Nov 15 2009
There have been three deaths in the past two weeks, and the incidence of sickness is continuing to rise.
One sergeant, the long-serving John Darville, and eight men have joined from Portugal, where they had established a small depot. Corporal William Fuller has joined from England, having been promoted while at Wakefield with the depot. Corporal John Fair has been promoted to sergeant. Corporals William Brumish and John Gannon have been transferred to the 1st battalion.
Lieutenant George Adamson has joined from sick leave.
For Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Daniell, news of his recent commission, without purchase, has finally been confirmed. This honour has been granted at the particular request of the commanding officer of the battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Minet, and the other senior officers, and is a reward for long and devoted service. It is also a reminder to others that a man in the ranks may finish his career as an officer.
For Private Fleming, there has been good news of another kind. He has been found not guilty of offences against a local inhabitant.
There will be an inspection of the battalion on the 24th November.
There is still no date set for the court martial of Lieutenant Nicholson, who remains under arrest. Having been refused permission to return to Europe, Captain Chambers is supposed to be on his way from Madras to join the battalion at Trichinopoly. He has been summoned as a prosecution witness, but it is clearly reluctant to perform this finction at his friend’s trial.
Madras to Trichinopoly is approximately 200 miles
Although it is a considerable journey there is also some suspicion that he is delaying his return.
Depot: In Wakefield,and recruiting
The recruiting company continues to operate in the same recruiting areas as last month. The returns indicated that fifteen recruits have joined, three from Sleaford, two from Cambridge, three from Dublin and seven from Galway. This is in addition to eleven men from the Irish Militia, particularly welcome because they have already been trained.