Apr 15 2010
2nd Battalion: Gibraltar
Part of the fortifications at Gibraltar, from a map of 1750
There are clear signs that the second battalion may find themselves transferred from garrison duties to active service. General Graham, in command of the Anglo-Portugueses forces in Cadiz, suggested to General Campbell, C-in-C in Gibraltar, that it would be strategically sound to create a diversion in nearby Tarrifa to draw the 1st Corps, under Marshal Victor, away from Cadiz. Among the troops sent for this purpose was a detachment from the 2/30th.
As a result, 10 sergeants, 11 corporals, 3 drummers and 273 privates are on their way to Tarrifa. The officers involved in the expedition are Captains Malet, Bamford, Lynch, Fox and Hitchen, Lieutenants Garland, Heaviside, Andrews and Eades, and Ensigns Garvey, Pennefather, Eagar, Freear, Rumley, Bailey and Crawford.
Major Hamilton and Lieutenant and Adjutant William Stewart have been granted leave by General Campbell. Major Grey is now being returned absent without leave.
Two men have died during the last two weeks.
1st Battalion: Trichinopoly
A coin of the period
Assistant Surgeon Griffin is still on a charge relating to the illegal entry of a Magistrate’s house while drunk.
Captain Chambers has finally departed for Europe on the transport ship, Eden Castle, in charge of 16 invalids. He has been granted a year’s leave, during which time he is expected to transfer to another regiment, having officially resigned from the 30th.
Officers of the 2nd battalion who officially belong to the 1st have been transferred to the strength of the 1st “without leave”. They are expected to arrive in India in the near future.
One private (Thomas Bull) died on the 3rd April. The battalion also lost two sergeants at the end of March: James Breslin, who died on the 29th March, and Edward Perkins, who was reduced on the same day.
British infantry of the period. Picture courtesy of Victrix Ltd. (miniature soldiers, see: http://www.victrixlimited.com)
Four men and a boy have joined at the depot from the recruiting parties, while a man and a boy have enlisted directly at the depot.