History of the 46th Regiment
1848 - 1854

In July, 1848, the regiment proceeded to Liverpool, and afterwards marched into camp at Everton. On the 29th of September, the head- quarters were removed to Chester, and December proceeded to Liverpool.

On the 16th of April, 1850, the head-quarters and four companies proceeded from Liverpool to Hull. In June of the following year, the regiment proceeded to Preston, and in March of the following year, to Manchester. In July of 1852 the regiment embarked for service in Ireland, being stationed initially in Belfast, and latterly (from March, 1853) in Dublin and Kilkenny (December, 1853), before returning to England in May, 1854. After a brief few weeks at Weedon, the regiment settled into barracks at Windsor in June.

A major scandal relating to the bullying of junior officers by their seniors broke out at around this time, and the departure of the regiment for the Crimea was delayed by the courts martial on Lieutenants Perry and Greer.

The following passage is taken from "The Murder of a Regiment," by Major Colin Robins (Withycut House, 1994).

"Excessive 'ragging', to the point of bullying, of one officer by his colleagues was unfortunately not unknown in the Victorian army and Perry, goaded repeatedly by Greer, eventually attacked his tormentor with a silver candlestick. His Court Martial followed, but from the first day, to the irritation of the court, there was intense public interest in the case, and The Times gave a full report of proceedings, and printed several very critical leading articles. The case became a cause celebre. A defence fund was set up for Perry, for the public view was that he was not the villain of the piece, and Greer was also then court-martialled. The Queen did not confirm the proceedings, and despite public outrage at the perceived injustice, Perry was then court- martialled on another charge. Finally both officers were required to...leave the regiment."

Perry was cashiered but was allowed to sell his commission; Greer was 'requested' to sell out.

The Courts Martial, and the hypocrisy and snobbery of many of the officers in the regiment which became public as a result of them, ruined the reputation of the regiment almost overnight.

Perry, having left the regiment, moved to Paris and lived a life of debauchery on the proceeds of the public appeal for his defence. The regiment was probably very glad to be rid of him.

Other Sources of Information

Timeline covering the 32nd and 46th Regiments and the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 1702-1997.

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