SIR JOHN MOORE AND THE UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
Volume 1: The Man, the Commander and the Shorncliffe System of Training.
Stephen Summerfield and Susan Law
Published by Ken Trotman Publishing in association with the Shorncliffe Trust.
This was launched at the Shorncliffe Lectures 2015 on 14 November 2015.
Sir John Moore is considered the father of the modern British Army and the creator of the elite universal soldier that would later become the famous Light Division of the 43rd, 52nd and 95th Rifles. His reform of the British Army was enabled by the support of the Duke of York, Sir David Dundas and William Pitt. His brilliant legacy is clearly shown by the Epilogue by General Sir Nick Parker on “The Characteristics of the 21st Century Rifleman.”
This third book in the successful Shorncliffe Lecture Series sets out to put into context Moore’s moral compass, principals and experiences that created his philosophy and internal discipline that was key to the “Shorncliffe System of Training.” Moore’s own diary entries, letters, recollections of his family, friends, newspapers, and those who served with him have been used. It also includes, Moore’s Instructions to the Battalions of Irish Militia Light Infantry of 1798 and a discussion of contemporary light infantry manuals.
Probably the most neglected developments of British light infantry connections are Corsica, West Indies, Ireland, and Egypt. The chronology shows the global reach of the British Army and the large number of theatres in which Sir John Moore served . The Index has been divided into a General, Name and Regimental Index. There are over 90 mostly contemporary illustrations including 24 Maps and 20 portraits as well as 14 OOBs and 25 Tables.
Volume 2, will explore Sir John Moore’s expeditions to the Mediterranean, Sweden and the Peninsular (1806-09).