In Collaboration With Charles Griffin



Raising of the Regiment
The Regiment was first formed in 1685 as ‘Princess Anne of Denmark's Regiment of Foot’ after King James II’s second daughter (later Queen Anne).  It was formed in response to the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 when, James Scott the 1st Duke of Monmouth (the oldest illegitimate son of Charles II and James II’s nephew) unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the unpopular King.  His small force was swiftly put down at the Battle of Sedgemoor.  The Regiment was under the command of James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick; the illegitimate son of King James II.  In 1688 James II fled to France when Prince William of Orange was invited by the English Lords to become King William III.  The Duke of Berwick decided to follow his father into exile and was replaced by Colonel John Beamon as the commanding officer of the Regiment.  

As one of the oldest Regiments in the British army it took part in much of British Military History including the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), fighting at Nijmegen, the capture of Huy and Limbourg, the capture of the Schellenberg fortress, the Battle of Blenheim, the Battle of Ramillies, the Battle of Oudenarde, the sieges of Ghent, Bruges and Lillie, the Siege of Tournai, and the Battle of Malplaquet.  

When Princess Anne ascended to the throne in 1702 the Regiment became the Queen's Regiment of Foot.  A Jacobite rebellion followed in 1715 when Queen Anne died.  The Jacobite supporters hoped to install James Stuart (the legitimate son of James II of England) to the throne instead of the Hanoverian King George I.  As unrest escalated in Britain, the Queen's Regiment fought against the numerically superior Jacobite army at the Battle of Sheriffmuir and succeeded in suppressing the rebellion.  To honour the Regiment's service to King George I, the Queen's became the King's Regiment of Foot with the White Horse of Hanover as its badge.  The Regiment then remained on garrison duties in Scotland and England until 1739.  

The Regiment went on to serve during the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48) fighting at the Battle of Fontenoy (1743) and the Battle of Dettingen. Until 1745 when the Regiment returned to Britain in a hurry in order to fight in the second Jacobite Rebellion, when Bonnie Prince Charlie (the grandson of James II) landed in Scotland, again attempting to regain the lost crown to the Stuart family.  The Regiment fought at the Battles of Falkirk and Culloden.  

 It went on to serve during the American Revolutionary War (1768-1785), and during the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815) seized the Island of Martinique in the West Indies.  It suffered 1,700 casualties in the first 9 months of 5 year deployment in the West Indies, largely due to disease.

 The War of 1812 was a 32-month military conflict between the United States and the British Empire resolving many of the remaining issues of the American War of Independence, fighting at the attack at Ogdensburg, the Battle of Chippewa, the Battle of Lundy's Lane, action at Snake Hill and the siege of Fort Erie.  The Regiment then went on to served during the Indian Mutiny of 1857 where it was stationed at Jullundur. A detachment of the regiment performed an important service by securing the fort and magazine at Phillour. They marched from Jullundur to Delhi, in fourteen days, and with bayonet and rifle helped to clear the city of the mutineers. They took part in the relief of Agra, where they defeated 8,000 mutineers and captured all their guns. They then proceeded to the relief of Lucknow and took part in other operations.

They were active in the Second Afghan War (1878–1880) and then went on to serve during the Third Burmese War (1885), Second Boer War (1899-1902), and the two World Wars.  

 In 1958 after 273 years of continuous existence, the Regiment was amalgamated with the Manchester Regiment, and became The King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool).  In 2004 the British infantry was restructured once again and the King's Regiment was merged with King's Own Royal Border Regiment and The Queen's Lancashire Regiment to form The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border). It

Badges
Cap Badge
Anniversaries
Somme (1 July)
Blenheim (13 August)
Delhi (14 September)
Motto
Nec Aspera Terrent
(Nor do difficulties deter)
Nicknames
The Leather Hats
Marches
Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen Quick The English Rose Slow
Allied Regiment
8th Australian Infantry Regiment.
Colonels-in-Chief
1685 - 1958
Commanding Officers
1685 - 1958
Colonels
1685 - 1958
Soldiers
1685 - 1958
Uniforms
1685 - 1958
Band
1685 - 1958
Colours
1685 - 1958
Battle Honours
War of the Spanish Succession 1701-15
BLENHEIM
RAMILLIES
OUDENARDE
MALPLAQUET

War of the Austrian Succession
DETTINGEN,

Revolutionary Wars
EGYPT 1801

Napoleonic War
MARTINIQUE 1809

War of 1812
NIAGARA

Indian Mutiny
DELHI 1857
LUCKNOW

Second Afghan War 1878 - 1880
PEIWAR KOTAL
AFGHANISTAN 1878–80

Second Burmese War
BURMA 1885–87

South African War 1899 - 02
DEFENCE OF LADYSMITH
SOUTH AFRICA 1899 - 1902

World War One 
MONS
RETREAT FROM MONS
MARNE 1914
AISNE 1914
YPRES 1914 '15 '17
LANGEMARCK 1914 '17
GHELUVELT
NONNE BOSCHEN
NEUVE CHAPELLE
GRAVENSTAFEL
ST JULIEN
FREZENBERG
BELLEWAARDE
AUBERS
FESTUBERT 1915
LOOS
SOMME 1916 '18
ALBERT 1916 '18
BAZENTIN
DEVILLE WOOD
GUILLEMONT
GINCHY
FLERS–COURCELETTE
MORVAL
LE TRANSLOY
ANCRE 1916
BAPAUME 1917'18
ARRAS 1917 '18
SCARPE 1917 '18
ARLEUX
PILCKEM
MENIN ROAD
POLYGON WOOD
POELCAPPELLE
PASSCHENDAELE
CAMBRAI 1917 '18
ST. QUENTIN
ROSIÈRES
AVRE
LYS
ESTAIRES
MESSINES 1918
BAILLEUL
KEMMEL
BETHUNE
SCHERPENBERG
DROCOURT-QUEANT
HINDENBURG LINE
ÉPEHY
CANAL DU NORD
ST QUENTIN CANAL
SELLE
SAMBRE
FRANCE AND FLANDERS 1914–18
DOIRAN 1917
MACEDONIA 1915–18
NW FRONTIER
INDIA 1915

Russian Civil War
ARCHANGEL 1918–19

Third Afghan War 1919
AFGHANISTAN 1919

Second World War
NORMANDY LANDING. NORTH-WEST EUROPE 1944
CASSINO II
TRASIMENE LINE
TUORI
CAPTURE OF FORLI
RIMINI LINE
ITALY 1944–45
ATHENS
GREECE 1944–45
CHINDITS 1943
CHINDITS 1944
BURMA 1943–44

Korea
THE HOOK 1953
KOREA 1952–53

Titles
1688The Princess Anne of Denmark's Regiment of Foot/TD>
17518th Foot
17828th (The King's) Regiment of Foot
1881The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
1921The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
1958The King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool)
Regimental Depot
Warrington (1881–1910)
Seaforth (1910–1958)
Suggested Reading
The Story of The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
by T. R. Threlfall (1917)




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by Stephen Luscombe