Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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44th at the Battle of Badojoz 1812

Badojoz castle

Badojoz Castle taken from British battles on Land and Sea by James Grant pub 1873

In 1812 the British/Portuguese Army under Wellington's command besieged the fortress of Badojoz.
The armies had twice previously tried to enter the fortress but were repelled by the French defenders.
An attach was mounted which saw the 2nd Battalion of the 44th play a significant part.
The main company made a diversionary attach while the Light Company of the 44th led the assault by charging thorough the moat and then ascending the walls by the use of ladders during which they were subject of murderous fire from the defenders.
The flag of the 44th was the first flag to be mounted on the walls of the castle following a successful invasion that led to the taking of the fortress.
Thirty two of the fifty men of the light company were either killed or injured and only one Officer survived.


badojoz storming

Storming the walls of Badojoz Castle taken from British battles on Land and Sea by James Grant pub 1873


Essex Officers at the battle were

Lt Colonel Hon George Carleton
Captain John Berwick
Captain Adam Brugh
Captain John Cruice
Captain F Elwin
Captain J C Guthrie
Captain F B Jervoise
Captain J Jessop
Lt Mathew Aegent
Lt Robert Grier
Lt Charles Keane
Lt William Fitzman Lennon
Lt Thomas Mackrell
Lt W H Meade
Lt R Peacocke
Lt William Pearce
Lt L J Penton
Lt J P Shaw
Lt T F Sinclair
Lt W S Unthank
Ensign John O'Reilly
Ensign William Standley
Assistant Surgeon J Collins