The 32nd Regiment of Foot
of the British Army
was first raised in 1702
as a regiment of marines
to fight in the War of Spanish Succession
It won its first battle honour in 1705
for the siege and capture of Gibraltar
The 32nd landed in Portugal in 1808, and under the soon to be Duke of Wellington, fought in the battles of Roliça
. They fought under Moore in the retreat to Corunna
, and on returning to England they were part of the Walcheren expedition
in the Netherlands where many were struck down with malaria. After being reinforced they returned to Spain, leading the assault on Salamanca and taking part in all the major conflicts right into France. For the final chapter in Napoleon's history, the 32nd fought at the battle of Quatre Bras, arriving about 2 pm just in time to help halt the French advance. The Cornish regiment were renowned for their bloodcurdling Death Howl before attacking. Two days later at Waterloo the 32nd were stationed opposite the French main attacks, stoically standing their ground before attacking Napoleon's assaulting troops. There were 647 men of all ranks at the start of 18 June 1815, and at the end of the day there were only 131 men left standing; they suffered the greatest loss of any regiment on that day.
<blockquote>They Stood,They Fought,They Died,They Won,They Are Remembered
</blockquote>The regiment famously defended Lucknow
from July to November 1857, Victoria Crosses
being awarded to William Dowling
, Henry George......