May 15 2010
2nd Battalion: Gibraltar
A ship typical of the transports used for troops.
Orders arrived at the beginning of the month for the battalion to sail to Cadiz, to join the defence against the besieging 1st French Corps under Marshal Victor. The first detachment under Lieutenant-Colonel Minet, embarked on the 10th May. The second detachment has yet to embark.
Four men have joined from England in time to join the expedition to Cadiz and two men have been invalided home.
1st Battalion: Trichinopoly
Prisoner, with escort, stands accused at a court martial
Assistant Surgeon Griffin is under sentence of a court martial, having been found guilty of “at night armed and using insulting language to a magistrate”. The sentence was that Assistant Surgeon Griffin be cashiered but the court made a strong recommendation that he should be pardoned.
Four other officers of the battalion still await trial. Lieutenant French is accused of sending a challenge and fighting a duel with Lieutenant Carden, who is himself accused of accepting a challenge and fighting a duel. Lieutenant Harpur is charged with aiding and betting a duel, and Lieutenant Jones, with carrying a message (the challenge) and aiding a duel. If found guilty, all four men are likely to be cashiered.
There have been four deaths in the past two weeks, Sergeant Lavery and Privates Wall, Lovell and Darby.
Sergeant Joseph Humphries has been appointed receiving sergeant at Poonamallee, with responsibility for supervising invalids awaiting transport to Europe, and receiving new men who need to be directed to their respective regiments.
Several officers have been removed “without leave” from the 2nd to the 1st battalion, and are now listed as absent without leave in the returns.
The ranks of the 33rd Regiment receive instruction from their sergeant
(for more information see: http://www.33rdfoot.co.uk)
Three recruits, two men and a boy, have joined from the recruiting parties. There have been two other additions, a volunteer from the Irish Miltia and a returned deserter.
Elsewhere, the recruiting parties continue to operate with some success, and 12 men and 2 boys are on their way to headquarters.