Comesford Infantry

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Origin and History

The regiment was raised on 13 November 1709 by John de Comesford from a regiment of the Army of James II previously commanded by Colonels Dorrington and Roth.

During the War of the Spanish Succession, the regiment was under the command of:

  • from 13 November 1709: Colonel John de Comesford

According to a regulation issued on 19 February 1717, the regiment was renamed “Waterford”.

The regiment was disbanded in 1733.

Service during the War

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Uniform

Initially, uniforms seem to have been white, similar to those of the Spanish infantry.

Privates

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Officers

Uniforms of officers differed from those of privates and NCOs by the finer material used. Their waistcoat, saddle cloth and housings were edged with a wide golden braid.

In the infantry, officers wore a silver or gold gorget and a spontoon.

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • colonel: a baton with a gold knob
  • lieutenant-colonel: a baton with a silver knob
  • sargento mayor: a baton with a silver topped knob
  • captain: baton as worn under the reign of the Habsburg
  • lieutenant: baton as worn under the reign of the Habsburg
  • sub-lieutenant: baton with a horn band and a silver ring

NCOs

The regulation of 30 December 1704 specified the distinctive of each military rank:

  • sergeant : baton without knob and halberd
  • mariscal de logis (quartermaster): small white woolen epaulette
  • brigadier: swagger stick
  • corporal of squadron: swagger stick
  • second corporal of squadron (rank suppressed in 1706): swagger stick

Musicians

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Colours

The colonel colour was identical to those of the Spanish infantry.

References

Boletin de la Agrupacion de Miniaturistas Militares de España

Dragonas

Acknowledgement

Jean-Pierre Loriot for the initial version of this article