1809 to February 1811 (Peninsula – 16 months). Total coverage, 16 months.

KGL Combined Light Detachments:[9] April to October 1809 (Peninsula – 7 months). Total coverage, 7 months.

KGL Garrison Company:[10] September 1808 to September 1813 (Peninsula – 61 months). Total coverage, 61 months.

1st Foreign Veteran Battalion: August 1814 to July 1815 (Flanders – 12 months). Total coverage, 12 months.

KGL Detachment in Germany:[11] April 1813 to September 1814 (Germany – 18 months). Total coverage, 18 months.

Chasseurs Britanniques: November and December 1810 (Cadiz – 2 months); February 1811 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 41 months). Total coverage, 43 months.

Regiment de Meuron: July 1813 to July 1815 (Canada – 25 months). Total coverage, 25 months.

Regiment de Meuron (Recruit Detachment): July 1813 to July 1815 (Canada – 25 months). Total coverage, 25 months.

Regiment de Roll, Rifle Company:[12] April 1813 to March 1814 (East Coast Spain – 12 months). Total coverage, 12 months.

Regiment de Watteville: October 1811 to March 1813 (Cadiz – 18 months); May 1813 to July 1815 (Canada – 27 months). Total coverage, 45 months.

Regiment de Dillon:[13] May to December 1814 (Gibraltar – 8 months). Total coverage, 8 months.

Regiment de Roll-Dillon:[14] April 1813 to March 1814 (East Coast Spain – 12 months). Total coverage, 12 months.

Brunswick-Oels Light Infantry: September 1810 to June 1814 (Peninsula – 46 months). Total coverage, 46 months.

1st Italian Levy: April 1813 to March 1814 (East Coast Spain – 12 months). Total coverage, 12 months.

2nd Italian Levy: April 1813 to March 1814 (East Coast Spain – 12 months). Total coverage, 12 months.

Calabrese Freecorps: April 1813 to March 1814 (East Coast Spain – 12 months). Total coverage, 12 months.

1st Independent Company of Foreigners: April to September 1813 (Nova Scotia – 6 months)[15]. Total coverage, 6 months.

2nd Independent Company of Foreigners: July to October 1813 (Nova Scotia – 4 months)[16]. Total coverage, 4 months.

Canadian Fencibles: January 1812 to July 1815 (Canada – 43 months). Total coverage, 43 months.

Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles: June 1812 to July 1815 (Canada – 38 months). Total coverage, 38 months.

New Brunswick Fencibles: May 1813 to July 1815 (Nova Scotia – 27 months). Total coverage, 27 months.

Nova Scotia Fencibles:[17] January 1812 to June 1814 (Nova Scotia – 30 months); July 1814 to July 1815 (Canada – 13 months). Total coverage, 43 months.

Nova Scotia Fencibles (Detachment):[18] July 1814 to July 1815 (Nova Scotia – 13 months). Total coverage, 13 months.

Royal Newfoundland Fencibles:[19] January 1812 to July 1814 (Canada – 31 months); September 1814 to July 1815 (Nova Scotia – 11 months). Total coverage, 42 months.

Royal Newfoundland Fencibles (Detachment A):[20] June to August 1814 (Nova Scotia – 3 months). Total coverage, 3 months.

Royal Newfoundland Fencibles (Detachment B):[21] June and July 1815 (Canada – 2 months).

Canadian Voltiguers: June 1812 to February 1815 (Canada – 33 months). Total coverage, 33 months.

Portuguese 20th Infantry:[22] April 1810 to September 1812 (Cadiz – 30 months). Total coverage, 30 months.

Notes

[1] See also detachment, listed below.

[2] Renumbered June 1815.

[3] Renumbered November 1814. See also detachment listed below.

[4] Formed on station, Bermuda. Listed with Nova Scotia returns.

[5] See also detachments, listed below.

[6] Relates to detachment left in Portugal, subsequently attached to 1st KGL Line Battalion and initially part of combined detachment with troops from 2nd KGL Light Battalion.

[7] See also detachments, listed below.

[8] Relates to detachment left in Portugal, subsequently attached to 1st KGL Line Battalion and initially part of combined detachment with troops from 1st KGL Light Battalion.

[9] Relates to detachments of 1st and 2nd KGL Light Battalions, left in Portugal and attached to 1st KGL Line Battalion, which detachments were subsequently split to form a company from each component unit and are listed above as such.

[10] From July 1813, listed as a company of the 1st Foreign Veteran Battalion.

[11] Detachments from all arms KGL sent to Hanover to aid reconstruction of Hanoverian army. Includes, but not restricted to, field formation known as Holtzerman’s Half-Battalion. Data is from KGL unit returns in WO17/270, and is not included in monthly returns for Germany.

[12] Serving alongside combined Regiment de Roll-Dillon, but listed separately.

[13] See also combined Regiment de Roll-Dillon

[14] Formed from five companies of Dillon’s and four, later eight, companies of de Roll’s.

[15] Detached to Bermuda.

[16] Detached to Bermuda.

[17] See also detachment, listed below.

[18] Relates to detachment left in Nova Scotia.

[19] See also detachments, listed below.

[20] Relates to troops in Nova Scotia.

[21] Relates to troops detached in Canada.

[22] A regiment of two battalions, figures being for the total.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: February - April 2015

 

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