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2nd / 40th Foot (Second Somersetshire) Regiment

1823 - 1829 & 1852 - 1860

 

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The Regiments
Known as (nickname)................................................... " The Excellers "
Facings............................................................................ LIGHT BUFF
Braided Lace.................................................................. Gold
Service first tour Australia .............................................1823 - 1829 , Tasmania, Sydney . 1852 - 1860, Victoria, South Australia & Swan River.
Deployment as.................................................................16 detachments of convict guards
Second Tour ...................................................................Sydney; VDL Tasmania ; Victoria, Goldfields, Eureka Stockade December 3rd 1854;  Adelaide
Deployment as...............................................................18 detachments of convict guards
Commanding Officer.....................................................Lieut. Colonel H. Thornton and Valiant
 
 
Surnames of the 40th Regiment soldiers who stayed
Supplied and complied by Paul & Kathryn Lucas
some may have settled
This Regiment began its military term in 1717 but was known only by the names of the Colonels who commanded it. It was not until 1751 that the 40th Regiment became known as a Regiment of the line. In 1782 the Regiments name changed to the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot, this title remained until 1881.
The following is a history of many name changes.
1717.....Known only by the names of the Colonels who commanded.
1751.....40th Regiment of Foot
1782.....40th (Second Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot
1881.....Amalgamated with the 82nd Regiment and became The South Lancashire (Prince of Wales Volunteers)
40th Regiment of Foot- 2nd Somersetshire headed by Captain Matthew Price. Arrived in NSW on 5th November 1852 on board the HMS VULCAN. 
 

 
References
Family Members, Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
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