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Fellow Victorian Re-enactment Groups

The 17th Lancers The “Death or Glory Boys” recreate the uniform of the Victorian cavalry including that of the Crimean War (1853-56), Zulu War (1879), Boer War (1899-1902), as well as the last pattern Full Dress, as worn on Home Service in the 1890s.  The Team can also parade in complete First World War Service Dress
The 1879 group  The group was founded in 1998 to rededicate Anglo-Zulu War graves.  There is a living history section that portray a company of the 24th Regiment of foot, Royal Engineers, an Army Surgeon, a Royal Artillery officer, Natal Volunteer Regiments and civilians..
The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment Re-enactment Society. A Guildford based re-enactment society founded in 2004, and they are unique in portraying both the regular and volunteer battalions of one of the British Army’s oldest regiments.

19th Regiment of Foot (1st Yorks. North Riding) The Green Howards  Members of the American Civil War Society (ACWS), who re-enact the Crimean War Impression. Their site has a transcript of the 1854 Infantry Manual.

The RE Living History Society Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We worked with, and were fed and watered by, several of their members at the Citadel in Canada in July 06.  The group re-creates the military and civilian families that, between 1858 and 1863, lived in the Crown Colony of British Columbia, as well as Washington Territory. For the Changing of the Guard ceremony the lads present were dressed as marines (Picture on the left, the lads onboard HMS Scott).

Historical Societies

The Victorian Military Society  Our parent organisation in which we are the living history element
The Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society Formed by a small group of experts and historians to educate, entertain, enlighten and encourage students to further their interest in that most fascinating of Victorian campaigns, the Anglo Zulu War of 1879.
The Crimean War Research Society  A society that honour and remember those that fell in the war and to study the war in its entirety – from mainstream topics like the deaths from disease in the Crimea and the naval confrontation in the Baltic to little-known aspects of the war such as the British Army’s refusal to deploy poison gas at Sevastopol, and the naval actions in the Pacific.
Crimean Texts transcripts of some contemporary documents of the Crimean War

Other Re-enactment Groups


World War 1

10th Essex Our sister society that portray the British Tommy of The 10th Battalion of The Essex Regiment during The Great War 1914-1918.

The Birmingham Pals  A living history group portraying the 14th Royal Warwickshire Regiment “Birmingham Pals”, which was formed once the city was given the go ahead to form their own battalions in 1914 and was finally sent to France in 1915.  Also the group portrays a c.1915 field hospital.

English Civil War

The Sealed Knot

Other Sites of Interest 
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment  an informational site for Ex Soldiers of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire) known as the Farmersboys. On their site is a very useful page with Routine Bugle Calls for the Infantry and Mounted Infantry in Camp and Quarters that can be listened to.
Alexis Benoist Soyer In 1855 he invented the ‘Soyer’s Field Stove’ (which the British Army was still using 120 years   later.)
War Gunner   A website is dedicated to the memory of John Parsons; a Gunner and Cook in the Second World War. In this site you will find War related historical data, war stories, photos and links. Of particular interest to us is the cookery section which has recipes for that are suitable for the Victorian stove.

Moving Images Communications Film and video library for archival and contemporary footage.  Producer and director Michael Maloney filmed the group in South Africa.  A sample of that footage can be found on the site and copies of the video Blood Mountain are for sale.

The Royal Engineers Museum One of the foremost military museums in Britain the Royal Engineers Museum and Library tell the story of theCorps of Royal Engineers and military engineering. The Diehard’s regularly participate in the Museum’s many special events.
CookeryFrom training through to work in the field…extracts from a field cook book, full of Cooking related recipes, rations, ovens & ranges, field camps and kitchen data. This information was obtained through training at Aldershot and Larkhill in Wiltshire 1923-6.
Scarletgunner for helmets and fittings

ZuluFilmStore a website dedicated to all things related to the classic 1964 film ZULU


Pearl and Hemingway Vintage 13 Harbour St. Whitstable, Kent. CT5 1AQ. 01277 770000

Stockists of vintage clothing – especially good quality granddad shirts



Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Osborne House – June 2012

Times of Malta 2011

Changing sentries at Fort Rinella, Malta

Steve and Mac – Kit Talk

Diehards man a 1874 Armstrong made Gatling gun on Artillery field carriage

Bullet and Bible: Kelmarsh 2011  by AngloBoerStaffords

Rinella display: open order firing 2011

Changing of the Guard Halifax 2006

Four Feathers Battle

Zulu – The Warriors Return Pt1

The Jolly Die-Hards

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