85th Regiment of Foot (Westminster Volunteers)

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85th Regiment of Foot (Westminster Volunteers)
Active 1777–1783
Country  Kingdom of Great Britain (1707–1800)
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry

The 85th Regiment of Foot (Westminster Volunteers) was a short-lived infantry Regiment in the British Army which was raised in 1777 to provide garrison troops for the West Indies during the American Revolutionary War.[1]

It was posted to Jamaica, where its numbers were ravaged by endemic diseases such as Yellow Fever. Many of survivors then perished in a storm off Newfoundland on their way home aboard the captured ship Ville de Paris in 1782. The remnants of the regiment were disbanded at Dover in 1783.[2]

The Colonels of the Regiment were: [3]


  1. ^ "The 85th Regiment : History 1759 - 1881". Shropshire Regimental Museum. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ "The King's Shropshire Light Infantry". britisharmedforces.org. Retrieved 4 August 2017. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "85th Regiment of Foot (1759)". regiments.org. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008.
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