Essex Regiment, Essex Yeomanry plus predecessors in Militia, 44th East Essex & 56th West Essex Regiments of Foot

By virtue of its geographical position in respect of the seat of power in London and foreign enemies in Europe, Essex has long been regarded as an important military area for armed units and military bases.

The 44th East Essex and 56th West Essex Regiments of Foot were well known regular army units taking part in many of the campaigns that forged the British Empire.

These regular units were backed up by local militia and volunteer rifles, artillery and engineer units until 1880 when a reform on the armed services saw the birth of the Essex Regiment.

The Marshland web site, Essex Regiment, covers all aspects of Essex Military up to the end of the Great War.

The main focus is the Essex Regiment and the Essex Yeomanry plus its predecessors the 44th East Essex Regiment and the 56th West Essex Regiment with additional information on a variety of Essex Militia and Volunteer Groups going back to the English Civil War.

Other factors like the effect of war on the Essex Population and back up facilities like the VAD Hospitals are also covered.

As many of the visitors to this site will be people trying to find out about their Essex Military ancestors a series of useful guides to Essex Military research are included.

As there are already some great web sites like the Long Long Trail which deal in a detailed way with campaigns, this site in not aiming to repeat their work but will concentrate on the family history aspect with the names, stories and everyday life of many of the men and officers who served Essex so well.

Much of the information on this site is locally researched in Essex and is not found elsewhere of the web.

Click here to visit the website.