Monday, 24 September 2018

1st Battalion of Grenadiers

For the war against the rebels in the American colonies two battalions of grenadiers were formed. The First Battalion of Grenadiers consisted of ten grenadier companies from different British infantry regiments
It was commanded by Lt. Colonel William Meadows of the 55th Regt. and Major Edward Mitchell of the 5th Regt. 
 
Lt.Col. Meadows and Maj. Mitchell (Wargames Foundry)

The captains
The lieutenants and second lieutenants
The NCOs and a pioneer
The soldiers wore the uniforms of their parent regiments. So you can find eleven different facing colours altogether: The 55th of the Lt. Colonel had blue green facings and golden lace and buttons.
The ten companies were clad like this:

No.
Name
Facings
4th
King’s Own
Blue
5th
Northumberland
Gosling Green
10th
North Lincolnshire
Pale Yellow
17th
Leicestershire
White
22nd
Cheshire
Buff
23rd
Royal Welsh Fuzileers
Blue
27th
Inniskilling
Pale-Buff
35th
Sussex
Orange
38th
1st Staffordshire
Yellow
40th
2nd Somersetshire
Buff
 
Grenadiers of the King's Own Regiment (Old Glory, 2nd Edition)

According to the regulations of Royal Clothing Warrant the musicians of the different companies were dressed in different uniforms: The drummers and fifers of the regiments with blue facings had red coats, the others had coats in the facing colours. And there were differences on the backs of the grenadier caps.
4th Regiment of Foot (Lieutenant, NCO, musicians and grenadiers)
The drummers and fifers, playing The British Grenadiers
I tried to use figures of different producers. So you will find miniatures by  Fife & Drum Miniatures, Old Glory (2nd Edition), Perry Miniatures, and Wargames Foundry.




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