The Battle of Clifton Moor 1745

The Battle of Clifton Moor

With a shortage of troops in England, the second Jacobite Rebellion in 1745 called some regiments home, including The King’s Own, who were sent North to fight at Culloden in 1746.

The battle at Clifton took place between a rearguard of Prince Charles Edward Stewart’s Jacobite army as they retreated from Derby and elements of the Duke of Cumberland’s Hanoverian forces that were in pursuit.

During the action about a hundred government soldiers were wounded and killed, the regiment suffered heavy casualties and, for their loyalty, George II gave them the privilege of never having to drink the loyal toast or stand for the National Anthem after dinner.

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