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37e R.I.L.
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French Light Infantry Regiments and the Colonels who Led Them: 1791 to 1815

Part IV: 31e - 37e Regiments

By Tony Broughton, FINS

31e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Regimental History

1803: Created, 31e demi-brigade d'Infanterie Legere (formed from the following)

Detachments of Piedmont troops
2e bataillon 112e demi-brigade d'Infanterie de Ligne

1804: 31e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Colonels and Chefs-de-Brigade

1804: Mejan (Louis-Joseph) - Colonel
1809: Meunier Saint-Clair (Benoit) - Colonel
1809: Dulong de Rosnay (Louis-Etienne) - Colonel
1810: Meunier (Joseph) - Colonel
1810: Gavoty (Celestin-Andre-Vincent) - Colonel
1811: Casabianca (Pierre-Francois-Vincent-Antoine) - Colonel
1811: Gifflenga (Alexandre de Rege) - Colonel
1812: Cambriels (Dominique-Pierre) - Colonel

Three of the above officers attained the rank of General-de-Brigade

Meunier Saint-Clair, (Benoit)

Born: 28 November 1768
Colonel: 17 November 1808 (2e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere)
Colonel: 22 July 1809 (31e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere)
General-de-Brigade: 4 August 1813
Died: 4 January 1845

Dulong de Rosnay, (Louis-Etienne)

Born: 12 September 1780
Colonel: 24 July 1809 (63e Regiment d'Infanterie de Ligne)
Colonel: 19 September 1809 (31e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere)
General-de-Brigade: 12 April 1813
Baron of the Empire: 3 July 1813
Died: 21 May 1821

Gifflenga, (Alexandre de Rege)

Born: 13 October 1775
Colonel: 7 September 1811
Lieutenant-General: 19 May 1814
Chevalier of the Empire: 15 January 1809
Baron of the Empire: 14 April 1810
Died: ?

Colonels killed and wounded while commanding the 31e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Colonel Mejean: Wounded 14 June 1807
Colonel Meunier: Wounded 27 September 1810
Colonel Cambriels: Wounded 7 October 1813

Officers killed and wounded while serving with the 31e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere during the period 1804-1814

Officers killed: Twenty-eight
Officers died of wounds: Fourteen
Officers wounded: One hundred and twelve

Regimental war record (Battles and Combats)

1807: Deppen and Friedland
1808: Sos-Aragon and Valladolid
1809: Corogne, Ferrol, Oporto, Braga, and Misarella
1810: Badajoz, Medina-del-Campo, Busaco, and Enduel
1811: Fuentes-d'Onoro
1812: Canilla and Arapiles
1813: Moes, Pampelune, Berra, Sarre, Nive, and Bayonne
1814: Orthez, Vic-de-Bigorre, Saint-Jean Pied-de-Port, Toulouse, and Bayonne

Battle Honours (1812 model drapeaux)

No available information

32e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

1794: Created, 32e demi-brigade d'Infanterie Legere (formed from the following)

32e Bataillon de Chasseurs   
4e bataillon Chasseurs franc du Nord
Bataillon Chasseurs du Hainault

1796: Disbanded and incorporated into 17e demi-brigade d'Infanterie Legere
1808: 32e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere (formed from the following)

Troops of the Grand-Duche de Toscane

Colonels and Chefs-de-Brigade

No available information on the Chefs de Brigade between the period 1794 and 1796
1806: Ruffini (Hyacinthe) - Colonel
1811: Morice de la Rue (Victor-Antoine) - Colonel
1813: Gheneser (Jean-Antoine) - Colonel
1814: Baudoin (Pierre) - Colonel

None of the above officers attained the rank of General-de-Brigade

Colonels killed and wounded while commanding the 32e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Colonel Ruffini: Wounded 19 September 1809

Officers killed and wounded while serving with the 32e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere during the period 1804-1814

Officers killed: Twenty-nine
Officers died of wounds: Six
Officers wounded: One hundred and one

Regimental war record (Battles and Combats)

1794: Fleurus and Maastricht
1796: Mantua and Castiglione
1808: Sines, Jonquerra, and Saragosse
1809: Castillion, Oporto, Bouscaros, Saint-Colombe, and Girone
1810: Olot, Saint-Felix, and Busaco
1811: Redina, Ubeda, Almeida, and Figuieres
1813: Lutzen, Bautzen, Wurschen, Dresde, and Leipzig
1814: Macon and Lyon

Battle Honours (1812 model Drapeaux)

No available information

33e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Regimental History

1808: Created, 33e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere (formed from the following)

Regiment Provisoire d'armee d'Espagne

1809: Disbanded
1810: Reformed as 33e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere (from the following)

Troops Hollandaise

Colonels and Chefs-de-Brigade

1810: Marguerye (Henry-Jean-Baptiste) - Colonel
1813: Le Baillif (Pierre) - Colonel

None of the above officers attained the rank of General-de-Brigade

Colonels killed and wounded while commanding the 33e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Colonel Marguerye: Wounded 17 November 1812

Officers killed and wounded while serving with the 33e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere during the period 1808-1814

Officers killed: Twenty-one
Officers died of wounds: None
Officers wounded: Thirty-seven

Regimental war record (Battles and Combats)

1812: Slusk and Krasnoe
1813: Hambourg

Battle Honours (1812 model drapeaux)

No available information

34e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Regimental History

1811: Created, 34e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere (formed from the following)

2e, 4e, 5e and 7e bataillons auxiliaires de l'armee d'Espagne

Colonels and Chefs-de-Brigade

1811: Bertet (Jacques) - Colonel
1811: Dore de La Ricochais (Joseph-Marie) - Colonel
1811: Poret de Morvan (Paul-Jean-Baptiste) - Colonel
1813: Hauw (Ferdinand d') - Colonel
1813: Cacherano de Bricherasio (Esprit-Marius-Louis-Marie) - Colonel

One of the above officers attained the rank of General-de-Brigade

Poret de Morvan, (Paul-Jean-Baptiste)

Born: 14 April 1777
Colonel: 10 December 1811
General-de-Brigade: 30 August 1813
Commander of the Legion d'Honneur: 26 May 1813
Chevalier of the Empire: 27 February 1812
Baron of the Empire: 14 August 1813
Died: 17 February 1834

Colonels killed and wounded while commanding the 34e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Colonel Bertet: Wounded and died of wounds 27 August 1811
Colonel Morvan: Wounded 3 May 1812 and 27 August 1812
Colonel Hauw: Wounded 30 July 1813
Colonel Cacherano de Bricherasio: Wounded 10 April 1814

Officers killed and wounded while serving with the 34e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere during the period 1811-1814

Officers killed: Twenty-five
Officers died of wounds: Four
Officers wounded: Sixty-five

Regimental war record (Battles and Combats)

1811: Tordesilla, Molina, Villafranca, Reigo-de-Ambroso, Ponte-del-Ponte, and Ciudad-Rodrigo
1812: Cuidad-Rodrigo, Sauria, and Sedano
1813: Saint-Jean Pied-de-Pont, Pampelune, and Bayonne
1814: St Etienne-de-Beygory, Ellete, Orthez and Toulouse

Battle Honours (1812 model drapeaux)

No available information

35e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Regimental History

1812: Created, 35e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere (formed from the following)

1er Regiment de la Mediterrane (formed in 1810)

Colonels and Chefs-de-Brigade

1812: Duche (Jean-Baptiste) - Colonel

None of the above officers attained the rank of General-de-Brigade

Colonels killed and wounded while commanding the 35e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Colonel Duche recieved no wounds

Officers killed and wounded while serving with the 35e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere during the period 1812-1814

Officers killed: Nine
Officers died of wounds: Three
Officers wounded: Forty-two

Regimental war record (Battles and Combats)

1813: Kalisch, Rawiez, Wurschen, Villach, Wolditz, Gross-Beeren, Juterbock, Santa-Hermajor, Zeth, Mulda, Leipzig, Freybourg, and Hanau
1814: Gardonne, Palmanova, Volta, and Aiguebelle

Battle Honours  (1812 model drapeaux)

No available information

36e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Regimental History

1812: 36e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere (formed from the following)

Regiment de Belle-Ile (formed in 1811)

Colonels and Chefs-de-Brigade

1812: Baume (Paul-Hyppolyte-Alexandre) - Colonel

None of the above officers attained the rank of General-de-Brigade

Colonels killed and wounded while commanding the 36e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Colonel Baume: Wounded 13 February 1813 and 23 April 1813

Officers killed and wounded while serving with the 36e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere during the period 1812-1814

Officers killed: Four
Officers died of wounds: None
Officers wounded: Thirty-four

Regimental war record (Battles and Combats)

1812: Wolkowisk
1813: Kalisch, Gorlitz, Gross-Beeren, Villach, Juterbock, Dessau, Roslow, Leipzig,Freybourg, and Hanau
1814: Coblentz and Parme

Battle Honours (1812 model Drapeaux)

No available information

37e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Regimental History

1812: Created, 37e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere (formed from the following)

Detachments of reserve companies

Colonels and Chefs-de-Brigade

1813: Jacquet (Louis-Marion) - Colonel
1814: Gheneser (Jean-Antoine) - Colonel

None of the above officers attained the rank of General-de-Brigade

Colonels killed and wounded while commanding the 37e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere

Colonel Jacquet: Wounded 16 October 1813

Officers killed and wounded while serving with the 37e Regiment d'Infanterie Legere during the period 1812 -1814

Officers killed: Thirteen
Officers died of wounds: Six
Officers wounded: Ninety-five

Regimental war record (Battles and Combats)

1813: Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresde, Wendisch-Carsdorff, Falkenkayn, Leipzig, and Hanau
1814: Saint-Avold, Vassy, La Rothiere, Brienne, Champaubert, Vauchamps, Mormans, Meaux, Reims, and Paris

Battle Honours (1812 model drapeaux)

No available information

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