Dec 01 2013
2nd Battalion – Grouville Barracks, Jersey
The battalion continues to gain new men. On the 25th October there were 7 arrivals, while 18 recruits joined on the 10th November. This means there are now 78 recruits at drill and another 31 with the recruiting parties. Two men, Privates Garner and McCann, have been discharged “being unfit for service from wounds received in action in the Peninsula.” There have been 2 deaths, Serjeant Maskell and Private Harris. The total number of sick is 93, plus 6 convalescent.
Four corporals and two serjeants (Surety and West) have been reduced. James Davis was appointed corporal on the 9th November. William Weafer and Edward Laughron, both sons of the regiment (Laughron’s father was hanged for the murder of his wife in 1806), have been appointed drummer.
Lieutenant Nicholson has arrived from India to join the battalion, but is currently on leave for recovery of health.
Detachments continue to serve at Echo Rocks, Boulay Bay, Rozelle, and Boulay and Virut signal stations.
The battalion was inspected by Major General Hallam on the 2nd November, when the strength of the battalion was given as 898 NCOs and other ranks, although this included men on duty with other corps (Portugal), on command and prisoners of war. Of the notional strength, 518 are English, 19 Scottish, 359 Irish and 2 foreign born. 238 of the battalion have served for less than 2 years, while 89 have served for more than 10 years. There are 62 wives, 14 boys and 28 girls with the battalion.
General Hallam wrote a positive report, noting the Colonel Hamilton “has bestowed great attention” on the battalion, which has made good progress in discipline and field exercises. There is “unanimity among the officers” who give Hamilton all the support he requires. Everything is in good order. The general noticed that the NCOs are mainly very young, but still “perform their duty with promptitude and energy.” As for the men, apart from about 100 whom he considered much too young for service, they are well-drilled, attentive and well-behaved. He noted that messing is given due attention. The officers mess together “on such terms of reckoning as enables the subalterns to belong to it.” As for the recruits, the general was impressed by their overall quality and training. He did make a point, however, that the colours are worn out.
General Don, in command, added comments to the effect that the battalion is fit for duty in the field.
1st Battalion – Cannanore, India
Lieutenant Colonel Lockhart is now in command of Malabar, Kamara and Cannanore districts. Quartermaster Wilson is in command of the invalids at Poonamalle, and Assistant Surgeon Piper is attached to this detachment. Ensign Perry has been returned sick.
Only one death (Private Bateman) has been reported this month. Three corporals have been reduced.
On the 17th November the battalion was inspected by Colonel Lockhart. The strength of NCOs and other ranks is 947 and there is a full complement of officers, although, as ever, there are still officers in India who should be with the 2nd battalion, and officers in Jersey who should be with the 1st. Of the NCOs and other ranks, 707 are English, 27 Scottish, 205 Irish, and 8 foreign born. Only 21 have less than 2 years’ service while 403 have served for more than 10 years. There are 39 wives, 26 boys and 24 girls with the battalion.