When Fort Oswego surrendered to French forces under Montcalm on August 14 1756, two british-american line infantry regiments, the "50th (Shirley’s) Regiment of Foot" and "51st (Pepperrel’s) Regiment of Foot", marched into captivity and were subsequently disbanded on December 22 1756. With two of its more senior regiments gone, in January 1757, the "53rd (Napier’s) Regiment of Foot", raised in Leeds in March 1755, was re-numbered "51st Regiment of Foot". In 1758, colonel Brudenell was given command of the regiment now designated "51st (Brudenell’s) Regiment of Foot". During the Seven Years’ War, the 51st Foot fought at Minden, Korbach, Kloster Kamp, and Vellinghausen.
The 54 mm Tradition toy soldiers pictured above are wearing the red coat with gosling green facings and breeches. The tricorne, cuffs, lapels, and waistcoat are laced white, and the hat sports a black cockade.
- Isle of Wight, 1757
- Raid (Descend) on Rochefort, September 1757
- Capture of Emden, March 1758
- Battle of Minden, 01 August 1759
- Battle of Corbach, 10 July 1760
- Battle of Kloster Kamp, 16 October 1760
- Battle of Vellinghausen, 15 and 16 July 1761
- 51st (2nd Yorkshire, West Riding) Regiment of Foot, 1782
- 1st Battalion, The King’s Own Light Infantry (South Yorkshire Regiment), 1881
- The King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry), 1897
- The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1921–1968
- Mollo, John: Uniforms of the Seven Years’ War, 1756–1763, Plate 69
- Reid, Stuart: Frederick the Great’s Allies 1756-63 (Lond. 2013)