Porthcawl welcomes a Napoleonic regiment

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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To mark the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo the 41st Regiment of Foot Society visited the Porthcawl Museum on Saturday, June 17, and proved to be a very popular attraction, resulting in record visitor numbers.

Also on display at the museum was an original Waterloo campaign medal.

Formed at the end of June 2002 in south Wales by a group of experienced Napoleonic re-enactors, the 41st Regt Foot aim to portray this fine regiment as they would have been during the early 19th century and the War of 1812.

During this period, the 41st Foot was based in Canada and took part in many of the key battles of the war.

Working alongside the Regimental museum in Cardiff Castle and with help from an established group of re-enactors based in Canada, this society aims to highlight, to the public at large, what life was like for the British soldier during this often overlooked conflict.

The 41st boasts a full living history campsite, and works together with other re-enactment societies to present battle re-enactments and drill displays for the public.

This can be anything from a small skirmish up to a full-scale battle involving artillery barrages and cavalry charges.

As with all societies, they are always looking for new recruits who wish to take the Kings Shilling; they welcome all members of the family and anyone can take part in this exciting and unusual pastime.

The museum look forward to inviting them back very soon .

Photographs by David Swidenbank (www.thedogphotographerwales.com)

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