Origins: 'Success to the Regiment '
Subject: Origins: 'Success to the Regiment '|
From: GUEST,Arthur McClench
Date: 05 Jan 19 - 10:11 AM
Greetings. In 1801 a soldier of the 11th Hussars was on trial at Wakefield for the murder of a man he assaulted for mocking him as he sang a regimental song with a verse or chorus that ended:
"Success to the Regiment, and God save the King."
That's all that's recorded of the song.
The odd thing is that the fragment resembles a song dating from ten or so years later- 'Sahagun' chronicling the exploits of another regiment, the 15th Hussars, at the village of that name during a near disastrous campaign in Spain 1808-09.
The last line of the last verse is:
'Success to the Fifteenth; and 'God Save the King'
My question is, do we have record of a generic soldier's drinking song from the late C18th on which both songs might have been based?