Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers)
The 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers), christened
the "Devils Own" by General Picton. The 88th
earned a fearsome reputation for themselves in the Peninsular for
their devastating bayonet charges and hand-to-hand fighting
capabilities. We reproduce some of their Peninsular exploits on our history
Our club has resurrected the spirit of the old 88th
and portrays the
1st and 2nd Battalions of the regiment as they would have appeared on
campaign in 1812.
Battalion was formed in 1997 and the 1st
Battalion got under
way in Sligo in the west of Ireland in 2002. Who says the Irish do
As a "campaign"
regiment we do not therefore require as much "spit and polish" as some
other units but we are aiming to build a first rate display unit and look for commitment and the right
attitude towards safety.
formed in 1997 but thanks to commercial sponsorship have grown very
quickly and have staged our own major UK events at Farnham Castle -
see photo gallaries. We have developed excellent relations with the Army Benevolent
Fund which is our adopted charity and are regularly invited to social
functions at the Officers Mess in Aldershot.
has been honoured to be asked to provide musket drill displays in the
grounds of Garrison Officers Mess for the annual Army charity dinner
were of course the "most Irish, of all the Irish regiments"
but you donít have to be Irish to join our "parcel of
lads", just so long as youíve either kissed an Irish girl or
drunk a pint of Guinness (or know someone who has...).
women in the ranks and welcome family membership. We are particularly
keen to attract musicians of all kinds and a good fiddle player would
not go thirsty.
owns sufficient spare uniforms and equipment to assist new members to
get started and to provide a comprehensive living history encampment
when on campaign. We train every month and our social calendar is
guaranteed to keep the "Craic Fierce".