The 49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment landed on the 27th
August and although the landing was opposed elsewhere they landed in relative
safety. An order from Horse Guards dated 9th August gives some
insight into the planning……… General Order dated 9th August
The different Corps will take the earliest opportunity of
drying their camp equipage and will expose it to the wind as much as possible. In
the event of disembarkation the troops are to draw up on the quarterdeck and
move by single files to get into the boats, handling arms to a man on the side
of a ship. When a soldier is in the boat his firelock is to be given him and he
immediately takes his seat. When ordered by the Petty Officer, silence must be
vigorously observed, none but an officer to speak, in a loud voice. Arms are not
to be loaded until on shore, as no firing is to be made from the boats. When the
flat boats takes the ground, the men in front leap out, all following, and
instantly form fronting the enemy.
They load by divisions, who may have landed and formed, detached bodies will
join the main body instantly. The troops to take two days provisions ready
cooked, water in their canteens and their greatcoats. Ships and vessels having
the same regiments on board are to keep together, also those having the same
Brigade to keep together, each Regiment to distinguish its boats by their camp
colours. The boats of the same regiment to assemble together and keep so.
Major GLEGG of the 49th later said, We carried the heights
by 1 pm, very hard fighting on the right till between 4 and 5 pm, when the enemy
retreated before our victorious troops and were soon afterwards out of sight. On
the same evening, the Helder with its several forts was evacuated by the enemy.
The Texl Island surrendered on the 28th . On the 30th, eight Dutch
ships of the line, three frigates and one cutter under the command of Admiral
STOREY, surrendered to the English fleet commanded by General MITCHELL.
From this date and the 2nd October the 49th were
engaged in Marching, Picquiting and skirmishing.
On the 2nd October the Brunt of the fighting
fell on the forth and Sixth Brigades, under Sir John MOORE, and Sir Ralph
The position was attacked by the troops in columns with the
49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment in the right hand column which comprised the
Brigades of D’Oyley, Moore, and Lord Cavan. To the left of this column were
8000 Russians, and beyond them Dundas with three Brigades, and on his left PULTENEY with the remaining three British Brigades and some
The Right hand column (Containing the 49th (Hertfordshire)
Regiment) was directed on Egmont – op – Zee partly along the beach and
partly through the sand dunes which rose very steeply on its East. The terrain
caused many problems with the formation conastly getting separated. The Scrub
ahead of the advancing troops provided excellent cover for the French
Sharpshooters.. It is recorded that the big men of the Grenadiers of the Line
(Mostly Ex Militia men) found the advance over the sand very heavy going.
Confusion reigned and at one time it was necessary fir the 1st Foot
together with the 49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment to cover the flanks of the 25th
and 79th Regiments. After about six hours of fighting and marching,
ABERCROMBYS Column, which had started at 6 Am., was within a mile of Egmont –
op – Zee. MOORES Column was somewhat disordered by the nature of the country
but the Regiments closed with the enemy, for the next hour there was a fierce
and confused struggle hand to hand between the men of both sides, now broken up
into small bodies and fighting a real ‘Soldiers Battle’ Even fists were
resorted to, and it became a question of whose strength would last longest in
this fight on unstable sand, where it was difficult to maintain a firm footing
or effectively use a bayonet at the end of the clumsy heavy musket of the day.
Both sides had fought themselves to a standstill, with the
British coming out on top. The Battalion remained in this area until the 7th
October when they evacuated Alkmaar and fell back to their old lines in rear of
On October the 19th An Armistice was agreed
between the Allied and French Army. The expeditionary force then embarked for
England and the 49th (Hertfordshire) Regiment reached Yarmouth on October 27th.
The Battalions Causalities were 2 Officers Killed, 5
Wounded, 31 O.R.s killed and 50 Wounded.