Some 60 French gentlemen were landed dead at St Malo after the battle.
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There is still existent in an old manuscript the Jersey order of battle for the year In three regiments, each under a colonel, the West Senior , North and East were formed out of the trained bands. He harried the Parliamentarians by sea till , when the Parliament had to undertake a major operation of war and carry out an amphibious expedition to reduce Jersey.
By the Militia consisted of the three regiments and a troop of horse. There were 24 field pieces, described as "mostly" small-bore Robinets". Towards the end of this century, horse and foot were wearing red coats, and both islands were receiving arms and equipment from the British Government. The artillery consisted of 25 field pieces, kept in the churches and ready for action. The reason of this practice was that defence of one's native land was considered a sacred duty, the church being deemed therefore the best store for the artillery.
The men provided the necessary horse and wheeled transport. By the Code of all youths from I5 to 17 were bound to drill once a week during the summer, and every male from 17 to 35 was bound to serve. There was one regiment of artillery, one of cavalry, six battalions of infantry in Jersey, besides regular troops holding the castles.
His name was given later to the most northern battery field work of St Ouen's Bay. Regarding the famous 6 January battle, it must be remembered the final short fire fight and British victory in the Royal Square was the climax of a series of more or less simultaneous tactical moves carried out by Major Peirson and other commanders, including the Militia Colonels. These moves were the wiping out of de Rullecourt's base at La platte Rocque by the 83rd and Militia, the holding of Elizabeth Castle and repelling of the French attack there, the holding of Gallows Hill, and the Mont de la Ville site of Fort Regent ; all these moves covering the march on St Helier by Peirson at the head of the 95th Regiment and the West Militia.
It was a first-class show considering the early tactical surprise effected by the La Rocque landing, the French march on the town, and the inexplicable surrender of Corbet.
Ils forment un corps de milice bien discipline, bons tireurs, et qui seraient en etat presque seuls de repousser l'ennemi qui en serait descendu". During the wars of the French Revolution and Empire, the Militia, backed by Regular troops, "stood to" throughout. The armed castles and batteries gave Jersey a first class system of all round defence. The Castles and bulwarks of Jersey provided the Island with a perfect all-round system of converging, cross, and covering fire backed by supports and reserves of Infantry with some cavalry.
In principle the Castles were held chiefly by Regular troops, while Bulwarks batteries and strong points were garrisoned by Militia.
During this period Jersey followed the policy of Castlereagh and the Militia, by , became a depot, as it were, for the Regular Army. On 17 November , during the interval between the first defeat of Napoleon and the return from Elba and the days and Waterloo, Lieut-General Sir Hilgrove Turner, having inspected the Militia regiments of Jersey, so saw fit to address them in an order of the day.
The warning was true enough for the following year witnessed the return of Napoleon and Waterloo. It is worthy of mention in regard to this period of , that, as in the Civil War, so against revolutionary France the sea front of the Islands was splendid. A chronicler of the period remarked at one time there were more enemy prizes in St Helier's harbour than ships in St Malo. Mont Orgueil under Admiral d' Auvergne was the Headquarters of an Intelligence Service which operated most efficiently between the islands and the France of Napoleon. In the Jersey Militia was created "Royal" on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the defeat of de Rullecourt.
In the Militia put down a riot. In arsenals were built and the field pieces were removed to them from the churches, where they had been kept as "the defence of our country is a sacred and religious duty. In there was a further reorganisation of the Militia. The three Infantry regiments consisted each of ncos and men each under a Lieut-Colonel. The 2nd included the old 2nd or North Regiment and the old 3rd or East Regiment. The Artillery were mobilised as five field batteries in the country and one Field Battery in St Helier. In a word the Island defences consisted of heavy batteries defending the south coast and other fixed defences, supported by three Militia regiments to which wase attached two mobile field batteries.
In the Jersey National Rifle Association had been founded. Several similar associations were finally merged into the present JRA. They were affiliated to the Militia, and by their help our Militiamen achieved a very high standard of shooting, a standard still found today in the civilian Jersey Rifle Club and the JRA, albeit the day of the Militia is for the moment over. In the Militia consisted of two field artillery companies, four garrison artillery companies, three battalions, the West, the Town, the East. Each battalion had six companies of an average of 60 men. Each regiment had also a permanent staff of regular officers and ncos.
The field batteries were each armed with four rifled muzzle loading field guns, firing a 9-lb shell.
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The garrison companies had probably 64 pounder guns and also rifled muzzle loaders. The Infantry were armed with the Martini-Henry rifle. Then"mutiny" of was due to no fundamental lack of discipline, and to no disloyalty. The St Ouen Company on a manoeuvre parade on the St Aubin's Bay sands imagined that they were being deprived of their lawful place on the right of the line.
The Militia was a school also for officers of the Regular Army. It was a somewhat easier channel than Sandhurst for many. Quite wrongly criticisms have been directed against the training of the Militia at this period. These were wholly without cause.
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The men did receive the basic training of discipline, and of musketry. The Entente Cordiale had not yet indeed come about. France however was full of the troubles which led to the notorious Dreyfus case not very long afterwards. Similar criticisms have been levelled against the training of the Regular Army in the years before the South African war. Every war, and every new theatre of war demands changes in tactics. Fire and movement remain constant, and the Army of the South African war was destined later to beat the Prussian attempt on Paris in I Pear Jam Australian Tour Rhys Cooper.
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