Sep 15 2010
2nd Battalion – Cadiz
Contemporary small set of surgical instruments as would have been carried in the field by a surgeon. (By kind permission of Mick Crumplin FRCS)
Sergeant William Hassell is serving as a hospital orderly, while Corporal Ben Humphries was promoted to sergeant on the 9th September. Private John Stevens died on the 11th September, the battalion’s first natural death in Cadiz.
Ensign Neville continues to be returned absent without leave. Ensign Garvey has been promoted to Lieutenant.
The general situation continues to be quiet but there was one moment of interest when Private John McCormick unexpectedly joined the battalion in Cadiz. Private McCormick, from Captain Hawker’s company, was on the transport, Jenny, when it was wrecked on the French coast at Gravelines on the 16th December, 1805. He was assumed to be a prisoner in France and there is some mystery as to how he reached Cadiz. In the next muster he will be returned as “joined from French prison”.
1st Battalion - Trichinopoly
A carved statue in the Ajanta caves
There have been three deaths, William Beeby on the 3rd September, John Smith on the 4th and Thomas Draper on the 5th.
Lieutenant Richardson has the Commander-in-Chief’s leave to return to Europe for twelve months for recovery of health.
Ensign John Herring is on his way to join from Poonamallee. There is no news of Ensign James Light, who is supposed to have travelled with him.
Sergeant William Ledge has been promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major.
Depot – Wakefield
Musket drill, from a contemporary manual of instruction
Two recruits have enlisted at headquarters, both for unlimited service. One man has joined from India, having been invalided to Europe.
There is some sickness at the depot; six privates are currently unfit for duty.