Home‎ > ‎

Historical Photos of the Regiment


40th of Foot historical photos

40th of Foot  Soldiers Memorials
40th Regiment Of Foot Memorial Chicksands, Bedfordshire, England

40th Regiment Of Foot Memorial Chicksands, Bedfordshire, England

commemorates the role of the Fortieth Regiment of Foot in the Napoleonic Wars, as well as marking the end of both the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the Crimean War, at which time the memorial was restored and moved to another site. There is also an inscription to commemorate the restoration and relocation of the memorial which took place in the 1970s. The limestone obelisk stands on a square based plinth with inscriptions on all four sides. It is located on the lawn of Chicksands Priory which serves as the Officers’ Mess at this Ministry of Defence owned site

The inscription on the west face of the plinth reads:

For Peace Restored To Europe
And Freedom to the Nations
Oppressed, insulted
By the Ambition of one Man
Who in the End might have defied Resistance, extinguished Hope
But for their Heroic Efforts.
Aided by the Counsels and Valour of this Country
Which claims so proud a share in the Glory of their Deliverance
For these Blessings
Long and arduosly contended for
Let gratitude be felt
To those whether of this or foreign lands,
Who nobly contributed to procure them.
But above all
To the power invisible supreme

On the east reads:

The Officers Non Commissioned Officers & Private Soldiers
of the Fortieth Regiment of foot
who gloriously fell in Contest
maintained by Great Britain against revolutionary France
commencing in the year 1793
and terminating in the year 1815
by the Battle of Waterloo and the Capture of Paris
This Pillar is erected
by General Sir George Osbourn Bart. their Colonel
In humble Gratitude to Divine Providence
for the Success of His Majesty’s Arms
and for the Restoration of the Blessings
Of Peace

and on the north side reads:

This Pillar
Was restored and removed to its present site
By Sir George Robert Osbourn Baronet
In commemoration of a
Treaty of Paris
Signed at Paris
on the thirtieth day of March 1856
between the Allied Powers of
Great Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey
and the one side, and
On the other, at the termination
Of the arduous, and memorable Campaign of the
Alma, Balaclava, Inkermann, Sebastopol


The British Cemetery Elvas, Portugal

The British Cemetery Elvas, Portugal

The British Cemetery Elvas, Portugal








Badajoz Wall


The Officers and Men of Badajoz

“In Hell before Daylight”

Royal Artillery
Maj Bull’s Troop RHA
Maj Ross’s Troop RHA
Capt Holcombe’s Coy RA

60th Royal American
Brunswick Oels

3rd Division
Kempt’s Brigade
1/45th 1st Nottinghamshire
3/60th Royal American
74th Highlanders
1/88th Connaught Rangers

Campbell’s Brigade
2/5th Northumberland
77th East Middlesex
2/83rd (Royal Irish Rifles)
94th Scotch Brigade

4th Division
Kemmis’s Brigade
3/27th Inniskilling
1/40th 2nd Somersetshire

Bowe’s Brigade
1/7th Royal Fusiliers
1/23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers
1/48th Northamptonshire

Capt Gardiner’s Coy RA
Capt Glubb’s Coy RA
(Capt Power)
Capt Rettberg’s Coy KGA

Royal Engineers
Royal Military Artificers

5th Division
Hay’s Brigade
3/1st The Royal Scots
1/9th East Norfolk
2/38th 1st Staffordshire

Walker’s Brigade
1/4th or the King’s Own
2/30th Cambridgeshire
2/44th East Essex

Light Division
1/38th 1st Staffordshire
1/43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry
1/52nd Oxfordshire Light Infantry
95th Rifle Regiment (two battalions)

The British Cemetery Elvas, PortugalAlbuera Wall

The Officers and Men of Albuera


Royal Artillery
Capt Lefebure’s Tp RHA
Capt Hawker’s Bde RHA

3rd Dragoon Guards
4th Queen’s Own Dragoons
13th Light Dragoons

2nd Division
Four Coys 60th (Royal American) Regiment, one to each Bde

Colborne’s Brigade
1/3rd The Buffs
2/48th Northamptonshire
2/31st Huntingdonshire
2/66th Berkshire

Hoghton’s Brigade
29th Worcestershire
1/57th West Middlesex
1/48th Northamptonshire

Abercrombie’s Brigade
2/28th North Gloucestershire
2/39th Dorsetshire
2/34th Cumberland

Capt Cleeve’s Bde KGA
Capt Sympher’s Bde KGA

Alten’s Independent Brigade
1st  & 2nd Light Batts. King’s German Legion

4th Division

Myer’s Fusilier Brigade
1/7th Royal Fusiliers
2/7th Royal Fusiliers
1/23rd Royal Welch Fusiliers

James Kemmis´s Brigade
1 Coy each of
2/27th Inniskilling
1/40th 2nd Somersetshire
97th Queen’s German

Royal Garrison Church, PortsmouthRoyal Garrison Church, Portsmouth, England
Sir Alexander Woodford Colonel of the 40th Regiment
AUG 26 1870 AGE 88.
1842 Appointed Colonel of the 40th Regiment and was President of the Clothing Board for several years.

Nelson - Captain Frederick Hibbart - 40th Foot - died 3rd December 1879.
Memorial in Royal Garrison Church, Portsmouth - "To the glory of God and in memory of Frederick Hibbart Nelson Captain XL Regiment who died at Dum Dum East Indies 3rd December 1879 and was buried at Southsea 6th February 1880. The tiling of this wall has been dedicated by his brother officers in token of their love & esteem."

Morphy - Major Martin - 40th Foot - died 18th September 1880.
Memorial at Royal Garrison Church, Portsmouth - "To the glory of God and in memory of Martin Morphy Major XL Regiment who was killed by the Great Landslip at Pani Tal East Indies on 18th September 1880. The tiling of this wall has been dedicated by his brother officers in token of their love & esteem."


Royal Garrison Church,  Old Portsmouth- The Graves


Grave No.138. SACRED To the Memory of Major JOHN BARNETT late of her Majesty's 40th Regt who died the 15th April 1848 Aged 73 Years


Grave No.139. SACRED To the Memory of JAMES MILL Esq late of the 40th Regiment Died May 7th 1847 Aged 60. Also/EMILY GEORGINA De CERJAT granddaughter of the above Died Feb 22nd 1854. Aged 7 Months To the beloved Memory of MARTHA, wife of the above Died February 13th 1874. This slight testimony of respect, is offered by her youngest Son William Mill, in remembrance of a Good Mother. 





Headstone of Serjeant William Lawrence of the 40th Regiment of Foot

Headstone of Serjeant William Lawrence at Studland Church, Dorset, England

"To the honoured memory of Serjeant William Lawrence of the 40th Regiment of Foot who after a long and eventful life in the service of his country peacefully ended his days at Studland, November 11, 1869.

He served with his distinguished regiment in the war in South America 1805 and through the whole of the Peninsular War 1808-1813.

He received a silver medal and ten clasps for the battles in which he was engaged.

Roleia - Vimiera - Talavera,
Ciudad Rodrigo,
Badajoz, (in which desperate assault being one of the voulunteers


for the forlorn hope he was most severely wounded)Serjeant William Lawrence at Studland Church, Dorset
Vittoria - Pyrennes - Nivelles
Orthes - Toulouse
He also fought in the glorious victory of WATERLOO
June 18, 1815
While serving with his regiment during the Occupation of Paris by the Allied Armies
Serjeant Lawrence married Clotilde Clairet at St.Germain-en-Laye who died September 26 1853 and was buried beneath this spot."

Serjeant William Lawrence at Studland Church, DorsetSerjeant William Lawrence at Studland Church, Dorset


First Settlement Memorial Wall
Redcliffe Parade, Rotary Park , Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
Commemorates first settlement at Redcliffe in 1824. A decision was made in June of 1824 to form a settlement at Moreton Bay and on 1 September 1824 the Amity left Sydney to transport convicts and soldiers to the new settlement. It arrived at Moreton Bay on 12 September and the settlers landed at Redcliffe Point two days later. In the party were Surveyor General John Oxley, King's Botanist Allan Cunningham, Assistant Surveyor Robert Hoddle, Commandant Lt, Miller of the 40th Regiment of Foot, his wife and son Henry who acted as clerk for his father, Lt Butler, a sergeant, a corporal and 18 privates of the 40th Regiment of Foot, ten wives and eight children and Store Keeper/Surgeon Walter Scott. Some of the 29 convicts were volunteers who hoped to be rewarded with ' a ticket of leave ' for their efforts. The Settlement was established between Humpybong Creek, Anzac Avenue and the beachfront. Built with 50 tonnes of bluestones to a design representing the sails of the Amity, the Wall was opened in September 1991. The monument also honours the first inhabitants the Ningy Ningy clan of the Undambi tribe.

The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia
The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat,  Victoria, Australia
The memorial consists of the obelisk and two headstones - the nearest headstone to the obelisk, remembers the 40th while the farthest away remembers the fallen of the 12th Regiment.

The Obelisk was erected by the State of Victoria in 1879, and bears the inscriptions - 
In this place with other soldiers and civilians of the military camp then in Ballaarat were buried the remains of the British soldiers Henry Christopher Wise Captain, Michael Roney and Joseph Wall, Privates of the 40th Regiment and William Webb, Felix Boyle and John Hall, Privates of the 12th Regiment who fell dead or fatally wounded at the Eureka Stockade in brave devotion to duty on Sunday, 3rd December 1854 whilst
 attacking a band of aggrieved diggers in arms against what they regarded as a tyrannous administration. Not far west from this spot lie the remains of some of the diggers who fell in their courageous but misdirected endeavour to secure the freedom which soon afterwards came in the form of manhood suffrage and constitutional government.
The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia
The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia
The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, AustraliaThe Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat,  Victoria, AustraliaThe Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia


The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia
The headstone to the 40th Regiment reads -
Sacred to the memory of Captain Henry Christopher Wise of Her Majesty's 40th Regiment of Foot who died on the 21st Dec 1854, aged 26 years, of wounds received while in the execution of his duty on the morning of the 3rd of the same month.
Tho the memory of Privates Michael Roney and Joseph Wall of the 40th Regiment who gallantly fighting were killed on the same day. 
The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia
The headstone to the 12th Regiment reads -
To the memory of Captain G.R. Littlehales 12th Regiment who died February 12th 1855 aged 29 years and 9 months
also of Privates William Webb and Felix Boyle who died from the affects of gunshot wounds received in discharge of duty on the 3rd December 1854 also of Private John Hall who died December 31st 1854.
Please note that Captain Littlehales did not participate in Eureka but his memorial has been combined with those soldiers of the 12th who died at Eureka.
The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia
The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia
The Soldier's Memorial, Ballarat Victoria, Australia 

Paterangi NZ Wars memorial
Paterangi NZ Wars memorial
Six British troops were killed at Waiari:
privates John McDoole, Michael Cahill, Henry Blake and George Cooper of the 40th Regiment,
and James Cussen and William Bane of the 50th Regiment.
Heaphy was among the eight men wounded. European reports of Māori casualties vary considerably; between 20 and 40 are said to have been killed. Two wounded Māori were taken prisoner.
  Waitara War Memorial
Waitara 40th Regiment NZ Wars memorial
Erected by the N Z Government in 1915
Left Side:
SERGT O'CALLAGHAN                                     CORPL SAMUEL MCBURNEY
CORP. DAVID VAHEY                                         " EDWARD RYAN           
PATRICK BRODERICK                                      THOMAS DUMPHEY
WM HICKEY                                                     J. DOUGLAS
WALTER SCOTT                                               PATRICK FAGAN
JOHN DOWNES                                                SAMUEL ALROY
W.F. PERRY                                                     JAMES GORE
JOHN WEBBER                                                JOHN FILLINGHAM
WM HAYES                                                      H. E. MARTYN
T BRYNE                                                          J. ALLEN
ARCHIBALD MCCANN                                      PETER MCCABE
WM CLIFF                                                        EDW. G. HARRIS
T. GILL                                                             GEO MARSDEN
WM MARKHAM                                                FRANCIS ROBINSON
Short: NP
Right Side:

 Lieut. Brooke and 40th Regiment, Waitara 1860
Lieut. Brooke and 40th Regiment, Waitara 1860
Brooke's body and many of the other 40th Regiment soldiers were not recovered from the Puketakauere battlefield. They were buried by Maori.
Lieut. Brooke and 40th Regiment, Waitara 1860
WHO FELL IN ACTION IN FRONT OF HUIRANGI 25TH JAN. 1861    (Jackson is buried at St Mary's )

Pokeno NZ Wars memorial
Pokeno NZ Wars memorial
Reverse face:
In memory of the brave who fell in the Maori War 1863–64
& were here laid to rest
40th Regt Pte Charles Roberts  
40th Regt  Pte C. Johnston
40th Regt Pte Bryan Flannery       
40th Regt   Pte Patrick Gibboney
Pokeno NZ Wars memorial65th Regt Sergt Stephen Grace            
65th Regt Corpl Henry Chiverton
65th Regt Corpl John Frost                  
65th Regt Pte Robert Bellringer
Forest Rangers Pte John Ballenden      
Hospital Corps Pte John Howard

Transport Corps Pte J. Brown


Pokeno NZ Wars memorial 








Rangiriri NZ Wars army memorial

Rangiriri NZ Wars army memorial

Front face A:
Sacred  to  the memory  of  officers & men  who fell at the  battle  of Rangariri  in the  New Zealand War  20th Novr. 1863






Rangiriri NZ Wars army memorial

Face C:
40th Regt.
Ensign. A. Ducrow
Pte. E. Lauchlan
Pte. E. Barber
Pte. E. Hone
Pte. J. Daley
Pte. E. Goldsborough
Pte. J. McNalley
Pte. J. Jones



St John's Church NZ Wars memorial
St John's Church NZ Wars memorialSt John's Church NZ Wars memorial

Old St John’s Church, on Arawata Street in Te Awamutu, is Waikato’s oldest surviving building. Constructed in 1853, it was originally part of a Church Missionary Society (CMS) mission station which had been established near Ōtāwhao pā in 1841.




Honour board

Sacred to the memory / of the soldiers who died during the Maori / War and were buried in this churchyard A.D. 1864–5

  • Surgeon R. Gillingham
  • Ensign Alf. Chaytor
  • Lieut & Adj. A.W. Lewis
  • Horatio Alexander
  • William Hawkins
  • Charles Tuck
  • Charles Askew
  • James Butler
  • John Leckie
  • Mich. Bellane
  • Thos. Traynor
  • Hugh Cassidy
  • Chas. Coglan
  • J. Ollington
  • Will’m Taylor
  • Jn. Armstrong
  • J. Barnett
  • Hugh Duncan
  • Thomas Harmon
  • Will’m Lawson
  • Thos. Maskell
  • C. Whitfield
  • Mich. Staunton
  • John O’Donnell
  • James Cox 40th
  • James Ford
  • Jn. C. Brown
  • Richard Jackson
  • C. Thomas
  • James Hall Ede
  • Jn. Bennett
  • Gottlieb Dietrich
  • Thos. Hill
  • Levi Summerhaye 40th
  • Roderick Campbell
  • John O’Brien

St John's Church NZ Wars memorialCox headboard

Sacred  to the  memory  of  James Cox  40th Regt.  who died 11th April. From wounds  received in action at Orakau,  2nd April 1864.  Aged 37 years.

Cox, a private in the 40th Regiment, died from wounds he received in action at Ōrākau. According to the casualty lists, Cox died on 6 April; however, the headboard gives his date of death as 11 April.


Summerhayes, also a private in the 40th, died on 29 March 1865 of causes unknown


Ohawe NZ Wars memorial

Ohawe NZ Wars memorial

The cairn commemorates 45 imperial and colonial servicemen who died in south Taranaki during the second half of the 1860s.

It lists the names of 19 men buried in the cemetery and acknowledges seven others ‘now lost to memory’.

Many of these men were killed in the battle of Otapawa, the most notable engagement of Major-General Trevor Chute’s West Coast campaign. A combined force of imperial, colonial and kūpapa (pro-government Māori) attack the strongly fortified Otapawa pā, which stood on the Tangahoe River about 8 km east of present-day Hāwera, on 13 January 1866

Ohawe NZ Wars memorial

Inscriptions - Front face:

Somebodys sons / lest they also are forgotten

57th Regt
Sergt. Fred Day aged 26
[Sergeant] John Sullivan [aged] 30
Corpl. W. Noble [aged] 38 Privt. Joseph Mater [aged] 36
[Private] Robt. Doake [aged] 24
Privt. George Ring aged 29
[Private] Hugh McGregor [aged] 29
[Private] John Laverly [aged] 30
[Private] John Manning [aged 29]
[Private] John Moran [aged] 28

2nd Battn. 14th Regt
Sergt. John Fox aged 29
Privt. John Whelan aged 37
40th Regt.
Privt. John Harvey aged 26

Wanganui Yeomanry
Sergt. M. Duff aged 28
Trumpt. John Foyston [aged] 14
Privt. T.U. Wright aged 25
[Private] Aricales Economedes 30

3rd Waikato Regt

Privt. John Harvey aged 47
Vol. U. Wright aged 24.

Also seven others, names now lost to memory. / Most of the above were killed or mortally wound / -ed at the capture of Otapawa Pa, January 13th 1866.


 Photos of the 40th Regiment  in Victoria, Australia


40th Regiment Band 1852 - 1860
Military Band of the 40th Regiment of Foot
1852 - 1860
Photo courtesy of the State Library of Victoria
Band Sergeant J. W. Hartigan of the 40th Regiment of Foot
1852 - 1860
Photo courtesy of the State Library of Victoria
Victoria Barracks - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Victoria Barracks - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia built by the 40th Regiment of Foot

Photos of the 40th Regiment  in New Zealand during the Maori Wars
Camp of the 40th Regiment at Baird’s farm, Ramarama New Zealand
Camp of the 40th Regiment, Imperial Forces, at Baird’s farm, Ramarama (south of Drury), South Auckland, photographed in 1863 or 1864 by William Temple.
Construction of the Great South Road had begun in January 1862. Each regiment was responsible for a section of the road, on which every available soldier was deployed. On average 1700 men worked on the road each
Non-Commissioned Officers of the 40th Regiment in New Zealand
Non-Commis​sioned Officers of the 40th Regiment in New Zealand 
Officers of the 40th Regiment (1863–4) in New Zealand

Officers of the 40th Regiment (1863–4)

With the regimental mess-house in the background

 Te Awamutu part of the camp of the 40th Regiment
Te Awamutu Fortified Camp
The Redoubt at the Bridge Over the Mangahoe Stream
With part of the camp of the 40th Regiment at Te Awamutu in the background. The Redoubt Reserve at the junction of Mutu and Mangapiko Streets marks the site of this camp.
The British Redoubt and Camp at Te Awamutu (1864–5).
The British Redoubt and Camp at Te Awamutu (1864–5).
Village hospital with Imperial force soldiers of the 12th and 40th regiments, Otahuhu, August 1863
The camp at Otahuhu
Photograph taken from across the river to the camp at Otahuhu with the mess marquee, the photograph owner's tent, and the tents of the 14th, 40th and 70th Regiments indicated. Soldiers can be seen standing in front of two wooden shelters in the middle ground.


 Soldiers of the 40th of Foot

 Major Arthur Rowley Heyland
Major Arthur Rowley HEYLAND - Killed WATERLOO - 18th June 1815

A monument was erected at Mont-Saint-Jean.
Memorial at Bangor Cathedral - "Sacred to the memory of Arthur Rawley Heyland of Ballin Temple, in the county of Londonderry,
Major in the 40th Regiment of Foot who closed a life of private excellence and professional honour in the glorious victory of Waterloo, June 18th 1815 in the 34th year of his age. He was the second son of Rowley Heyland of Glen Oak, Co. Antrim, Ireland."

Colonel Sempronius Stretton
Colonel Sempronius Stretton CB (1781–1842)
Lieutenant Stretton served under Colonel Isaac Brock, who selected him to act as his aide-de-camp in Canada
He was promoted to a company in the 40th Regiment circa 1804 . He returned to England and undertook duties in the recruiting service 
In 1812, Captain Stretton sailed for Lisbon, where he met his brother Severus , then an ensign in the 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) and the two brothers proceeded to join the army under Lord Wellington. Captain Stretton’s first engagement with the enemy was at the Battle of Vittoria, 21 June 1813.

On 28 July 1813, Captain Stretton received the thanks of Lord Wellington, conveyed to him through William V, Prince of Orange, for the gallant defence made by the 40th, under his command, supported by two Portuguese regiments, in defending the position on the heights before Pampeluna. For this he was awarded the Army Gold Medal, and received the brevet rank of major. His account of his leadership in defending the heights of Pampeluna were included in the history of the regiment.

He was present
in the numerous actions with the enemy which ended with the battle of Toulouse, 10 April 1814. When the army was withdrawn from France, he accompanied it to New Orleans in 1814, and nearly lost his life when shipwrecked in the Baring transport in Bantry Bay on 10 October 1814. From Cork, Major Stretton sailed in the Wellington transport, and arrived on the Mississippi River on 9 January 1815.
The troops returned to Portsmouth, and the 40th, with other regiments, proceeded to Flanders, and joined the army assembled near Brussels, in time to share in the memorable victory of Waterloo, during which he had a horse killed. On their arrival of the Allies in Paris, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, in acknowledgment of Major Stretton’s services, appointed him commandant of the 15th arrondissement of Paris. He was awarded the silver medal for services at Waterloo.

On 21 June 1817 he obtained the brevet rank of Lieutenant-Colonel for special services.

On the corps being ordered to
New South Wales, he retired on half-pay and spent several years travelling in Europe, returning occasionally to Lenton. Colonel Stretton was given a Companionship of the Order of the Bath
Colonel Stretton died at Croydon on 6 February 1842, and was buried in St Peter and St Paul, Bromley, in Kent

Lieutenant-Colonel Severus William Lynam Stretton
Lieutenant-Colonel Severus William Lynam Stretton ( 1783 – 1884)

Lieutenant-Colonel Stretton, in 1848, exchanged to his brother Sempronius’s old regiment, the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot, of which he retained the command until June, 1852. He was awarded the Military General Service Medal and was also in receipt of a pension for wounds.

He retired in 1852 from active service, but three years later was appointed to the command of the Hampshire Artillery Militia, which he held until 1868, when he retired at the age of 75.


Colour-Serjeant John Lucas
Colour-Serjeant John Lucas
Awared the Victoria  Cross
London Gazette 19th July 1861:
for Maori Wars - 18th March 1861
Near Huirangi, Taranaki New Zealand
On the 18th of March, 1861, Colour-Serjeant Lucas acted as Serjeant of a party of the 40th Regiment, employed as skirmishers to the right of No. 7, Redoubt, and close to the Huirangi Bush, facing the left of the positions occupied by the natives. At about 4 o'clock P.M., a very heavy and well-directed fire was suddenly opened upon them from the Bush, and the high ground on the left. Three men being wounded simultaneously, two of them mortally, assistance was called for in order to have them carried to the rear: a file was immediately sent, but had scarcely arrived, when one of them fell, and Lieutenant Rees was wounded at the same time. Colour-Serjeant Lucas, under a very heavy fire from the rebels, who were not more than thirty yards distant, immediately ran up to the assistance of this Officer, and sent one man with him to the rear. He then took charge of the arms belonging to the killed and wounded men, and maintained his position until the arrival of supports under Lieutenants Gibson and Whelan.
Capt. H. C. Ryder paymaster of the 40th Regiment
Capt. H. C. Ryder paymaster of the 40th Regiment in New Zealand

Medals of Private William Rawling of H.M.40th of Foot
 H.M.40th of Foot)William Rawling  Maharajpoor Star  Reverse of the Maharajpoor Star  Punniar Star  Reverse of Punniar Star