1838: Timeline for the 45th Regiment of Foot


  • Sources are provided within (round brackets).
  • Please refer to Abbreviations for full citations of sources.

*1838-01-31: Having marched 528 miles since the 1st November, the regiment arrived at Poonamallee. (Madras, pg. 145)

1838-02-09: On landing from India, the 45th would be reorganised at Canterbury. (BNA: Freeman's Journal, 9 Feb. 1838)

1838-02-24: Arrival of the head-quarters of the regiment at Gravesend of the Minerva from Madras, with officers and 13 rank and file; to be stationed at Canterbury for some time. (BNA: The Ipswich Journal, 24 Feb. 1838; London Standard, 29 Mar. 1838)

1838-03-11: Death of Capt. Pigott, on his return from India.
(BNA: London Standard, 12 April 1838)

1838-03-23 and -24: Arrival of the John Whyte from Madras, with officers, 170 rank and file, 15 women, and 13 children. The regiment had been absent in the East for nineteen years and two months. Of the 800 men who had embarked at Cork, but 22 returned with the regiment. (BNA: Dublin Morning Register, 27 Mar. 1838; London Standard, 29 Mar. 1838; History, pg. 240)

1838-03-26: The 45th depot marched from Chatham, under Capt. Reid, to join head-quarters at Canterbury.(BNA: Kentish Gazette, 24 April 1838)

1838-05-03: Colonel Edward French Boys and the officers caused a marble slab to be erected in the parish church of Bolton, in Lancashire, to the memory of Major Poyntz, who died at Secunderabad, 21st April 1835. (BNA: Caledonian Mercury, 3 May 1838; History, pg. 238)

1838-05-22: Inspection at Canterbury Barracks. The regiment had had a considerable accession of young men.
(BNA: Kentish Gazette, 22 May 1838)

1838-05-31: Performance in Canterbury by Mr. Jacobs, the illusionist, under the patronage of Lieut.-Col. Boys.
(BNA: Kentish Gazette, 29 May 1838)

1838-05-31: Fatal riot at Canterbury, a.k.a. the Battle of Bossenden Wood. After a police constable was killed, the 45th were called to assist the local magistrates with quelling a disturbance. In the skirmish that followed, Lieut. Henry Boswell Bennett, two soldiers, and ten local people were killed.
(BNA: London Standard, 1 June 1838; History, pg. 143)

tragic scene at bossenden wood

Fatal Riot near Canterbury, or The Battle of Bossenden Wood,
31 May 1838.
Source: The Penny Satirist.
Online at Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org (accessed 2015-07-19).

1838-07-16: Deserted: James Holmes, of Limerick, groom, an attested recruit, aged 20, from the 45th, at Nottingham, July 16. (BNA: Nottingham Review, 3 Aug. 1838)

1838-08-18: Capt. Tulloch drew up a report on the insalubrity of West Indian climate, and the mortality of the troops on that station. (BNA: Clonmel Herald, 18 Aug. 1838)

1838-08-21: The officers erected a tablet in Canterbury Cathedral in remembrance of Lieut. Henry Boswell Bennett, who died at Bossenden Wood on the 31st May. (BNA: Kentish Gazette, 21 Aug. 1838)

1838-09-11: Murder of William Bennett, pensioner, at Fewen, near Hertford. (BNA: Morning Chronicle, 11 Sept. 1838)

1838-10-26: Deserters. ... James Tomlinson, framesmith, Sutton-in-Ashfield, aged 19 1/2, from the 45th, from Nottingham.
(BNA: Nottingham Review, 26 Oct. 1838)

1838-11-13: Death of private George Campbell, after an accident at Canterbury barracks. (BNA: Kentish Gazette, 20 Nov. 1838)

1838-12-20: Death of James Molloy, formerly private of the 45th, at Gedling, Nottinghamshire, by drowning.
(BNA: Nottingham Review, 1 Mar. 1839)

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