12th Regiment of Foot

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  • 1685 raised as Duke of Norfolk's Regiment of Foot
  • 1751 became 12th Regiment of Foot
  • 1752 became the 12th (the East Suffolk) Regiment of Foot
  • 1758 2nd Battalion redesignated as 65th (2nd Yorkshire, North Riding) Regiment of Foot
  • 1881 became The Suffolk Regiment
  • 1959 amalgamated with the 1st Battalion The Royal Norfolk Regiment and became 1st Battalion, 1st East Anglian Regiment (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk)
  • 1964 amalgamated with the three other remaining regiments of the East Anglian Brigade and became 1st Battalion (Royal Norfolk and Suffolk) East Anglian Brigade


4th Mysore War

The 12th Regiment of Foot first embarked for the East Indies in June 1796 on board the East Indiamen "Rockingham", "Lord Hawkesbury", "Airlie Castle" and "Melville Castle". They were convoyed by the frigate "Fox". Lists of the officers and men of the regiment that boarded these ships have been transcribed from the ships' logs held at the British Library and put online on the fibis search website. Wives that accompanied the men are also listed.

The regiment arrived in Madras in January 1797 and remained in India until 1810. During its time in India the regiment saw action in the 4th Mysore War taking part in the Battle of Seringapatam 1799 on the 4th May 1799.

Afghan War

The regiment embarked again for India from Ireland in July 1864 aboard the "Alnwick Castle", "Trafalgar", Calcutta" and "Alquis". The First Battalion saw action in the 2nd Afghan War from 1878-80.

From 1864 to 1907 the Suffolk Regiment always had at least one battalion serving in India. In St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds, there is a brass plaque commemorating the 266 officers and men of the Second Battalion who died in India from 1864 to 1878.

World War II

The Suffolk Regiment were also in India during World War II.

FIBIS resources

British Library holdings

  • The 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment with brief historical account of the services of the regiment. Photographs by Fred Bremner. Published in Quetta by Fred Bremner, 1899.
This is a photographic album produced by the photographer Fred Bremner, one of four known photographic albums of British Army Regiments in the North-West of India which he published in Quetta and Lahore in the early 1900s. As an indication, that for the 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment consists of a brief History of 20 pages followed by 38 full page printed photographs.[1]

Suffolk Regiment Archive

The Suffolk Regiment Archives are held at the Suffolk Record Office in Bury St Edmunds.

An index of individuals listed in the "Suffolk Regimental Gazette" held at the Bury St Edmunds branch of Suffolk Record Office is also being put online on the FIBIS search site.

Death by duel at Arnee, December 1798

Colonel Henry Hervey Aston died 23 December 1798, at Arnee, Madras Presidency, a week after being shot in a duel by fellow officer Major James Allen


External Links

Historical books online

History of the 12th (the Suffolk) Regiment 1685-1913 by Lieutenant-Colonel E.A.H. Webb 1914 Archive.org



  1. www.iberlibro.com, webpage no longer available