These two units, finished over the holiday weekend, are the last two infantry units for the British in Egypt collection...Ok, OK they may be the last!
Commencing its existence as the Queen's Regiment and later renamed the King's Regiment, the 8th had a long and illustrious history dating back to 1685 and with honours for service in Ireland, in the War of Spanish Succession, the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, the War of Austrian Succession, the Jacobite Rebellion of the '45, the Seven Years War, the American Revolution and along the Spanish coast during the Revolutionary wars. The Regiment sailed for Egypt in 1801. After that campaign the regiment saw service in the Americas, the Caribbean, India and Afghanistan. It was amalgamated and became the King's Regiment (Liverpool) in 1881.
The foundation of the Royal Irish predates the King's regiment by a year, and its history was equally prestigeous, counting service in the campaigns of Marlborough, the American Revolution, the French Revolutionary wars, Egypt, the Caribbean, China, Afghanistan and there was a New Zealand connection where the regiment fought in the Waikato and Taranaki campaigns. The Regiment survived the Childers reforms, avioding amalgamation, and continued service through the First World War until its disbandment in 1922.
Above the two regiments, the 8th in front the 18th to the rear.