ON Sunday 4th June, the British army will take up garrison duty in Tilbury Fort, Tilbury, for the first time since the fort was de-commissioned in the 1950s. The difference is that this time the army will be the redcoats of George III.
The 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot, one of the country’s foremost Napoleonic re-enactment groups, will be setting up a 19th Century tented camp within the walls of the fort, which is run and maintained by English Heritage.
Visitor’s to this historic site will see the troops drilling and firing the famous Brown Bess Musket, finding out how the King’s soldiers lived and played, how they were disciplined at courts martial and how the officers settled their dispute by duelling.
The 44th East Essex Regiment, one of Lord Wellington’s finest, will shortly be “taking ship” to celebrate the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in Spain and expel the forces of the Corsican Ogre, Napoleon from that formidable fortress. This is your chance to see the preparations the regiment will be making before they embark for Spain and experience the smell of the powder and rattle of the cannonball at first hand.
The flag will be raised at 10:00am and lowered at 16:00 on Sunday)