1838 - News transcripts - 45th Foot

Source: British Newspaper Archive, online at britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription). Transcriptions by Alison Kilpatrick.
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  Retirements. ... Lieutenant Wynne, 19th Foot, on half-pay 45th Foot;... (Morning Post, 1 January 1838.)

  An occurrence of a very calamitous nature took place on board the Hindostan East Indiaman, on her homeward voyage from Madras, from which port she sailed on the 3d of September last. On the 23d of that month Lieut. John Jerningham, of her Majesty's 45th regiment, was sitting on a hencoop, bordering the poop of the vessel, conversing with two other officers, when suddingly [sic] losing his balance, he fell overboard, when the sea running at the time so high, and the ship making such rapid way, that every attempt to save him proved ineffectual. Lieut. J. Jerningham had been four years on active service in the east, and now, at the early age of 24, has met with a fate that deprives her Majesty's service of a gallant and promising young officer.
(Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette, 4 January 1838.)

  Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Bourke, K.C.B., during his passage to England, from the seat of his government at New South Wales, has had the Colonelcy of the 64th Regiment conferred on him, vice Lieut-General Sir William Henry Pringle, appointed to the 45th Foot. (Leamington Spa Courier, 27 January 1838)

  The 45th regiment, on landing from India, will be reorganised at Canterbury, the present quarters of the 20th.
(Freeman's Journal, 9 February 1838.)

  The Army.——Lieutenant Tulloch, of the 45th Regiment, already favourably known as the suggester of the rotation system, is now permanently attached to the War-office, with a salary of 300l. per annum; his post is that of calculator. As soon as Lieutenant Tulloch gets his company, he is to retire on half-pay. ... ——Times. (London Standard, 21 Feb. 1838.)

  The Minerva, from Madras, has arrived with the following officers and men of the 45th regiment:——Captain E.W. Lascelles; Lieutenants D.A. Courtayne, Seagram, Magee, Young, Gray, and Spring; Ensigns J.W. Graves, T.R. Crawley, R. Maunsel, G.A.L. Blenkinsop, and J.O. Cuffe; Assistant Surgeon Hunter M.D., and 13 rank and file. They are to disembark at Gravesend, and march into Chatham barracks for the present; the head quarters may be daily expected.
(The Ipswich Journal, 24 February 1838.)

  Birth: At Exeter, the lady of Major Armstrong, 45th Foot, of a son. (Bristol Mercury, 3 March 1838)

  War-Office, March 16. ... Unattached: Lieut. Alexander Murray Tulloch, from the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Captain, by purchase. ... (Brighton Gazette, 22 March 1838.)

  War Office, March 23.
  45th Foot——Ensign John Otway Cuffe to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Tulloch, promoted; Henry John Shaw, Gent., to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Cuffe.
 (Morning Post, 24 March 1838)

  Passengers per John Whyte, arrived from Madras——Lieut.-Colonel Boys, Major Webb, Captain Macintyre, Lieut. Trench, Ensign Bates, Adjutant Hayne, Quarter-master Schoolbrand, Dr. Sieveright, Dr. Bace, 170 rank and file, 15 women, and 31 children, 45th Regiment.
(Dublin Morning Register, 27 March 1838.)

  The head-quarters of the 45th Regiment landed at Gravesend from India on Saturday last, and the same day received a route for Canterbury, where they are to be stationed for some time. The following are the names of the officers with it:——Lieut. Colonel E.F. Boys, Major Webb, Captain Macintire, Lieut. Tench, Ensign Bates, Lieut. and Adjutant Hine, Quartermaster Schoolbraid, Surgeon Sivewright [sic], Assistant Surgeon Bace.
(London Standard, 29 March 1838.)

  Marriage.——At Bow Church, London, Captain R. Stack, 45th Regiment to Caroline, youngest daughter of the late J. Trigge Esq., of Windsor. (Freeman's Journal, 30 March 1838.)

  Death.——March 11, at Malta, on his return to England from India, Captain Pigott, of the 45th Regiment, second son of John Pigott, Esq., late Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Bucks Militia.
(London Standard, 12 April 1838.)

  War-Office, April 13.
  12th Regiment of Light Dragoons——Assistant-Surgeon T. Hunter, M.D., from the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Greatrex, appointed to the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards, April 13.
  39th Foot——Surgeon F. Sievewright, M.D. from the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Surgeon, vice Hamilton, who exchanges, April 13.
  45th Foot——Surgeon A. Hamilton, from the 39th Regiment of Foot, to be Surgeon, vice Sievewright, who exchanges, April 13.
  55th Foot——Lieut. J.O. Cuffe, from the half-pay of the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Walker, appointed to the 88th Regiment of Foot, April 13.
 (West Kent Guardian, 14 April 1838.)

  Previous to the march of the depot of the 45th regiment under Capt. Reid, from Chatham, to join head quarters, the following orders were issued by Lieut.-Col. Weare, K.H., Com. Prov. Bat.:——"Chatham, 26th March, 1838. Lieut.-Col. Weare cannot allow the depot of the 45th regiment (339 strong) to leave the provisional battalion without offering to Capt. Reid his best thanks for the great zeal he has displayed, and for his effective and beneficial exertions in the command of the depot. He also returns thanks to Capt. Minter, and the other officers of the depot for their attention in the discharge of their duties, and to the non-commissioned officers and men for their good conduct. The handsome terms in which the command expressed himself to Captain Reid and the depot on Friday last at the inspection, render it unnecessary for Lieut.-Col. Weare to add anything further in commendation." (Kentish Gazette, 24 April 1838.)

  45th——Colonel Boys and the officers of the 45th regiment have transmitted instructions to Messrs Cox & Co. directing them to cause a marble slab to be erected in the parish church of Bolton, in Lancashire, to the memory of Major Poyntz, their late lamented friend, with the following suitable inscription:——"To the memory of Major Arthur Poyntz, of the 45th regiment of foot, who died at Secunderabad, in the East Indies, on the 21st day of April 1835, aged 42 years. This tablet is erected by his brother officers as a memorial of the sentiments they entertain of the public and private worth of the deceased, and of the gallant and zealous services rendered by him to his King and country during a period of 29 years." (Caledonian Mercury, 3 May 1838.)

  War Office, May 4.
  45th Foot——Lieut. A.M. Tullock [sic] to be Captain, without purchase, vice Pigott, deceased.
(London Standard, 5 May 1838.)

  From Friday's London Gazette.
  Unattached.——Lieut. J.C. Campbell, from the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Captain by purchase, vice Tulloch, whose promotion has not taken place.
 (Hampshire Telegraph, 7 May 1838.)

  Canterbury Barracks.——An inspection of the 45th regiment, lately arrived from India, and stationed in our barracks, will take place this day. The regiment has had a considerable accession of strong active young men, and will soon be in as fine military condition as any other portion of her Majesty's forces. (Kentish Gazette, 22 May 1838.)

  Mr. Jacobs, the celebrated illusionist, gives another performance on Thursday next. The throng to witness the entertainments on Thursday last, under the patronage of Lieut.-Colonel Boys, of the 45th Regiment, was so great that nearly a hundred persons were refused admittance. The highest satisfaction was afforded to the company by the skill and dexterity of the unrivalled artiste. (Kentish Gazette, 29 May 1838.)

(From the Times.)
  Intelligence of this serious riot reached us at a late hour. The accounts coming from different persons, of course vary in some particulars.
  It will be in the recollection of our readers, that in 1833 an eccentric individual paid a visit to Canterbury, and took up his abode for some time at the Rose Inn. Great interest was excited, and most persons were desirous of ascertaining who this eccentric character might be. At length an election for member for the city took place, on which occasion the gentleman in question offered himself as a candidate with extraordinary success, in the name of Sir W.W.H. Courtenay. Such were his persuasive powers that persons of all ranks felt an interest in his society; some, however, considered him insane, while others were of a contrary opinion. Eventually, Sir William, through advocating the cause of a party of smugglers on the Kentish coast, was indicted for perjury, and was tried at Maidstone before Mr. Justice Parke, on Thursday, the 25th of July, 1833. The sentence of the Court was imprisonment and transportation, but Sir William being proved to be insane, his sentence was commuted to confinement in the lunatic asylum at Barming-heath. After about four years' confinement he was released on security being given for his future good behaviour. His abode was then at the residence of Mr. Francis, of Fairbrook, in the neighbourhood of Boughton, near Canterbury. Some recent misunderstanding between Sir William and Sir Francis's family occasioned him to remove to a cottage adjoining, occupied by one Wills. Subsequently he was received at a farm-house, called Bossenden-farm, occupied by a person named Culver. From this house appears to have commenced the horrid affair we are about to narrate——an affair from which it could not be anticipated there would result such a melancholy loss of life. We now proceed to give our readers an account of the proceedings from Monday morning, the day on which several unfortunate men went in public in company with and at the command of Sir William. On Monday they sallied forth from the village of Boughton, where they bought bread, and proceeded to Wills's house, near Fairbrook. A loaf was broken asunder and placed on a pole, with a flag of white and blue, with a rampant lion. Thence they proceeded to Goodnestone, near Faversham, producing throughout the whole neighbourhood the greatest excitement, and adding to their numbers by the harangues occasionally delivered by this ill-fated madman. At this farm Courtenay stated that "he would strike the bloody blow." A match was then taken from a bean-stack, which had been introduced by one of the party. They next proceeded to a farm at Herne-hill, where Courtenay requested the inmates to feed his friends, which request was immediately complied with. Their next visit was at Dargate-common, where Sir William, taking off his shoes, said, "I now stand on my own bottom." By Sir William's request his party went to prayers, and then proceeded to Bossenden-farm, where they supped, and slept in the barn that night (Monday). At three o'clock on Tuesday morning they left, and proceeded to Sittingbourne to breakfast, where Sir William paid 25s; they then visited Newnham, where a singular treat was given at the George. After visiting Eastling, Throwley, Seldwich Lees, and Selling, and occasionally addressing the populace, holding out to them such inducements as are usually made by persons desirous of creating a disturbance, they halted in a chalk-pit to rest, and on Wednesday evening arrived at Culver's farm, called Bossenden, close to the scene of action. Mr. Curling, having had some of his men enticed from their work, applied for a warrant for their apprehension. Mears, a constable, in company with his brother, proceeded to the house of Culver, when, on application being made for the men alluded to, Sir William immediately shot the young man who accompanied his brother in the execution of his duty. Such was the excitement, and the desperate menaces of Sir William and his party, that it became necessary for the magistrates to interfere to put a stop to the proceedings, by the capture of the ringleader of the party, from whose advice to his followers the most serious consequences were likely to ensue. At 12 o'clock they assembled at a place called Osier-bed, where every means were resorted to to quell the disturbance, but without success. Sir William defied interruption to his men, and fired on the Rev. Mr. Handley, of Herne-hill, who with his brother was assisting to take him into custody. They then made their way to Bossenden-wood, where they lay in ambush, but, as no means appeared to present themselves by which the ringleader could with safety be secured, he being evidently mad and in the possession of loaded fire-arms, threatening to shoot the first man who interfered with him, it became necessary to apply for the assistance of the 45th Regiment, stationed in Canterbury barracks. On the arrival of a detachment of that regiment they proceeded to the wood, where the party were waiting their arrival.
  A few minutes previous to the attack Sir William loudly hallooed to his companions, supposed for the purpose of getting them  prepared for the fight.
  Sir William, on perceiving his opponents, advanced with the greatest sang froid and deliberately shot before the men Lieutenant Bennett of the regiment. This occasioned a return from the man covering his officer, who immediately advanced and shot Sir William, who fell and died instantly. The excitement at that period, occasioned by each party losing their commander, caused a desperate attack, which terminated in the death of 10 persons, besides the brother of the constable shot in the morning, and several others seriously wounded, of some of whom little hopes are entertained of their recovery. The weapons in the hands of the followers of Sir William were chiefly, if not altogether, heavy bludgeons.
  The following are the names of the killed:——
  Sir William Percy Honywood Courtenay, Knight of Malta, &c., supposed to be John Nicholls Tom, late of Truro, in Cornwall.
  Lieutenant Bennett, 45th.
  Edward Wraight, Herne-hill.
  F. Harvey, Herne-hill.
  E. Brenchett, Dunkirk.
  W. Burton, Boughton.
  W. Foster, Herne-hill.
  Thomas Griggs.
  W. Wry, Herne-hill.
  George Catt, constable of Faversham, killed in the execution of his duty.
  Lieutenant Prendergast, wounded in the head.
  Names of persons taken prisoners, some seriously wounded, and a few not expected to recover:——Stephen Baker, R. Hadlow, A. Toad, G. Griggs, W. Willis, R. Wraight, F. Curling, J. Spratt, Sarah Culver.
  Amongst the magistrates who endeavoured to quell the disturbance, and who exposed themselves to imminent danger, we would mention the names of Mr. W.H. Baldock, the Rev. Dr. Poore, Mr. R. Halford, Mr. Norton Knatchbull, and the Rev. C. Handley.
  A purse was found in the pocket of Sir W. Courtenay by the surgeon who examined the body. It contained a sovereign and three pence. A New Testament was also found on the person of the deceased.

  Source: London Standard, 1 June 1838; online at the British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed 2015-07-12); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
See also, "Latest Particulars——Inquest on Lieutenant Bennett——Saturday," Freeman's Journal, 6 June 1838, re: Lieutenant Henry Boswell Bennett, 45th Regiment.

  War-Office, June 1.
  45th Foot——Captain John Charles Campbell, from the half-pay Unattached, to be Captain, vice Alexander Murray Tulloch, who exchanges.
  53d Foot——Lieutenant Robert Spring, from half-pay of the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice David Richard Jones, who exchanges.
(Morning Chronicle, 2 June 1838.)

  Extract from a letter written by a correspondent to the Evening Mail, regarding the riot at Bossenden Wood:
   The more I hear the accounts of eye-witnesses, and the more I see the spot where the battle was fought, am I surprised at the foolhardy courage which could induce 40 men armed with bludgeons to attack 100 soldiers armed to the teeth. A young Irish lad, a soldier of the 45th, said to one of the prisoners, "Oh! by the powers, but I'd no notion at all at all that you Englishers fought so cruel hard." It is only just to this regiment, which, from its recent return from India, is now composed pretty generally of young recruits, to state, that the men ordered out on the occasion conducted themselves with great steadiness and temper, and ceased firing immediately on hearing the signal to that effect. There were not more than 60 shots fired; but by those 60 ten men were killed and as many more wounded."
 (Evening Mail, 6 June 1838.)

  War Office, June 8, 1838.
  45th Foot——Lieutenant Jocelyn Ingram Oakley, from the half-pay of the Regiment, to be Lieutenant, vice Bennett, deceased.
(Morning Post, 9 June 1838.)

  Military Promotions——War-Offi[c]e, June 25.
  45th Foot——Sergeant-Major W. Smith to be Ensign, without purchase, vice [W.R.] Lewis, promoted in the 2nd Foot.

(Freeman's Journal, 29 June 1838.)

  Marriage.——June 26, at the Superintendent Registrar's Office, Canterbury, W. Penny, of the 45th Regiment, to H. Horsford, spinster, of Milton next Sittingbourn. (Kentish Gazette, 3 July 1838.)

  War Office, July 27.
  45th Foot——Lieut. W.R. Lewes, from the 2d Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Walsh, who retires, July 27.

(The Examiner, 29 July 1838.)

  Deserters. ... James Holmes, of Limerick, groom, aged 20, from the 45th Foot, at Nottingham, July 16. He was an attested recruit.
(Nottingham Review, 3 August 1838.)

1838-08-04 (1)
  Birth.——On the 2d inst., the lady of Lieutenant F. Percy Nott, 45th regiment, of a son. (Manchester Courier, 4 August 1838.)

1838-08-04 (2)
  War Office, July 27.
  2d Regiment of Foot ... Ensign E. Honeywood, from the 54th Regiment of Foot, to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Lewis, appointed to the 45th Regiment of Foot, July 28.
  45th Foot——Lieut. W.R. Lewes [sic], from the 2d Regiment of Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Walsh, who retires, July 27.

(Leamington Spa Courier, 4 August 1838.)

  War-Office, August 3, 1838.
  45th [Regiment of Foot.]——Ensign Edward Lawrence Tickell, from the 50th Regiment of Foot, to be Ensign, vice Smith, who exchanges.
  50th ditto——Ensign James Griffith Smith, from the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Ensign, vice Tickell, who exchanges.

(Enniskillen Chronicle, 9 August 1838.)

  Captain Tulloch, 45th regiment, has drawn up a report on the insalubrity of West Indian climate, and the mortality of the troops on that station. (Clonmel Herald, 18 Aug. 1838.)

  The officers of the gallant 45th Regiment, stationed in Canterbury barracks, have erected a tablet in the Cathedral in remembrance of their brave companion in arms, Lieut. Bennett, who, to quote the words of the circular of the Commander-in-Chief, "fell in the strict and manly discharge of his duty," by a pistol shot from the maniac Courtenay, in Bosenden [sic] Wood. The tablet is a marble pediment, and the inscription is surmounted by a grenade, denoting the unfortunate officer to the grenadier company. With that spirit of munificence which characterises the Venerable Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral, the fees incident to the erection of this handsome tribute of respect of the officers of the regiment, amounting to nearly one hundred pounds, have been all remitted.
  The tablet, which was sculptured by Mr. Longley, of St. George's Place, bears the following inscription:——
  Within the Cloister of this Cathedral
    are deposited the Remains of
  Lieutenant of the 45th Regiment,
"who fell, in the strict and manly discharge of his duty,"
    on the 31st of May, 1838,
    aged 29 years.
  As a lasting mark of their sincere regret
  for the melancholy loss of an amiable and esteemed
  This Tablet is erected by his Brother Officers.

(Kentish Gazette, 21 August 1838.)

  Marriage.——[On Wednesday,] Sergeant James Wright, of the 45th regiment, to Miss Ann Mitchell, both of this place.
(Sheffield Independent, 8 September 1838.)

  The Murder of the Pensioner near Hertford. [Transcriber's note: William Bennett, pensioner, was murdered at Fewen.]
☛ Refer to the Morning Chronicle, 11 September 1838, pg. 1, col. 7.

  Birth.——At Canterbury, the lady of Lieutenant Oakley, 45th regiment, of a daughter. (The Champion, 16 September 1838.)

  Died.——At Toronto, Andrew Patton, Esq. formerly Major 45th Regiment. (Southern Reporter and Cork Examiner, 4 October 1838.)

  The 45th Regiment are shortly expected at Weedon barracks, Daventry. (Morning Chronicle, 16 October 1838.)

  Eight companies of the 20th Regiment have been removed from Weedon barracks, Daventry, to Manchester, and will be replaced by the 45th Regiment from Canterbury. (Morning Chronicle, 25 Oct'r 1838.)

  Deserters. ... James Tomlinson, framesmith, Sutton-in-Ashfield, aged 19 1/2, from the 45th Foot, from Nottingham.
(Nottingham Review, 26 October 1838.)

  Married.——[Nov. 4], at the Superintendent Registrar's Office, Canterbury, John Dixon, musician in the 45th regiment, to Elizabeth Beard, youngest daughter of Mr. Wm. Beard, of this City. (Kentish Gazette, 6 November 1838.)

  Rifle Brigade.——Lord Jocelyn has joined the 1st battalion in the Tower of London. Lieutenant-Colonel Hope joined and took the command on Thursday. The second battalion, it is said, will be relieved at Woolwich in the spring, by the 45th regiment. (Caledonian Mercury, 8 November 1838.)

  A dreadful accident occurred yesterday se'nnight to George Campbell, a private in the 45th foot, stationed at Canterbury barracks. He was running from the canteen to the quartermaster-serjeant's room, and fell over one of the short posts which stud various parts of the barrack-yard. He received a severe injury in the lower part of the stomach, and ruptured one of the larger intestines, which caused his death on Tuesday morning. An inquest was held before Mr. DeLasaux. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death," and directed the post to be removed, at the same time declaring their opinion that the whole of the posts in the barrack-yard were alike unserviceable and dangerous.
(Kentish Gazette, 1838-11-20.)

  War-office, Nov. 23.
  26th Foot——Assistant-Surgeon William Godfrey Bace, M.D., from the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Baird, who exchanges.
  45th Foot——Assistant-Surgeon Peter Baird, M.D., from the 26th Regiment of Foot, to be Assistant-Surgeon, vice Bace, who exchanges.
(The Era, 25 November 1838.)

  War-Office, Nov. 30.
  34th Foot——Lieut. C.B. Roche, from the 45th Foot, to be Paymaster, vice G. Ledingham, who retires upon half-pay, Nov. 30.
(West Kent Guardian, 1 December 1838.)

  War-Office, Nov. 30.
  34th Regiment of Foot, Lieutenant Charles Boyce Roche, from the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Paymaster, vice George Leadenham, who retires upon half-pay; dated Nov. 30.
 (The Era, 2 December 1838.)

  War Office, Dec. 14.
  45th Foot——Lieut. J. Killikelly, from the half-pay of the 7th West India Regiment, to be Lieutenant, vice Roche, appointed Paymaster to the 34th Foot.
 (London Standard, 15 December 1838.)

  War-Office, Dec. 25.
  17th Foot——Lieut. George Elder Darby, from the 45th Regiment of Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Stawell, who exchanges.
  45th Foot——Ensign Robert Bates to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice Killikelly, who retires; Lieut. Jonas Stawell, from the 17th Regiment of Foot, to be Lieutenant, vice Darby, who exchanges; Henry Thomas Vialls, Gent. to be Ensign, by purchase, vice Bates.
(Morning Post, 26 December 1838.)

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