40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot

United Kingdom
1717.08.25 Richard Philipps's Regiment of Foot
raised from independent companies in North America and West Indies
1747 ranked as 40th Foot
1751.07.01 40th Regiment of Foot
1782.08.31 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot
1881.07.01 amalgamated with 82nd Foot to form The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment)


[Egypt]1, Monte Video, Rolica, Vimiera, Talavera, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthes, Toulouse, Peninsula, Waterloo, Candahar 1842, Ghuznee 1842, Cabool 1842, Maharajpore, [New Zealand]2 1. the Sphinx badge superscribed "Egypt". 2. awarded for services in 1860-1861.

Note: see also The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers) for belatedly awarded battle honours.

Uniform: coat: scarlet, lapels and cuffs: pale buff, turnbacks: pale buff, lacings: white with thin dark blue line between thin pale buff lines
1717.08.25 Lt-Gen. Richard Philipps [also 12th Foot, 38th Foot]
1750.03.13 Lt-Gen. Hon. Edward Cornwallis [also 24th Foot]
1752.03.04 Maj-Gen. Peregrine Thomas Hopson [also 29th Foot]
1759.06.09 Maj-Gen. Hon. John Barrington [also 8th Foot, 64th Foot]
1760.12.10 Lt-Gen. Robert Armiger [also 65th Foot]
1770.03.20 Lt-Gen. Sir Robert Hamilton, Bt.
1786.08.11 Gen. Sir George Osborn, Bt. [also 73rd Foot]
1818.07.02 Gen. Sir Brent Spencer, GCB [also 1st & 2nd Bn The Rifle Brigade originally 95th Foot, 103rd Foot (Irish) [1781-84, 1806-17]
1829.01.08 Gen. Sir James Kempt, GCB, GCH [also 1st Foot, 2nd Foot, 8th Bn 60th Foot, 81st Foot, 3rd West India Regt; MGO 1830-34; Gov. Gen. Canada 1828-30]
1834.12.23 Lt-Gen. Sir George Cooke, KCB [also 77th Foot]
1837.02.09 Lt-Gen. Sir Lionel Smith, Bt., GCB, GCH [also 78th Foot, 96th Foot]
1842.04.25 F.M. Sir Alexander Woodford, GCB, GCMG
1861.12.15 Gen. Richard Greaves
1872.05.23 Gen. Augustus Halifax Ferryman, CB [also Royal Irish Fusiliers]
Mottos: Ich Dien
Nicknames: The Fighting Fortieth, The Excellers
Marches: The Somerset Poacher
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