New York was once in Leicestershire hands

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While my uncle is reportedly the last surviving member of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment I was reminded of the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment today with a visit to the Newake Houses Museum. Little did I know that in 1776 the forerunner to the regiment, the 17th Regiment of Foot, helped capture New York in the American War of Independence. There’s a pic of a button left in New York as way of anecdotal proof.

By the way on the subject if the number 17 it’s a curious contradicttion that if you search wikipedia that against ’17 (number)’ that it both appears as “the high incidence of the number 17 and its function as ‘the most random number‘ as described by MIT“, and the “least random number (17), according to the Hacker’s Jargon File.