The 44th East Essex Regiment, one of the country’s leading Napoleonic re-enactment units, arrived at English Heritage’s Tilbury Fort on Friday afternoon, and despite blustery showers, the Colonel’s Pavilion, 6 ridge tents and the Company Catering Lean were erected in true military fashion.
After a few adjustments due to the very windy weather the regiment commenced their parades, entertaining the high number of visitors to the fort, with their 19th Century Military drill displays, musket firing demonstrations, lectures, and the famous kid’s recruitment and drill lessons.
On the Sunday the Regiment formed up and raised the Union Flag to the sounds of drum and bugle. A short service was held in the Fort’s lovely little chapel and the Last Post and Rouse were sounded in memory of the fallen of all conflicts, but especially for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day which they strongly wanted to honour.
Various drills and firing displays were given during the day, including the Kid’s drill and a new innovation. The “Hunt the Frog” proved a great success with the children. They hid an “escaped french prisoner of war” in the Fort, and families had to search for him. The bugler sounded sunset at 4.30pm and the lowering of the Union flag brought the event to close.