The 57th Foot. Their colonel (Inglis) in the battle of Albuera
(1811), addressing his men, said, “Die hard, my lads; die hard!” And
they did die hard, for their banner was pierced with thirty bullets.
Only one officer out of twenty-four survived, and only 168 men out of
584. This fine regiment is now called the West Middlesex; the East
Middlesex (the Duke of Cambridge's own) is the old 77th.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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