1815 - From Dundalk the regiment marched to Newry, where it was stationed during the year 1815, - a period memorable in the history of Europe, on account of the return of Boneparte to France, - his overthrow on the field of Waterloo, - and his removal to St. Helena.
1816 - In June 1816, the regiment embarked from Ireland, and proceeded to Portsmouth, where it landed, and was stationed during the summer months at Fort Cumberland. In the autumn it embarked for Jamaica, and arrived at Spanish-town in December.
1817 - The regiment was stationed at Spanish-town, Uppark camp, Stony-hill, and Kingston, in Jamaica, upwards of 5 years, during which period it lost by disease 7 officers, and 356 non-commissioned officers and soldiers.
1822 - Having transferred the men who volunteered to remain in the country to other corps, the regiment embarked from Jamaica in March 1822, and landed at Plymouth in May following.
1824 - The regiment performed garrison duty at Plymouth until the spring of 1824, when it proceeded to Ireland; it was stationed at Cork until October, when it marched to Limerick.
1825 - Leaving Limmerick in 1825, the regiment proceeded to the counties of Roscommon, Leitrim, Longford, and Westmeath.
1826 - In 1826 the head-quarters were established at Athlone, with detachments at various stations in the neighbouring counties.
1827 - The regiment was assembled at Birr, in June 1827, and in July marched to Richmond Barracks, Dublin, where it was divided into 6 service and 4 depot companies; the service companies embarked in October for Liverpool, from whence they proceeded by canal to Fenny Statford, and afterwards marched to Chatham.
1828 - On the 30th of June 1828, the service companies under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel G.E.P. Barlow, embarked from Gravesend for the island of Ceylon where, they arrived in November, and landed at Colombo. Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Barnes inspected the Sixty-First on their arrival at Ceylon, and inserted the following statement, in his own hand-writing, in the Record Book of the regiment : - "Having inspected the Sixty-First Regiment, commanded by Lieut-Colonel Barlow, it affords me much gratification to place upon the Records of the Regiment an expression of my admiration of its appearance and high order, - of the coolness, celerity, and precision, with which it performed the several evolutions, and of its system of interior economy: such a state of things evinces the great ability, assiduity, and perseverance of the commanding officer, and the able support of Major Wolfe and rest of the officers, and is in the highest degree creditable to the non-commissioned officers and soldiers; and greatly enhances the pleasure which I feel in the renewal of my long acquaintance with the Sixty-First Regiment, and adds very materially and essentially to my satisfaction in having it under my command.
E. Barnes, Lieut-General. Colombo, December 18, 1828."
1833 - The depot companies were withdrawn from Ireland in November 1833, and proceeded to Chatham; they returned to Ireland in 1836.
1834 - The service companies remained at Colombo until 16th October 1834, when they embarked for Trincomalee.
1837 - On the 22nd May 1837, the regiment sustained a loss of three officers, viz. Lieutenants Shaw and Harkness and Ensign Walker, who were unfortunately drowned, while on a shooting excursion, by the upsetting of a boat, in a squall off Cottiae. The service companies re-embarked for Colombo in July, and after being inspected by Major-General Sir John Wilson, they marched for Kandy, where they arrived on the 22nd August 1837.
1838 - On the promotion of Colonel Edward Darley to the rank of major-general, on the 28th June 1838, Major Charles Forbes was advanced to the lieutenant-colonelcy, and the command of the service companies devolved on Major Simmonds. While on duty at Kandy, the following order was inserted in the Regimental Record Book, by Lieutenant-General Sir John Wilson, KCB, in his own hand-writing, viz. - "Being on the eve of my departure from Ceylon, I feel much pleasure in adding to the honourable testimonies contained in the regimental records, the expression of my approbation of the general goos conduct and military discipline manifested by the Sixty-First Regiment, during a period of seven years that is has served under my orders, it having been, during a great period of that time, under the command of the present Major-General Darley. It is gartifying to me to be able to state, that at the present half-yearly inspections, after a lapse of so many years, I find the regiment in the same high state of moral and military discipline, in which I had the satisfaction of finding it on my arrival to assume this command, and which had previously called forth the highest eulogiums from my predecessor. To have maintained this character during a period of more than ten years' service in this colony, is a circumstance which cannot but be considered to reflect great credit on the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of this distinguished corps, and will, no doubt, meet with a just appreciation in their own country, to the shores of which (as the regiment is about to return home) I earnestly wish them a speedy and prosperous voyage. I cannot conclude without requesting the present commanding officer, Major Simmonds, to accept my best acknowledgments for the zeal and attention displayed by him in command of the Sixty-First Regiment.
John Wilson, Lieut-General, Commanding the Forces. Kandy, 27th December 1838."
1839 - On the 12th February 1839, the regiment marched to Columbo, preparatorily to its embarkation for England; and on the 3rd March, Her Majesty's troop-ship 'Jupiter' came to anchor in Columbo roads, having on board the service companies of the Ninety-Fifth Regiment, under the command of Colonel James Campbell, intended for the relief of the Sixty-First Regiment; but in consequence of disturbances in India, the embarkation of the regiment was directed to be delayed.
After performing duty in various parts of the island of Ceylon for eleven years, during which period the regiment lost 6 officers and 300 non-commissioned officers and privates, it embarked for England on board Her Majesty's ship 'Jupiter' and the following general order was issued by the General Officer commanding, dated "Head Quarters, Columbo, 22nd October 1839." -
"In taking leave of the Sixty-First Regiment, which will embark to-morrow for England, Major-General Sir Robert Arbuthnot should not do justice to his own feelings, and this distinguished corps, whose gallantry he has so often witnessed in the field, if he did not express the great satisfaction he felt in assuming command of this island, to find at his first and last inspection, that the same excellent system, discipline, steadiness under arms, and interior arrangments existed in time of peacem which had been the means of gaining them so great honour in time of war. In wishing Major Simmonds, the officers and soldiers of the regiment, a prosperous and speedy voyage to England, the major-general must express his warm acknowledgment to the former for the anxious zeal displayed by him while in command of the regiment; to the officers for the able support they have given him, and which is so essential to the well-being of any corps, and to the non-commissioned officers and privates, who merit all the praise he can now bestow, and who, in quitting the colony, leave behind them the regrets and good wishes of all classes, which of itself, after a residence of eleven years, is sufficient proof of the good system, discipline, and general respectability of a corps."
1840 - In consequence of meeting with stress of weather in the British Channel, Her Majesty's ship 'Jupiter' put into the Cove of Cork, on the 4th of March 1840, and was towed over to Southampton, by the steam-frigate 'Cyclops', having on board the depot companies from Ireland. The whole regiment landed at Southampton on the 12th of March, and proceeded by railroad to Winchester; where it was inspected by Major-General the Honourable Sir Hercules Pakenham, commading the South-West district, and subsequently by Lord Hill, the General Commanding in Chief, both of whom were pleased to express their entire approbation of its appearence, discipline, and interior economy. In August following it was removed to Woolwich, and performed the dockyard duties there, and at Deptford, until the summer of the following year.
General the Right Honourable Sir George Hewett, Bart., GCB, died a few days after the arrival of the regiment in England, and Her Majesty was pleased to confer the colonelcy of the Regiment on Major-General Sir John Gardiner, KCB, Deputy Adjutant-General of the Forces.
1841 - In June 1841, the regiment proceeded by railroad to the Northern district, and was detached in the counties of Northumberland, York, and Lancaster. In consequence of reverses sustained by the British troops in Afghanistan, in the winter of 1841, the Sixty-First Regiment was ordered to recruit to the Indian establishment of 1000 rank and file, and to prepare, with the Fifty-Eighth Regiment, to embark for India.
1842 - The successful campaign of the following season, and the withdrawl of the troops from the Affghan territory, occasioned an alteration in the destination of the regiment. In August 1842, 2 companies, under the command of Major Burnside, were called upon by the civil authorities of Halifax, to suppress a formidable and organised riot which broke out in that town: numbers of the rioters had assembled from the adjacent towns, and were so confident in their strength and numbers as to attack a party of the 11 Hussars, several of whom were severely injured. The detachment of the Sixty-First Regiment was fired on by the mob, and Captain Hoey and 5 men were wounded with slugs. The order was given to the Military to fire, when the peace of the town was speedily restored. The owners and occupiers of the mills and other property at Halifax, and in the neighbourhood, conveyed a vote of thanks to Major Burnside for his services on this occasion.
1843 - In March 1843, the regiment was directed to furnish volunteers, 200 men to the 98th Regiment, in China; and the detachment embarked on the 1st of April, at Newcastle-on-Tyne, for Winchester, to join the depot of the 98th Regiment. In the spring of 1843, the regiment proceeded by railway to Carlisle, where it embarked for Ireland, and landed at Dublin on the 6th of April; and was shortly afterwards inspected by Lieutenant-General the Right Honourable Sir Edward Blakeney, Commander of the Forces in Ireland, who was pleased to express his approbation of the appearence of the regiment in the field, and of its conduct in quarters.
On the 3rd June, 5 companies, under the command of Major McLeod, embarked on board of Her Majesty's steamer 'Rhadamanthus' for Waterford, on a particular service: the detachment landed on the following day, and re-inforced the garrison in barracks until the 6th June, when it re-embarked and returned to Dublin. During the stay of the regiment in the garrison of Dublin, Lieutenant-Colonel Forbes died after a protracted illness. This distinguished officer had commanded the Sixty-First Regiment for five year, and by his impartial and temperate exercise of authority, he had rendered himself respected and beloved by all who had the good fortune to serve under his command. Upon his decease, Major Henry Burnside was promoted to the lieutenant-colencly on the 9th May 1843.
In July 1843, the regiment proceeded from Dublin to Limerick, where it is stationed at the commencement of the year 1844, to which period this record of its service is brought.
1844 - On the 20th January 1844, Her Majesty was pleased to remove Lieutenant-General Sir John Gardiner from the Sixty-First to the Fiftieth Regiment, in succession to Lieutenant-General Sir Hudson Lowe, deceased, and to appoint Major-General Sir Jermiah Dickson, KCB, to the colonelcy of the Sixty-First Regiment.
Few regiments have been engaged in services which have called into exercise the moral and physical energies of the officers and soldiers to a greater extent than the duties in which the Sixty-First Regiment has been employed; and none have displayed the heroic virtues of the British military character more fully than this meritorious corps.
Whether at the Fort of St. Philip, in
Minorca, - in the valley of the Tagus, at Talavera, - on the plains
of Salamanca, - on the lofty Pyrenees, - or in the southern provinces
of France, the same valour, constancy, patience, and perseverance,
have shone forth with a splendour which has elevated the reputation
of the corps; and its conduct in quarters has also elicited the
commendations of the general officers under whom it has served.
Deriving its origin from the Third Regiment of Foot, or the Buffs,
the Sixty-First Regiment has inherited the same spirit which animated
the officers and soldiers of that veteran corps during the wars
of three centuries."