Aug 15 2010
2nd. Battalion: Cadiz
An important departure occurred on the 3rd August when Regimental Sergeant Major David Glass transferred into the 4th Royal Veteran Battalion with the rank of ensign. This is generally considered a fitting reward for a man who has given such long and loyal service to the regiment, but it is also acknowledged that he will be sadly missed. His influence on the second battalion 30th Regiment upon its formation in 1803 is felt to be immeasurable and it is believed that his commission was granted at the request of the senior officers of the battalion..
On the 4th August Sergeant James Wood was appointed RSM.
Sergeant Davison was reduced on the 8th August.
News has arrived that Assistant Surgeon Edward Purdon has been promoted to Surgeon into the 8th Royal Veteran Battalion, which means there is a vacancy for an assistant surgeon.
Lieutenant Holt, who is serving with the 1st battalion in India but properly belongs to the second battalion, has exchanged into the 84th with Lieutenant Winrow, who is also thought to be in India.
1st. Battalion: Trichinopoly
The major event for the battalion was the inspection carried out on 6th August by General Wilkinson, commander of the Southern Division in India. Until his promotion to the general list, Wilkinson saw all his service with the 30th and obviously knows the regiment well.
The data produced for the inspection established the essentially English composition of the battalion: 868 NCOs and privates are English, against 54 Scots and 141 Irish. There are also four foreigners. Most of the battalion are aged over 25 and have served for more than five years. It is a cause of frustration that their experience is not being used. The data also revealed that there have been thirty deaths since December 1809, one discharge and one desertion. Sixteen invalids have been sent to Europe. Five recruits have joined. The battalion now awaits General Wilkinson’s report.
There are two prisoners in the guard room awaiting regimental court martial.
There have been three deaths since the beginning of the month, Sergeant James Kellen on the 1st, Robert McGuire on the 4th and Robert Boyles on the 5th.
The officers were saddened by the news that Lieutenant Todd, who embarked of the Duchess of Gordon, Indiaman, in January to return to Europe for recovery of his health, was lost at sea.
Four men have joined for unlimited service and two for limited service. Another man has returned to headquarters from desertion.