Caris Infantry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised in 1703 as per a treaty signed on 15 March between the British and Dutch governments providing for an Augmentation Force of 20,000 men to be financed half by the States General and half by Great Britain. The regiment formed part of the Walloon contingent raised from Liège ("Luikerwalen"). It was in Dutch pay and had a strength of 13 companies of 61 men each.

Since its creation, the successive colonels of the regiment were:

  • from 1703 to 1713: Henry de Caris

The regiment was dismissed on 19 April 1713.

Service during the War

In December 1703, the regiment took up its winter-quarters in Wert.

By 27 May 1704, the regiment was part of the large force assembled by Field-Marshal Nassau-Ouwerkerk near Houtain.

In June and July 1706, the regiment was at the siege of Ostend.

On 1708, the regiment took part in the Siege of Lille where it lost more than 250 men, being reduced to only 220 men.

From July to September 1709, the regiment was at the Siege of Tournai. On 11 September, it took part in the Battle of Malplaquet, where it formed part of Fechenbach's Brigade. In September and October, it was at the Siege of Mons.

In September 1710, the regiment took part in the Siege of Saint-Venant.

In 1711, the regiment served in Flanders under Prince Eugène de Savoie. In July, it took part in the Siege of Bouchain.


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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 20, 1705-1706. Introduction

Generaale index op de register van de heeren Staaten van Holland, Vol. 11

Vial, Jean-Louis: Nec Pluribus Impar – Liste ou établissemens de tous les Corps qui composent les 20,000 hommes dont la Reine de Grande Bretagne et les États Généraux sont convenus d'augmenter leurs troupes en 1703

Wijn, J.W.: Het Staatsche Leger, deel 8, drie delen, The Hague, 1956, 1959 and 1964

N.B.: the section Service during the War is partly derived from our articles depicting the various campaigns, battles and sieges.


Jörg Meier for the initial version of this article