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Fantasy Orbats 2: Wellington’s Old Contemptibles of 1914

By Steve Brown

What if the British Regular Army that went to France in August and September 1914 was the same one that existed in 1815? Here’s what the ‘Old Contemptibles’ looked like if re-clad as their Wellingtonian counterparts.

On paper, it looks remarkably similar in size and composition to the Duke’s armies of 1814 and 1815. But what, no Light Division? And what His Grace would have given for all that artillery!!!

Cavalry Division: Major General Edmund Allenby

1st Cavalry Brigade (Brigadier-General C. J. Briggs)

2nd (The Queen’s) Dragoon Guards
5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Dragoon Guards
11th Light Dragoons

2nd Cavalry Brigade (Brigadier-General H. de Lisle)

    4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
    9th
    Light Dragoons
    18th (King’s Irish) Light Dragoons (Hussars)

3rd Cavalry Brigade (Brigadier-General H. de la P. Gough)

    4th (Queen's Own) Dragoons
    16th (The Queen's) Light Dragoons

4th Cavalry Brigade (Brigadier-General Hon.C. E. Bingham)

    Life Guards Composite Regiment
    6th Dragoon Guards
    3rd (King's Own) Dragoons

5th Cavalry Brigade (Brigadier-General Sir P. W. Chetwode)

    2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons (Scots Greys)
    12th (Prince of Wales's) Light Dragoons
    20th (Jamaica) Light Dragoons

Artillery:

    4 companies RHA.

I Corps: Lieutenant-General Sir Douglas Haig.

1st Division: Major-General S. H. Lomax.

1st (Guards) Brigade (Brigadier-General F. I. Maxse)

1/Coldstream Foot Guards
1/3rd Foot Guards
1/42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch)

2nd Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General E. S. Bulfin)

1/47th (Lancashire) Regiment of Foot
1/48th (Northamptonshire) Regiment of Foot
3/60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot

3rd Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General H. J. S. Landon)

2nd (Queen’s Royal) Regiment of Foot
1/24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot
1/28th (North Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot
1/69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot

        Divisional Troops

A Squadron, 15th (The King's) Light Dragoons (Hussars)

Artillery

9 companies RA.

2nd Division: Major-General C. C. Monro.

4th (Guards) Brigade (Brigadier-General R. Scott-Kerr)

2/1st Foot Guards
2/Coldstream Foot Guards

5th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General R. C. B. Haking)

1/36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot
1/52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry)
74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot
94th (Scotch Brigade) Regiment of Foot

6th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General R. H. Davies)

1/8th (King’s) Regiment of Foot
1/49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot
2/60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot
2/80th (Staffordshire Volunteers) Regiment of Foot

Divisional Troops

 B Squadron, 15th (The King's) Light Dragoons (Hussars)

Artillery

9 companies RA.

II Corps: Lieutenant-General Sir James Grierson.

3rd Division: Major-General Hubert I. W. Hamilton.

7th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General F. W. N. McCracken)

2/36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot
1/62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot
1/82nd (Prince of Wales's Volunteers) Regiment of Foot
1/86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot

8th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General B. J. C. Doran)

2/1st (The Royal Scots) Regiment of Foot
2/18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot
75th Regiment of Foot
77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot

·     9th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General F. C. Shaw)

1/5th (Northumberland Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot
2/7th (Royal Fuzileers) Regiment of Foot
1/10th (Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot
1/21st (Royal North British Fuzileers) Regiment of Foot

Divisional Troops

C Squadron, 15th (The King's) Light Dragoons (Hussars)

Artillery

9 companies RA.

5th Division: Major-General Sir C. Fergusson.

13th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General G.J. Cuthbert)

2/25th (King's Own Borderers) Regiment of Foot
1/50th (West Kent) Regiment of Foot
76th Regiment of Foot

14th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General S. P. Rolt)

2/12th (East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot
1/31st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment of Foot
1/32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot
96th Regiment of Foot

15th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General A. E. W. Count Gleichen)

1/9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot
1/16th (Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot
22nd (Cheshire) Regiment of Foot
1/39th (Dorsetshire) Regiment of Foot

Divisional Troops

A Squadron, 19th Light Dragoons

Artillery

9 companies RA.

III Corps: Major-General W. P. Pulteney.

4th Division: Major-General T. D'O. Snow.

10th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General J. A. L. Haldane)

1/6th (1st Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot
1/78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot (Ross-shire Buffs)
1/87th (Prince of Wales Own Irish) Regiment of Foot

11th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General A. G. Hunter-Weston)

13th (1st Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot
1/30th (Cambridgeshire) Regiment of Foot
1/37th (North Hampshire) Regiment of Foot
1/95th (Rifles) Regiment of Foot

12th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General H. F. M. Wilson)

1/4th (King's Own) Regiment of Foot
1/56th (West Essex) Regiment of Foot

Divisional Troops

B Squadron, 19th Light Dragoons

Artillery

9 companies RA.

6th Division: Major-General J. L. Keir.

16th Infantry Brigade ( Brigadier-GeneralE. C. Ingouville-Williams)

1/3rd (East Kent, The Buffs) Regiment of Foot
1/17th (Leicestershire) Regiment of Foot
1/53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot
1/84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot

17th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General W. R. B. Doran)

1/7th (Royal Fuzileers) Regiment of Foot
1/64th (2nd Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot
3/95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot

18th Infantry Brigade (Brigadier-General W. N. Congreve)

1/15th (East Yorkshire) Regiment of Foot
19th (1st Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot

Divisional Troops

C Squadron, 19th Light Dragoons

Artillery

9 companies RA.

Any omissions are units that did not exist in 1815.....apologies to them.

Sources:

British Expeditionary Force Order of Battle (1914). Accessed February 2010.

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: September 2010

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