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Military historical art of the North Staffordshire Regiment, now part of the Staffordshire Regiment, to be published by Cranston Fine Arts, the military print company.

  The Prince of Wale’s (North Staffordshire Regiment)-Regimental District No.64-is composed of the 64th and 98th Foot.  In 1758 the 2nd battalion of the 11th Foot was constituted the 64th Regiment, and the newly formed corps were speedily under orders for the West Indies, where they were engaged at Martinique.  Returning home in 1763, they went to America in 1770, and served there till 1782, during which period occurred the revolt of the colonies against British rule.  After a short time at home, they went in 1793 to Barbados and again took part on the operations directed against Martinique and Guadaloupe, subsequently gaining the distinction of “St. Lucia” on their colours.  They were engaged a few years later under Brigadier Hughes at Surinam.  Duties elsewhere prevented their taking part in any of the Peninsular battles, but they were of some time in the army of occupation in France, from which time till 1856 only peace duties occupied their services.  In the latter year, however, the Persian War broke out, and brought to the 64th an opportunity of showing they were no whit behind regiments, which had been more actively employed.  “Bushire,” “Reshire,” “Koosh-ab,”-all speak to the courage and endurance of the 64th, in the operations in which they were engaged.  A yet more serious warfare awaited them in India; the moment they landed they marched under Havelock to Cawnpore, and had some sharp fighting at Futtehpore.  At the capture of Cawnpore, the conduct of the 64th under Major Stirling provoked the greatest praise.  After capturing four villages and seven guns, our wearied troops were checked by a 24-pounder, which the rebels had placed in position on the road.  The 64th were ordered to take it, and, despite the heavy loss they had incurred, they charged up to the grinning muzzle, captured it, and dispersed the rebels.  In the General Order issued by Havelock, he addressed the 64th in the following words: “Your fire was reserved till you saw the colour of your enemies moustaches-this gave us the victory.”           It is impossible to avoid mentioning in connection with this incident the somewhat aggrieved feelings that were naturally aroused amongst the officers and men of the 64th by the fact of Lieutenant Havelock-now Sir H. Havelock Allen-heading them at the final charge, and being, therefore, recommended by his father for the Victoria Cross.  No one who remembers the General’s previous reticence as to his son’s valour will accuse him of paternal bias.  No one who recalls the previous and subsequent career of Lieutenant Havelock will deny that he was brave amongst the brave.  But it is not difficult to understand that the 64th were hurt at even an apparent suggestion that their own officers were not competent to lead them, no matter how desperate the venture.  Perhaps the most dispassionate account of the incident is that contained in the work, “The Victoria Cross in India,” from which we have before quoted.

           “At the final action previous to the entry into Cawnpore, affairs at one time looked rather bad.  The British guns, owing to the fatigue of their cattle, could not come up quickly enough to reply to a 24-pounder placed on the road, which was doing great execution.  A large body of rebel infantry guarded this gun.  Havelock ordered his exhausted infantry to make a last effort.  They responded to the appeal, and advanced.  The 64th regiment was more immediately opposite to the gun than the other regiments.  Major Stirling commanding the 64th had lost his horse, but was gallantly leading his men on foot.  No other mounted officer was present.  Perhaps observing this fleet, perhaps only obeying the dictates of his own courage, Lieutenant Havelock placed himself in front of the regiment, and steered steadily for the 24-pounder, which fired round-shot up to 300 yards, and grape afterwards, with great precision and rapidity.  Cooly the 64th drew nearer, losing men at every step, and equally coolly did Lieutenant Havelock ride at a foot’s pace straight for the muzzle of the gun.  At length, with a rush, the latter was captured; the enemy then fled, and the day was won.”           They remained under General Wyndham to garrison Cawnpore, and in the attack made by the rebels on the 28th of November were greatly distinguished.  Encouraged by a temporary success they had obtained, the rebels fought with redoubled vigour, hoping, doubtless, to revel in another massacre.  The 64th frustrated the fiendish hope.  “Captain Wright, with only thirty men of the 64th, held the Baptist chapel and the old burial ground.  Finding that the enemy were surrounding him he drew off his men in skirmishing order and stopped the advance of the Sepoys by a fire of musketry.  About this time he saw a wing of his own corps, about two hundred and fifty strong, commanded by Colonel Wilson, marching by order of General Wyndham to capture four guns that were playing with fatal precision on the British left.  Rallying his small force, Wright instantly led it as a sort of advanced guard to Wilson, on whose men the enemy now turned, their guns doing terrible execution.  The brave 64th never wavered, but with a ringing shout rushed on the cannon, spiking three of them before the gunners had recovered from their surprise; but it was alike impossible to retain or carry them off, for the foe were ten to one.  Colonel Wilson and Major Stirling were shot, Captains Murphy and M’Crea were cut down at the guns, while Captain M’Kinnon and Lieutenant Gordon were severely wounded, taken prisoners, and murdered in cold blood.  The slaughter was great among the 64th.”  During the episode, Drummer Thomas Flinn, of the 64th Regiment, was wounded; but, nevertheless, he persisted in remaining with his comrades, and engaged in a hand-to-hand encounter with two of the rebel artillerymen.  Later on the regiment was engaged against Tantia Topee and in Rohileund, and through out the mutiny gained deservedly the reputation of being a gallant and dashing regiment.  Since then no warlike duties of importance have fallen to their lot.

           The 98th, the 2nd battalion of the North Staffordshire, dates from 1824, and is, according to Colonel Archer, the sixth regiment, which has borne that number.  Their first duty was in South Africa, where they served for several years, after which they fought in the China War of 1840-41, their officer being Colonel Campbell.  In 1846 they repaired to India and bear the distinction “Punjaub” in commemoration of the services they rendered during that anxious time.  In 1850 they took part in the campaign against the fierce Afridis, and in the fighting in the Kohat Pass rendered signal and meritorious service.  Returning home in 1855, a couple of years later saw them again in India, sharing in the operations under General Cotton against the Eusufzies.  For many years the 98th remained in India, finding from time to time plenty of occupation in the occasionally irksome duties developing upon the army in “our Great Dependency;” and after a stay in England, whither they returned in 1867, the Afghan troubles of 1879-80 caused them again to seek “the tented field,” though their participation in the operations was limited to the steps taken after the taking of Candahar.  No subsequent warfare has fallen to their lot, but amongst the minor military services which from time to time occupy our forces, the Zhob Valley Expedition of 1884 broke for the 98th the spell of inaction.    

The Prince of Wale's North Staffordshire Regiment

Formed as the 2nd battalion of the 11th Foot, in 1756, becoming the 64th of foot in 1758. and a second regiment formed in 1824 as the 98th of foot.. Both Regiments becoming the becoming the North Staffordshire Regiment in 1881.

Battle Honours

  • 1756 - 1763  at Guadaloupe during the Seven Years War

  • 1793 - 1802  Matinique during the French Revolutionary Wars.

  • 1803 - 1815  St Lucia during the Napoleonic Wars

  • 1804  Surinam, war against the Dutch

  • 1848 - 1849  Punjaub during the Second Sikh War

  • 1856 - 1857 Reshire, Bushire, Koosh-ab during the ersian War

  • 1857 - 1858  Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny

  • 1896 - 1898  Hafir during the Reconquest of Sudan

  • 1899 - 1902   The Boer War

  • 1914 - 1918 Armentieres, Somme 1916, 1918 Arras 1917, Messiness 1917,1918, Ypres 1917,1918, St Quintin Canal, Selle, Sari Bair, Kut al Amara 1917.

  • 1919   Third Afghan War

  • 1939 - 1945 Dyle, Ypres -Comines Canal, Caen Brieux Bridgehead, Medjez Plain, North Africa 1943, Anzio , Rome, Marradi Burma .

  • VICTORIA CROSS WARDS

  • Five Victoria Crosses. have been awarded to members of the regiment, One during the Indian Mutiny, and four during the First World War

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North Staffordshire Regiment (64th and 98th foot) by Richard Simkin (P)


North Staffordshire Regiment (64th and 98th foot) by Richard Simkin (P)

From the supplement of the Army and Navy Gazette, September 7th 1895.
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  The 64th (“2nd Staffordshire Regiment”) and the 98th (Prince of Wale’s) from the above regiment.  The 11th Foot, in 1758, was deprived of its 2nd battalion, which was numbered the 64th, after two years service under the former number.  It was named the “2nd Staffordshire” in 1782, a title it bore until the amalgamation of 1882: when, however, the regiment was first designated the South Staffordshire, altered shortly after to its present name.  The year after it first had an independent existence it was despatched to the West Indies to take part in the capture of Martinique and Guadaloupe; sent home after that, it returned to the American continent at the outbreak of the war of Independence, served first at Nova Scotia, and then at Boston until the evacuation of the city, fighting also at Staten Island, Brooklyn, Ridgeway, Hill of Campo, Brandywine, the Acushusat River Expedition, Charleston, and Eutaw Springs, where the 64th did not “give ground until over powered by numbers and severe slaughter.”  After general duty it once more appeared before Martinique and Guadaloupe in 1794, to help in their reduction and to suffer heavy loss; and after an interlude in Ireland, where the regiment defeated the French at Ballinamuck, it returned to the west Indies and saw the surrender of St. Martin, St. Lucia, Demerara, Essequibo, and Surinam; coming home in 1815 to form part of the Army of Occupation of France.  Embarking for India in 1849, the 64th was employed in garrison duty there until 1856, when the Persians attacked Heart, and war consequently broke out between Great Britain and Persia.  The regiment formed part of the expedition, was at the storming of the Fort of  Reshire, the surrender of Bushire, and the battle of Kooshab; after which, with Mohumra as a “base of operations,” the army prepared to march on Ispahan.  But the war was virtually over.  The Persian forces, some seven thousand strong, took up a position at Ahwaz, but evacuated it without firing a shot on the approach of three hundred British soldiers.  On returning to India, the outbreak of the Mutiny called for the service of the Staffordshire men.  The enemy was met with at Futtehpore, Aong, Pandoo Nuddee, Kalee Nuddee, Kerkeroulie, Bareilly, and Cawnpore, when some of the 64th were left to garrison the place, and the remainder served with Outram and Havelock in the advance on Lucknow.  The Cawnpore Harrison had meanwhile had severe work to do against the attacks of Tantia Topee; and the regiment also took part in the Rohilcund campaign, and in most of the operations that attended the suppression of the Mutiny.  During the campaign Drummer Thomas Flynn won the Cross for Valour for “conspicuous gallantry.”  Since that campaign the gallant 64th have seen no active but much foreign service.

           The present 2nd battalion of the regiment first appears in 1824, and was entitled the “Prince of Wale’s Regiment of Foot” in 1876, from its having acted as guard to his Royal Highness during his visit to Malta.  On this occasion new colours were presented to the regiment, and the Prince requested that the old should be entrusted to his care.  The title and the badge of His Royal Highness’s Plume date from this event, but five other battalions have borne the number.  The first served from 1760 to 1765, and fought at Havannah in 1762; the second from 1780 to 1783; the third, raised in 1796, became the 91st; the fourth, formed in 1804, was disbanded in 1818 as the 97th; and the fifth, enlisted in 1804 as the 99th, disappeared as “the Prince of Wales Tipperary Regiment” in 1818.

           The late 98th Foot was recruited at Chichester and sailed for the Cape in 1824; it underwent varied foreign and home service until 1841, when the regiment, with Sir Colin Campbell, shared in the operations on the Yangtse, after which it was transferred to Hong Kong and left the “far East” for India in 1846, and was present on the operations in the Punjab.  Four years later the flank companies served under Sir Colin Campbell in the Afridi War, and came home in 1855; but returned again to India two years later, when one wing is sent with the Euzosffzie Expedition.

           Transferred to Quettah in 1884, the regiment formed part of the Zhob Valley Expedition, seeing the “affair” of  Doulatzai.  Out of its total service more than fifty years have been spent abroad.

           The black facings of the 64th were changed to white-the colour of those of the 98th-in 1881.  The Prince of Wale’s Plume was inherited as a badge from the 2nd battalion; the dragon was also won by the 98th for its services in 1841 in China, and used to be on the forage-caps; the Staffordshire knot was worn by the 64th and the Militia.  The knot is on the button (with the regimental name, a laural branch, a scroll with “Prince of Wale’s,” and the Plume), on the tunic collar, and on the forage-cap, with the Plume and motto.  The plume appears also, with the name, on the helmet-plate and waist-plate.

           The 2nd and the 3rd battalions are formed by the 2nd and 3rd King’s Own Staffordshire battalions, raised in 1797 and 1798.  The Volunteer battalions are the 2nd Staffordshire, Stoke-upon-Trent (scarlet and white), and the 5th Staffordshire, Burton-on-Trent (scarlet and blue).

           The depot was based in Lichfield   

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