Military Subjects: Organization, Strategy & Tactics

British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 28th Regiment of Foot

By Steve Brown

Secondary Titles:

North Gloucestershire

Regimental History

1694:

16 February – raised at Portsmouth by Colonel John Gibson

1803:

9 July – 2nd Battalion formed at Plymouth

1814:

2nd Battalion disbanded at Plymouth

Colonels

1789:

6 July

Robert Prescott

1815:

26 December

Sir Edward Paget, G.C.B.

Stations and Combats – 1st Battalion

1793:

Ireland; Jersey

1794:

To England; February – Lyndhurst; June – Portsmouth; July – to Flanders; Nijmegen; Tiel; Geldermalsen

1795:

Buurmalsen; retreat to Bremen; March - to England; May – ordered to Quiberon, turned back to port; October – to West Indies

1796:

Battalion divided in storm - 4 companies to Barbados, 6 companies to Gibraltar; Barbados companies at St Lucia, Grenada

1797:

West Indies companies to Gibraltar; Gibraltar companies on marine service; battalion reunited at Gibraltar

1798:

Gibraltar; November – capture of Minorca; December - Gibraltar

1799:

February – Gibraltar; September - Minorca

1800:

Minorca; June – Gibraltar; Cadiz; November – Malta; to Egypt

1801:

March – Egypt; Aboukir; Mandora; Alexandria; Cairo

1802:

Egypt; October – Malta; November – to England; Portsmouth; Hilsea

1803:

January – Plymouth; August - to Ireland; Fermoy

1804:

Ireland – Fermoy; Kilady; Fermoy

1805:

Birr; August – Curragh; Mallow; October – to Hanover; Bremen

1806:

Bremen; Cuxhaven; to England - Yarmouth; Colchester; June – Maldon; Danbury

1807:

Danbury; July – Colchester; Harwich; to Denmark - Copenhagen; November – Portsmouth; Colchester

1808:

Colchester; April – Harwich; May – to Sweden; Gothenburg; July – to England; August – to Peninsula; Mondego Bay

1809:

Cacabellos; CORUNNA; to England; (200 men left in Peninsula at Douro and Talavera, later into 2/28th) Colchester; Dover; Deal; June – to Walcheren; South Beveland; August – to England; Colchester; first regiment to trial loose grey trousers on campaign

1810:

January – Portsmouth; Cadiz; to Gibraltar; September - Tarifa

1811:

Tarifa; March – Cadiz; BARROSA; Gibraltar; July – Lisbon; Arroyo dos Molinos

1812:

Almarez; Burgos

1813:

VITTORIA; Valley of Bastan; Maya; Beunza; NIVELLE; NIVE

1814:

Garris; Tarbes; ORTHEZ; TOULOUSE; May – Bordeaux; to Ireland; Cork; July – Limerick; ordered to North America, countermanded

1815:

Cork; ordered to Bermuda, countermanded; May – to Belgium; Ostend; Quatre Bras; WATERLOO; Paris; Army of Occupation; November – Calais; to England.

Stations and Combats – 2nd Battalion

1803:

9 July - formed at Plymouth – men from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset; to Ireland – Fermoy

1804:

Ireland – Fermoy; Kilady; Fermoy

1805:

Birr; August – Curragh; Dublin

1806:

Dublin

1807:

Armagh

1808:

Limerick

1809:

Limerick; June – Cork; to Peninsula; Lisbon; 200 men from 1/28th joined

1810:

Castello Branco; Bussaco

1811:

1st siege of Badajoz; ALBUERA; 2nd siege of Badajoz; August – men into 1/28th, cadre home to recruit; Portsmouth; Berry Head

1812:

Berry Head

1813:

Berry Head

1814:

Pendennis; September – Plymouth; ordered to North America, countermanded; disbanded at Plymouth.

Careers of Senior Officers (shown as highest rank attained in regiment in the period)

Lt Col Robert Kingston

Major in 86th Foot 15 July 1768; Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 13 October 1780; brevet Colonel 20 October 1782; Major-General 12 October 1793; retired May 1794.

Major Samuel Wildey Roberts

Major in 28th Foot 13 October 1780 (on transfer from 13th Foot); brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 18 November 1790; died Southampton May 1794.

Lt Col William Cornwallis Hall

Major in 28th Foot 9 September 1795; Lieutenant-Colonel 31 May 1796; retired July 1800.

Major Heneage Twysden

Born Kent 1764; Major in 4th Foot 15 May 1795; Major in 28th Foot 31 May 1796; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 18 January 1799; to Lieutenant-Colonel in Sir John Stuart’s Regiment 19 March 1799.

Lt Col Hon. Edward Paget, G.C.B.

Born London 1775, younger brother of Henry, future Earl of Uxbridge; Major in 54th Foot 14 November 1793; served in Flanders 1794 to 1795; Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 30 April 1794 (on transfer from 54th Foot); commanded 28th Foot 1794 to 1803; served as a marine at Cape St Vincent 1797; brevet Colonel 1 January 1798; served in Egypt 1801; subsequently Brigadier-General 1803; Major-General 1 January 1805; served in Mediterranean 1806; commanded brigade in Peninsula September 1808 to January 1809; commanded Reserve at Corunna; lost left arm at Douro 1809; Lieutenant-General 4 June 1811; commanded 1st Division in Peninsula October to November 1812; taken POW November 1812; Commander-in-Chief in India 1822 to 1825; General 27 May 1825; died Isle of Wight May 1849.

Lt Col William Dyott

Born Staffordshire 1761; Major in 4th Foot 19 May 1794; Lieutenant-Colonel in 4th Foot 18 September 1794; Lieutenant-Colonel in 103rd Foot 18 August 1795; Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 5 September 1795; to Lieutenant-Colonel in 25th Foot 11 November 1795; died 1847.

Major Matthew Scott

Major in 19th Foot 9 September 1795; Lieutenant-Colonel in 25th Foot 7 November 1795; exchanged to 28th Foot 11 November 1795; died May 1796.

Lt Col John Thomas

Major in 28th Foot 2 February 1796; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 16 May 1800; Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 24 September 1803; commanded 2/28th Foot 1803 to 1804; retired November 1804.

Major George Johnston

Major in 28th Foot 20 March 1799 (on transfer from 4th Foot); brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1 January 1800; retired November 1801.

Lt Col William Chambers

Major in 36th Foot 13 November 1799; Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 30 May 1800 (on transfer from 36th Foot); retired August 1802.

Major George Groves

Major in 28th Foot 8 March 1801; retired December 180

Lt Col William Johnson

Major in 24th Light Dragoons 1 November 1799; Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 28 July 1802 (on transfer from 24th Light Dragoons); commanded 1/28th Foot 1803 to 1808; to Inspecting Field Officer in Canada 8 December 1808.

Major George Gough

Major in 28th Foot 9 July 1803; retired December 1804.

Major John Frederick Browne, C.B.

Served in Flanders 1793 to 1794; served in West Indies 1796; served in Egypt 1801; Major in 28th Foot 9 July 1803; served in Hanover 1805; commanded 1/28th Foot in Peninsula August 1808 to January 1809; served at Walcheren 1809; commanded flank battalion at Barrosa March 1811; again in Peninsula with 1/28th April 1810 to April 1812; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 25 July 1810; Lieutenant-Colonel in 56th Foot 5 March 1812; served in Netherlands 1814; Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 9 May 1816; died 1844.

Major Peter Carey

Major in 28th Foot 9 July 1803 (on transfer from 27th Light Dragoons); brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 29 June 1804; Deputy Inspector-General Army of Reserve 1804; exchanged to Major 86th Foot 26 March 1807.

Lt Col Charles Philip Belson, K.C.B.

Born 1773; served in West Indies 1793 to 1794; served at Helder 1799; Major in 18 February 1802; Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 23 November 1804  (on transfer from 3rd West India Regiment); commanded 2/28th Foot 1804 to 1808; commanded 1/28th in Walcheren 1809; commanded 1/28th in Peninsula February to March 1811; again in Peninsula July to September 1811; brevet Colonel 4 June 1812; again in Peninsula December 1812 to April 1814; commanded 1/28th in Waterloo campaign, commanded 8th Brigade after Waterloo; to Lieutenant-Colonel 56th Foot 9 May 1816; subsequently Major-General 12 August 1819; died London November 1830.

Major Charles Bevan

Born London 1778; Major in 28th Foot 1 December 1804; served in Peninsula August 1808 to January 1809; to Lieutenant-Colonel in 4th Foot 18 January 1810; committed suicide at Portelagre on 8 July 1811, after being held accountable for the loss of the French garrison at Almeida.

Major Robert Nixon

Born Ireland; served in Egypt 1801; Major in 28th Foot 15 December 1804; served in Peninsula with 2/28th Foot July 1809 to March 1810; served with Portuguese Army April 1810 to July 1811; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 30 May 1811; again with 1/28th August 1811 to November 1813; wounded at Waterloo; retired 1816.

Major Frederick Philipse Robinson

Born New York 1763; served in North America 1783; Major in 127th Foot 1 September 1794; Major in 134th Foot 29 July 1796; Inspecting Field Officer 1796 to 1800; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1 January 1800; on half-pay 91st Foot; Major in 28th Foot 26 March 1807; to Major 86th Foot 21 February 1807; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1813; commanded a brigade in 5th Division in Peninsula 1813 to 1814; served in North America 1814; died 1852.

Major John Ross

Major in 28th Foot 16 April 1807 (on transfer from 18th Foot); served in Peninsula with 2/28th Foot July 1809 to January 1810; again in Peninsula July 1810 to November 1811; again in Peninsula with 1/28th November 1813 to April 1814; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 4 June 1814.

Lt Col Hon. Alexander Abercromby, C.B.

Born 1784, youngest son of General Ralph Abercromby; served at Helder 1799; served at Ferrol 1800; served in Egypt 1801; Major in 100th Foot 17 July 1806; exchanged to 81st Foot 7 January 1807; Inspecting Field Officer in Canada 28 January 1808;  Lieutenant-Colonel in 28th Foot 8 December 1808; served in Peninsula with 2/28th Foot July 1809 to August 1811; again in Peninsula with 1/28th September 1811 to January 1813; Assistant Quarter-Master General on staff February 1813 to April 1814; brevet Colonel 4 June 1814; Captain & Lieutenant-Colonel Coldstream Foot Guards 25 July 1814; served on staff in Waterloo campaign, wounded at Waterloo; died August 1853.

Major Charles Paterson

Born Scotland; served in Peninsula with 1/28th Foot August 1808 to January 1809; served at Walcheren 1809; Major in 28th Foot 18 January 1810; again in Peninsula with 1/28th September 1810 to March 1811; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 20 June 1811; again in Peninsula July 1811 to October 1812; wounded at Vittoria, died of wounds August 1813.

Major Hon. Edward Mullens

Born 1777; served in Peninsula with 1/28th Foot August 1808 to January 1809; served at Walcheren 1809; again in Peninsula December 1810 to March 1811, wounded at Barrosa; again in Peninsula July 1811 to December 1812; again in Peninsula May 1813 to April 1814; Major in 28th Foot 9 September 1813; on half-pay 1814; died 1841.

Captain Frederick Stovin, K.C.B.

Born Yorkshire 1783; served at Ferrol 1800; Captain in 28th Foot 9 July 1803; served at Hanover 1805; served in Peninsula with 1/28th Foot August 1808 to January 1809; served at Walcheren 1809; again in Peninsula April to May 1810; again in Peninsula September 1811; ADC to General Picton October 1811 to July 1812; Assistant Adjutant-General August 1812 to April 1814; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 26 August 1813; wounded at New Orleans January 1815; Lieutenant-Colonel in 92nd Foot 2 September 1819.

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