The West India Regiments in the Anglo-Ashanti War, 1873-74

Timeline of the West India Regiments

A timeline of key dates in the formation of, and changes to, the West India Regiments
1795–98 First eight West India Regiments formed
1798 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th West India Regiments formed
1802 Mutiny of the 8th West India Regiment in Dominica; as a result the regiment is disbanded

9th, 10th and 12th West India Regiments disbanded; 11th West India Regiment renumbered as 8th West India Regiment
1808 Mutiny of part of the 2nd West India Regiment in Jamaica
1814 6th West India Regiment present at the burning of Washington DC
1815 1st and 5th West India Regiments fight in the Battle of New Orleans
1816 7th and 8th West India Regiments disbanded

1st West India Regiment helps to suppress a slave revolt in Barbados
1817 5th and 6th West India Regiments disbanded
1817–19 4th West India Regiment posted to Gibraltar, the only European posting of a West India Regiment.

Regiment disbanded in Sierra Leone in 1819
1820 2nd West India Regiment joins the Rio Pongo expedition, first active service in Africa
1823 2nd West India Regiment on active service in the Gold Coast
1825 3rd West India Regiment disbanded
1831 1st West India Regiment on active service in the Gambia
1837 Mutiny of part of the 1st West India Regiment in Trinidad
1840 3rd West India Regiment re-formed
1850s Increased involvement of all West India Regiments in the Gold Coast, Gambia and Sierra Leone
1862 4th West India Regiment re-formed
1863 5th West India Regiment re-formed
1865 5th West India Regiment disbanded

1st West India Regiment helps to suppress the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica
1866 Samuel Hodge from the 4th West India Regiment is awarded the Victoria Cross in the Gambia
1869 4th West India Regiment disbanded
1870 3rd West India Regiment disbanded
1870s 1st and 2nd West India Regiment on active service in the Gold Coast against the Ashanti
1888 1st and 2nd West India Regiment merged to form a single regiment
1892 William Gordon is awarded the Victoria Cross on campaign in the Gambia
1914–18 West India Regiment sees active service in Cameroon, East Africa and Palestine during World War One
1927 West India Regiment disbanded

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