32nd Regiment of Foot
The 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot is a re-
Authentically recreating the historical uniforms and firing period muskets such as the famous Brown Bess. We also demonstrate the use of bayonets in close quarter combat with the enemy, as well as discussing the life of a soldier with the public.
In 1808 The 32nd landed in Portugal in time to take part in the battles of Vimeiro & Rolica they guarded what baggage could be saved in the retreat to Coruna before taking part in the battle where General Moore sadly lost his life.
Led by Ensign Newton the regiment created the Forlorn Hope which went into the breach at Salamanca before the more famous battle where the unfortunate Ensign lost his life.
They took part in the major conflicts right into France including the battle of Waterloo, renowned for their Death Howl the 32nd Cornwall took 647 men of all ranks into battle, at the end of the 2 days hostilities there were 131 men left standing, they suffered the greatest loss of any regiment over the two battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo and yet they have never received the fame that is given to brother regiments, something we hope to change.
Each year we take pride in taking part in the battle of Waterloo in Belgium as well as other reenactment battles on the Continent plus more events in the UK. Our main headquarters are in Devon and Cornwall but if you are interested in the period we would welcome you to join us.