July to December 1834: Timeline for the 45th Foot

Notes:

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

* The regiment embarked for service in Ceylon on the 29th Jan., 1819, and had been headquartered in India since that date. (History, pg. 132)

*1834: “During the regiment’s stay at Secunderabad fever raged in the regiment. … So great was the sickness in October that the regiment was moved out under canvas with a view to checking it.” (History, pg. 137)

1834-07-04: Field Day in the park, Dublin; for two hours, engaged in manœuvering; passed in review before Major-General Sir E. Blakeney. (BNA: Southern Reporter & Cork Commercial Courier, 5 July 1834)

*1834-08-03: Lord Hill, commander-in-chief in Madras, wrote: “The General commanding-in-chief did not fail to observe that courts-martial in the regiment since the previous inspection were very limited in number; and, moreover, that no case of corporal punishment had occurred. This statement has been very satisfactory to Lord Hill, who considers it very creditable to the commanding officer and other officers of the regiment, as evidencing on their part a degree of zeal in the discharge of their respective duties by which the above essential object has no doubt been mainly attained.” (History, pp. 137-8)

1834-08: A detachment of the 45th embarked for India.
(BNA: Caledonian Mercury, 21 Aug. 1834)

*1834-12-31: Medical report prepared by Dr. Watson, surgeon of the Regiment: The strength of the regiment on January 1st was 622 at head-quarters, 9 at Poonamallee, and 5 at Masulipatam, total 636. 89 recruits joined during the year. During 1834:

  • 123 sick were carried forward from 1833, 2152 were admitted to hospital, 2275 treated, 2115 discharged, 127 died, with 85 remaining in hospital at December 31;
  • fever became seriously aggravated during the 3rd quarter, and accounted for 1125 cases, of whom 10 died;
  • dysentery accounted for 318 cases, of whom 30 died;
  • hepatitis accounted for 273 cases, of whom 23 died;
  • exposure to the sun and night air, intoxication, and irregularities in diet were often causes for sickness, but not of the epidemic or endemic sort for which Madras was notorious;
  • seventy-five men of the 45th regiment died in hospital in Madras Presidency, and five were invalided;
  • two officers, eight women, and four children died.
    (Madras, pp. 125-32, 150)

Please cite your sources.

News transcripts for July to December, 1834.

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