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Date: 1824 to 1881
Location: Manchester, Englandmap
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96th Regiment of Foot - (1824)

1824–1832: Lt-Gen. Sir Joseph Fuller, GCH
He was appointed colonel of the 95th (Derbyshire) foot at its formation in January 1824; was made a knight bachelor 1826, G.C.H. in 1827
The regiment embarked for Halifax, Nova Scotia in summer 1824, transferred to Bermuda in 1825 and then returned to Halifax in 1828 before embarking for home in 1835. Between July 1840 and August 1841, it provided detachments for convict ships sailing to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land and Western Australia.
1832–1834: Lt-Gen. Sir Lionel Smith, 1st Baronet, GCB, GCH
He was made Colonel of the 96th Regiment of Foot from 1832 to 1834 and later of the 40th Regiment of Foot from 1837 for life.
1834–1839: Lt-Gen. Sir William Thornton, KCB (British Army officer)
Promoted to major-general on 27 May 1825, Thornton became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey in 1830. He was promoted further to lieutenant-general on 28 June 1838.
1839–1852: Gen. Sir Lewis Grant, KCH (colonial administrator)
On 13 September 1831, Grant was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order and Knight Bachelor, appointed to the colonelcy of the 96th Regiment of Foot on 9 April 1839 and awarded an honorary MA from Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1847.
1852–1855: Lt-Gen. Charles Edward Conyers, CB
1855–1860: Gen. Mildmay Fane
1860–1863: Gen. George Macdonald
1863–1866: Maj-Gen. Sir Charles Warren, KCB
1866–1869: Gen. Hon. Sir Augustus Almeric Spencer, GCB
1869–1872: Lt-Gen. George Thomas Conolly Napier, CB
1872–1877: Lt-Gen. Thomas Crombie
1877–1881: Gen. Thomas Maitland Wilson

Post 1818

In 1824 the unit was reformed and was raised at Manchester, allowed to carry the Battle Honours of Peninsular, Egypt and the Sphinx, and was sent straight to Halifax, Nova Scotia. It then saw service in the West Indies.
In 1836 it returned to Great Britain and was stationed in the south of England. Detachments of the unit were used to escort Convict to the Australian colonies. The unit deployed to Australia in 1841 and fought in the Maori Wars between 1844-1847.

Following extensive service in India, in 1881, in accordance with the Childers Reforms, the regiment merged with the 63rd Regiment of Foot to form the 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

96th Regiment of Foot

1824.01.28 - 96th Regiment of Foot (raised at Manchester)

1824 England
1824 Nova Scotia Halifax
1825 West Indies Bermuda
1828 Nova Scotia Halifax
1835 England the south of England.
1836 Ireland
1839 England
1839 Colony of New South Wales : convict ships (and VDL - )
Lt Col Loftus Francis Jones (1796 - 1853) (1840-1849, Van Dieman's Land Garrison)
1844 New Zealand
1847 New Zealand
1849 India
Pre 1818

There were four line infantry regiments were raised and disbanded between 1761 and 1818 numbered 96th.

The first regiment was raised in c1760, for service in India, and disbanded in 1763.

A second regiment, the 96th (British Musketeers) Regiment, was raised in April 1780 under Colonel Richard Whyte and disbanded in 1784.
It was stationed in Ireland and saw service in the Channel Islands after Spain declared War on Britain.

A third regiment, the 96th (The Queen's Royal Irish) Regiment was formed in 1793 and dispersed in 1798.

In 1798 a Regiment called "The Minorca Regiment" was recruited from German-speaking prisoners of war, formerly in Spanish service and took part in the Egyptian campaigns of the early 19th Century.
In 1802, a new 96th Foot was formed from the 2nd Battalion 52nd Foot.
In 1816 this regiment was renumbered the 95th Foot (thus replacing the existing 95th Foot which became styled the Rifle Brigade).
By 1816 the regiment was renumbered the 96th (Queen's Own Germans) Regiment of Foot.
The unit was disbanded in Ireland in 1818.


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