2nd Battalion: Cadiz
There have been no deaths during the past two weeks, but sickness is a problem, largely due to the climate. The numbers returned “sick present” vary between forty and fifty a day. There are also six men still in Gibraltar because of sickness.
Captain Richard Machell was appointed brigade major, on the staff, on the 9th July. This is his second staff appointment since joining the 30th.
Ensign Neville is still returned as absent without leave.
Corporal William Fuller was reduced on the 2nd July, and John Grant was promoted to corporal in his place the next day.
There are still detachments at Isla and Puntales. In addition, a sergeant and four privates are in the provost guard, and two privates are serving as hospital orderlies.
The battalion was inspected on the 12th June, only nine days after their arrival in Cadiz, which caused them some concern. Brigadier Daniel Hoghton’s brief report, however, which is now available, is generally complimentary. He noted that the drill and field manoeuvres were found wanting – hardly surprising after several weeks at sea – but the men were “clean, and steady in the ranks”, and all administrative matters were in order. He noted that there had been seventeen (regimental) courts martial since the last inspection, a low number, and that of the lashes awarded by the courts, less than half had been inflicted. He approved of this leniency.
1st Battalion: Trichinopoly
The King Cobra snake
Five men have died in the past two weeks: Corporal James Cooper, and Privates John Wilkinson, Ephraim Partidge, Charles Clarke, and Joseph Poxton. Nevertheless, this is a relatively low casualty rate for the time of year, given the extremes of climate.
Corporal Peter Connell resigned on the 1st July, and Corporal John Houghton was reduced on the 10th.
Major Maxwell’s sick leave has been extended by surgeon’s certificate. Similarly, Lieutenant Carden has been returned as “not well enough to join”.
The process of recruitment and basic training goes on at various locations around the country. On the 2nd July Ensign Parke Percy Neville marched from the depot for Portsmouth with two sergeants and ninety-eight rank and file. They will embark for Cadiz, to join the second battalion.
Two recruits have enlisted at headquarters.