Brief History of the 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot
The Ninth were an infantry regiment in the British
Army, and were the ninth most senior Regiment
of Infantry (Guards excluded). They were initially
raised in response to Monmouth’s rebellion in 1685.
During the Napoleonic wars the Regiment was at the
forefront of the fighting and gained the name, “the
fighting ninth” or the “holy boys” from the Britannia
badge on the crossbelts being mistaken for the virgin
Mary, by the Spanish and Portuguese.
The Regiment gained the following battle
honours: Rolica, Vimiera, Corunna, Busaco,
Salamanca,Vittoria, San Sebastian, Nive and
Peninsula, they also fought at numerous smaller
The 1st Battalion was commanded by Lt. Colonel
Cameron following the death of Lt. Colonel Stuart
at Rolica. They buried Sir John Moore, the army
commander at Corunna and were the first to fight
their way into France. They formed part of the army
commanded by Sir Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke
The 9th of Foot served this country with distinction
from its foundation in 1685 and continues to do so
as part of the Royal Anglian Regiment today.
We focus on the regiment’s exploits in the Peninsular campaign (1808-1814) where they earned nine battle honours before departing to Canada to fight in the War of 1812 (1812-1814).