Welcome to 2020

Celebrating 20 years of re-enactment

The Napoleonic Wars may have lasted for some 15+ years, but its visibility and awareness far exceeds the time frame occupied by this brief slice of British history. The names of Moore, Wellington, Nelson, mad King George, Jane Austen and even Napoleon himself, are entrenched in British Folklore.


It is with great pride, that members of the 44th play our part in bringing this period of history to life. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, we exhibit a great regard for our military heritage, maintaining our high standard of living history interpretation, be it as part of a battle scenario, drill display or a simple ‘one to one’ with a member of the public.  

The loyalty of our members helps to make all of this possible, we are fortunate that our numbers remain fairly steady. There are not many re-enactment groups that after some 20 years, continue to maintain as consistent an establishment level as we do. Yes we may lose a few, thankfully most tend to be our younger members, to higher education (hopefully to return after a few years), but we seem to compensate for our losses, those we lose are made up with the addition of a few new recruits.   

In 2020 we will enjoy another year of great events, a return to favourite venues such as Hole Park in Kent, Fort Amherst at Chatham, our training base at Tilbury Fort and returning to the fields of Waterloo for the 205th anniversary event. (Keep an eye on our events page for updates of what we are doing)

Our confidence in the future of the 44th is supported by our members’ knowledge, skill and camaraderie, our camp followers and supporters, including family members, all playing their part to keep their Regiment on the march.


Would you like to be a part of all this?  Well you could be – just take the king’s shilling on offer from the Regiment’s 44th recruiting party. (The “Joining us” page) It will change your life.

God save His Majesty’s 44th


Major-General Edwin Parker

Colonel of the 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot.  

A message of welcome to 2020 from the Commanding Officer for members of the Regiment and all those interested in our future.

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