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1755 - 55th raised in Bridgnorth by William Whitmore

1756 - England

1757 - The 53rd Regiment of Foot

1758 - Ticonderoga

1763-68 - Gibraltar

1768-75 - Ireland

1771 - Minorca

1776 - first overseas journey to Canada to relieve Quebec

The Americans (Montgomery) had taken Saint Johns (or Saint-Jean) and Montreal in an invasion of British-held Canada. On the Plains of Abraham Montgomery joined forces with Benedict Arnold who had led 600 men for 350 miles through forest from Maine. Together Montgomery and Arnold attacked Quebec, held by 1,800 British (Carleton). It was a rash assault. Montgomery was killed and Arnold wounded, 100 of their men were killed or wounded and 300 taken prisoner. British casualties, five killed, thirteen wounded. After a severe winter the Americans fell back to Lake Champlain in April 1776.

1775-76 - Boston, Chambly, Halifax, Sorrel, Three Rivers, Ireland

1777 - Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Freeman's Farm, Lake Champlain

1782 - 53rd named 'The 53rd or The Shropshire Regiment' (a 2nd Bn existed 1803-1817)

Time in England and then to Flanders

1793 - first Battle Honour 'Nieuport', Flanders

to West Indies, assault on St. Lucia

1805 - 1st Bn. to India

1809 - South Mahratta

1812 - Nepaul, Kalunga

1815 - St. Helena

1817-19 - Pindarree War, capture of Copal-Drog

1823 - returned from first tour of duty in India, in England for 20 years

returned to India - Aliwal and Sobraon, Lahore

1829-40 - Malta, Gibraltar, Ionian Islands

1836 - Ireland -  The Crown Forces in Dungarvan

1844 - India, Buddiwal, Aliwal, Sobraon. Goojerat. 

1847 - Fort William, Bengal

1851-53 - Peshawur frontier

1857-1859 Calcutta, Indian Mutiny, Relief of Lucknow, Cawnpore, siege and capture of Lucknow, Oude, Trans-Gogra - Alambagh, Allahabad, Barrackpore, Calcutta, Charbagh Bridge, Chutra, Dilkoosha, Futtehpore, Goomtee, Kalee River, Kudjwa (Khudjwah), Martiniere, Meeangunge, 

As the rebel sepoy army approached, the garrison and remaining residents took refuge in the Residency, which had been prepared as a fort. Havelock and Outram left Cawnpore, September 19, to relieve the garrison and on September 23 defeated 12,000 rebels at the Alumbagh. They forced the Charbagh bridge on September 25, captured the Secunderbagh and fought street by street into the Residency. By now the garrison had lost 483 killed or wounded and the relief force 535. Sir Colin Campbell and his column, after more heavy fighting, relieved the place on November 19 and escorted the garrison in withdrawal. Conquest of Lucknow began on March 1, 1858, and after successive assaults, was completed on March 21.

1860 - Devonport

1860-62 Aldershot

1861 - Plymouth

1862-64 - Portsmouth

1864-65 - Ireland - Curragh Camp

1865 - Ireland - Kilkenny

1866 - Ireland - Enniskillen, Waterford

1866-68 - Canada - London

1866 - Canada then Bermuda

1868-69 - Canada - Quebec

1870 - Barbadoes

1870-75 - Bermuda

1868-80 - Aldershot

1875 - Ireland - Templemore

1876-77 Ireland - Belturbet

1877-78 - Jersey

1880 - England - Manchester, Shrewsbury

1880-81 - England - Chatham

1881 - renamed 1st Battalion The King's Light Infantry (Shropshire) Regiment, the Militia units of Shropshire and Herefordshire became part of K.S.L.I. and called 3rd and 4th (Militia) Battalions.Shrewsbury became Regimental Depot


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