Jul 10 2009
Second battalion: Gibraltar
The battalion landed safely on the 7th June after an uneventful voyage round from Lisbon – very different from the voyage from Ireland to Portugal, particularly for those who sailed in the transport Susan. Captain Machell, son of a wealthy banker from Beverley, Yorkshire, is reported to be on his way to join the battalion, having returned from the West Indies via Ireland. There is no news of the other two recently transferred officers, Captains Spawforth and Fullerton. Captain Bamford has been appointed to recruit in England, while Lieutenants Masters and Adamson have both been given leave of absence for recovery of health.
Quartermaster Kingsley has left for Ireland, where he will collect the battalion’s heavy baggage, still at Kinsale, and bring it to Gibraltar.
There have been no promotions or demotions among the NCOs during the past fortnight.
First Battalion: Trichinopoly
Captain Beaumont is reported to be on his way to Madras from Penang. He took over responsibility for negotiating with the Portuguese in Macao after the death of Major Wright a year ago. His task was to persuade the Portuguese that, with their country in French hands, they should hand over control of Macao to the British so that it also did not become French territory. Beaumont’s persuasion was successful
News has arrived of the death of Captain Watson while recuperating from ill health at St Thome.
General Wilkinson is still concerned about the unrest among the British officers of the East India Company army.
Depot: en route from Kinsale to Wakefield
There are no returns from the depot as the two ensigns, Light and Herring, and the men under their command are travelling from Kinsale to their new headquarters at Wakefield where the main focus will be under the command of Captain Spawforth.