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From: Frederick Feather <>
Subject: Re: PRO Catologue records online- Household cavaltry(1760-1854- WO97 SERIES + 24th Reg. Foot-- new query
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 08:24:31 +0000
Prior to the Cardwell Reforms of 1881, British Infantry was numbered in
the order in which they were formed.
>From 1782 to 1881 the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Foot was an infantry
regiment with two battalions, each of about 700-1000 men. The uniform
was scarlet with grass green facings. A Lieutenant would have commanded
up to 100 men. He could have purchased a commission and then gone on to
half pay when he was no longer fit for active service. It may be that he
could not sell it. It is also possible he was a Quartermaster, that is
an officer commissioned as a lieutenant having served in the ranks.
In 1881 the regiment became the South Wales Borderers(24th) Foot and are
now known as the "Royal Regiment of Wales." The present regiment
probably has a museum and web-site. Any library which has the "Army
List" for 1854 should be able to supply the times of his commission.
The two Essex Regiments were the 44th and the 56th. It is possible that
the 24th was stationed in one of the garrisons of the county, (Warley,
Chelmsford, Colchester) or embarked from Harwich to go abroad.
It should be an easy regiment to research.
Best of luck,
In message <008801c1648d$65abaa80$>, Judith
>This thread is of great interest to me. I have just learned that an
>ancestor of mine (Walter Death BEDELL)served in the 24th Reg. Foot, and
>would like to find out more information. I did take a quick look at the PRO
>source mentioned and am trying to see what might be available here in the US
>at the LDS that would help. Are there any military experts out there?
>Please bear with my foolish questions-- this is my first military research.
>Can anyone tell me more about the 24th Reg. Foot? Going through the LDS
>catalog, I see many regiments not listed by number but rather by name or
>location-- Lancahire Foot, for example. I have no idea where this regiment
>springs from. It could help me figure out where this family was from
>initially. Walter died in Essex-- was this an Essex regiment?
>Walter was a lieutenant. Am I correct in assuming that this was an officer
>rank that would have been purchased (he was on half pay at age 78 in 1854)?
>The PRO leaflet indicated that sons from wealthy families in this era
>I would appreciate any other search suggestions-- this is all new to me!
>Judith in Ohio, USA