The 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1758 and amalgamated into The Welsh Regiment in 1881.
The regiment was raised by the redesignation of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot in April 1758, ranked as the 69th Regiment of Foot. Most of the soldiers were recruited from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Lancashire. In 1782 they took a county title as the 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot. The regiment fought with distinction in the Capture of St. Lucia (1778), the Vellore Mutiny (1806), and the Invasion of Java (1811), and served throughout the Waterloo Campaign of 1815 (during which the King’s Colour was captured by the enemy at the Battle of Quatre Bras). As marines on HMS Agamemnon under Lord Nelson, part of the regiment also participated in the Battle of Genoa (1795), evacuation of Leghorn, action in Laona Bay, and capture of Porto Ferrajo, then, after Nelson’s transfer into the Captain, with him at the Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797). Matthew Stevens, a soldier from the regiment, was the first to board the Spanish ship San Nicolas.
The regiment’s nickname “The Ups and Downs” may come from its number, which reads the same upside down.