XXIId Regiment of Foot
In the center of each colour is to be painted, or embroidered, in gold
Roman characters, the number of the rank of the regiment, within the
wreath of roses and thistles on the same stalk. The second Colour to be
the colour of the facing of the regiment, with the Union in the upper
canton; except those regiments which are faced with red, white, or black.
The 22nd was first raised in Chester for service under King William III
in 1688 being known as the Duke of Norfolk's Regiment of Foot.
The regiment was designated the 22nd Regiment of Foot in July of 1751.
In 1758 the 22nd participated in the siege and capture of Louisburg,
where it received its first battle honour. The grenadiers of the 22nd,
along with the grenadier companies of certain other regiments, formed
a battalion entitled the 'Grenadiers of Louisburg,' fighting on the
Plains of Abraham, above the city of Quebec, on September 13, 1759.
The regiment was present for the French surrender of Montreal in 1760.
After Montreal, the 22nd was sent to the West Indies, seeing
action in Dominica in 1761 and taking part in the capture of
Martinique and the Spanish citadel of Havana in 1762.
The 22nd Regiment of Foot arrived in Boston in July of 1775.
On March 15th, 1776, during the evacuation Boston, the regiment
left for Halifax, Nova Scotia. Returning to America in June of 1776,
the 22nd spent most of the American Revolution garrisoned in and
around New York City, taking part in periodic skirmishes throughout
Long Island, Staten Island, New Jersey and Rhode Island. In 1782
the 22nd was granted the county title of the Cheshire Regiment.
The 22nd Regiment of Foot left New York with the rest of the British
Army on November 25, 1783, officially ending the American Revolution.
The front [of the drums] to be painted with the colour of the facing
of the regiment, with the King's cypher and crown, and the
number of the regiment under it.
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