Welcome to 2021

This welcome message is now a whole lot different from the one we posted last year. 2020 would have celebrated the 20th anniversary of our existence! However, trying to celebrate 20 years of re-enactment when you have no events in which to participate and lock-down finishing any ideas of celebration parties. Like life in general, everything has been on hold until this summer. At the time of writing, May 2021, we are hopeful that we will be up and marching again very soon.

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. We may lose a few, but we seem to compensate for our losses, those we lose are made up with the addition of new recruits.   

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.

Major-General Edwin Parker - Colonel of the 44th East Essex Regiment of Foot.  

are come to a new era in the history of nations; we are called to struggle for the destiny, not of this country alone but of the civilised world… We have for ourselves the great duty of self-preservation to perform; but the duty of the people of England now is of far nobler and higher order… Amid the wreck and the misery of nations it is our just exultation the we have continued superior to all that ambition or despotism could effect; and our still higher exultation ought to be that we provided not only for our own safety but hold out a prospect for nations now bending under the iron yoke of tyranny of what the exertions of a free people can effect.”

 William Pitt (the younger). Address to parliament Summer 1804

A message of welcome to 2021 from the Commanding Officer for members of the Regiment and all those interested in our future.

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