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‘His school will be open every day, excepting Sunday and Saturday evening, from the rouse bugle to the breakfast one, from 11 o’clock till dinner hour; and after dinner till evening parade, from 1st October to the 1st of April, the winter season, for two hours before taptoo. At the intervals, when for one hour the school is not likely to be occupied by the men of the regiment, the schoolmaster is to give instruction to the children; this to be regulated by circumstances &c. by the commanding officer for this occasion.’


Regulations for the Rifle Corps. Formed at Blatchinton Barracks under the command of Colonel Manningham 25th August 1800


The Shorncliffe Lectures


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Sir John Moore and the Universal Soldier

Volume 1: The Man, the Commander and the Shorncliffe System of Training


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Sir John Moore is considered the father of the modern British Army and the creator of the elite universal soldier that would later become the famous Light Division of the 43rd, 52nd and 95th Rifles. His reform of the British Army was enabled by the support of the Duke of York, Sir David Dundas and William Pitt. His brilliant legacy is clearly shown by the Epilogue by General Sir Nick Parker on (the characteristics of the 21st Century Rifleman).


This third book in the successful Shorncliffe Lecture Series sets out to put into context Moore’s moral compass, principles and experiences that created his philosophy and internal discipline that was key to the “Shorncliffe System of Training.” Moore’s own diary entries, letters, recollections of his family, friends, newspapers, and those who served with him have been used. It also includes, Moore’s Instructions to the battalions of Irish Militia Light Infantry of 1798 and a discussion of contemporary light infantry manuals.


Probably the most neglected developments of British Light Infantry connections are Corsica, West Indies, Ireland, and Egypt. The chronology shows the global reach of the British Army and the large number of theatres in which Sir John Moore served. The index has been divided into a general, name and regimental index. There are over 90 mostly contemporary illustrations including 24 maps and 20 portraits as well as 14 OOBs and 25 tables.