Oct 15 2009
2nd Battalion: Gibraltar
A custodian of the Rock
Several officers have leave of absence: Lieutenant Colonel Minet, Major Grey, Captain Bamford, Lieutenant Masters, Ensign Crawford and Quartermaster Kingsley. Major Hamilton is temporarily in command.
Three NCOs, Sergeants Charles Stradling and Thomas Freeman and Corporal John Johnstone, have been transferred to the first battalion. John Melmor has been promoted corporal.
Life continues to be quiet in Gibraltar. Boredom is a danger, however, and there are strict standing orders for regimental canteens. These may be summarised as follows:
- A respectable sergeant is responsible for the good order of the canteen
- Opening hours are limited to an hour after guard mounting and until the drumbeat for tattoo
- No spirits are to be sold
- No cards, dice or gambling of any kind
- All drink must be consumed on the premises
- All drink must be paid for at the time
- Only NCOs and soldiers of the regiment (and their families) may use the regimental canteen
- At the first sign of drunkenness or rioting, the offender is to be sent back to barracks
- The sergeant-in-charge has power to call out the barrack guard
- The captain of the day and orderly officer should make regular visits to the canteen to check that the regulations are being observed
- The prices for drinks are fixed and must not be deviated from
- Wine must not be adulterated in any way
By these means it was hoped to prevent disorder in the garrison.
1st Battalion: Trichinopoly
Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, photograph by Anaxila
The officers on detachment are the same as last month.
Captain Chambers remains on leave at Madras and is thought unlikely to rejoin the battalion.
Lieutenant Nicholson is still under an arrest. having given his word of honour he is free to reside in his own house and has limited freedom. He has so far received no news of when his court martial will be heard. His period under arrest has already extended beyond the time specified in the Articles of War.
Depot: Based in Wakefield
The Galway coastline, photograph by Irishboffin
Quartermaster Kingsley left the depot for Gibraltar on the 7th October, taking with him 37 men, including 6 recruits, and the heavy baggage. Their route will take them to Portsmouth where a transport ship will convey them to Gibraltar.
One man has enlisted at Wakefield in the last week.
The recruiting companies are still operating from the same stations, including Galway (see photograph above) although no returns have been received.