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Chester Military Museum: September 2010

Outside Chester Museum


"The New England colonies are in a state of rebellion... Blows must decide." - George III

On a bright, brisk September morn we returned to our depot after an absence of some 220 years. We the 22nd Regiment of Foot were once again in Chester. Under the leadership of Cpl Wilson we were to engage the citizens of Chester and apprise them of our dedication to the defence of the realm. Already having battle honours achieved at Louisburg Canada (1758), Havannah (1762) and Martinique (1762) we were justly proud of our prowess against the French and Spanish . . .and so to the day.

After drill under the watchful eye of Cpl Wilson, the Regimental Colour was affixed at the entrance to the Museum, with our step to the beat of our Regimental Drummer.  Returning to the square we drilled some more and then prepared to advance to the Market cross in the very centre of Chester.

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With the day being Race Day there were many visitors, a goodly portion of whom were invested within the alehouses. Upon reaching the lane to the Market Cross we halted, dressed ranks and fixed bayonets. At this point the hubbub subsided a little. . . . . and thus we marched to the beat of the drum, the citizens parting as we progressed towards the centre of the city. On arrival we Ordered our Firelocks and stood easy. A young minstrel, lounging by the Market Cross, was silenced by our presence and the gathering of citizens and foreigners alike intent on viewing and studying our form (on enquiring of the ladies what was going on, he revealed that he had stopped playing to give us more of the limelight – Ed). Withstanding this gentle appraisal and generally female inquisition, our Corporal at length determined that we should return to our Depot. And so, to our Drummer’s beat, we returned thus.

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