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Charles Hodder (1805–1860), British Army service record

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Part of the Regimental Board form, British Army service record, for Charles Hodder, dated 21st September 1844.
Regimental Board form (part) for Charles Hodder (c.1805–1860), 3rd Buffs, British Army. Image credit.

The following are transcripts from: (I.) the Regimental Service Register for Charles Hodder’s service with the 1st Foot Soldiers, 4th Battalion in Canada, 1822; and, (II.) the British Army service and discharge record for Charles Hodder (c.1805–1860) of Croydon, Surrey. Private Hodder served with the 3rd (Buffs) Regiment in Australia and the East Indies.

I. WO 25: Regimental Service Register, 1822 1

Name: Hodder  Charles
Size at enlistment: 5ft. 5-1/2in.
Age at enlistment: 17 years
Under the heading, Description:
– Complexion: Fair
– Eyes: Hazle [sic]
– Hair: Brown
Where born: Croydon Surry [sic]
Trade or occupation: Baker
Under the heading, Attestation:
– Place: QueenSquare
– Date: 24 December 1817
– For what period of service: Unlim’d

II. WO 97: Discharge Documents 2

— Page 1:

Unlimited Service.
Attestation for Regiments.
   [Extract:] Charles Hodder, a baker, born in the parish of Croydon in the County of Surry [sic]; aged seventeen; 5ft. 5-1/2in., fair complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair. Enlisted himself for the bounty of £3 to serve in H.M.’s 3rd Regiment of Foot, commanded by Lieut. General Sir H. Clinton, on 26th April 1822; found fit for service on 27th April 1822.

— Page 2:

Articles of War.
Third Regiment of Foot
Date  Twenty Seventh
I hereby certify, That the above named Recruit Charles Hodder was enlisted at London on the 26th day of April 1822 by The [illegible] Officer
[signed:] A. Thomas [St 5672 T O(?)]
[Gtes?]mediately Appeard[?[ at London April 29th 1822
[signature:] [illegible]wald  Lt Col  IFO

Declaration of Recruit.
[signed by:] Charles Hodder, [having been] strictly questioned by Lieut. Thorne  56th Regiment  Superintending Officer

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Her Majesty’s 3rd Buffs Reg’t of Foot
Whereof General K.A. Earl of Effingham G.C.B. is Colonel.
(Place and Date) Allahabad Fort  21st September 1844.

Proceedings of a Regimental Board,
held this day, in conformity to the Articles of War, for the purpose of verifying and recording the Services, Conduct, Character, and cause of Discharge of No. 327 Private Charles Hodder of the Regiment above-mentioned.

President   Lieut Colonel J O Clunie CB
Members   Captain J T Airey, Lieut W J Dorehill

The Board having examined and compared the Regimental Records, the Soldier’s Book, and such other Documents as appeared to them to be necessary, report that No. 327 Private Charles Hodder by Trade a Baker was BORN in the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surry [sic] and was ATTESTED for the 3rd Regiment of Foot at London on the 27th April 1822 at the Age of Seventeen Years  that after making every Deduction required by Her Majesty’s Regulations, the SERVICE up to this day, which he is entitled to reckon, amounts to 20 years, 157 days
    at New South Wales  4 years, 6 days
    in the East Indies 17 years, 151 days

and further that his DISCHARGE is proposed in consequence of dibility [sic] and worn out constitution

With regard to the CHARACTER and CONDUCT OF No 327 Private Charles Hodder the Board have to report, that upon reference to the Defaulter’s Book, and by the Parole testimony that has been given, it appears that his general Character has been Indifferent

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No. 327 Private Charles Hodder being asked to what date he has been paid, answered that his Account is balanced up to the latest period required by the Regulations; and being further asked whether he has any claim on the Regiment for Arrears of PAY, ALLOWANCES, or CLOTHING, answered that he has received all just demands, from his entry into the Service up to the 30 September 1844 and in confirmation therefore, affixes his signature hereto.

Signature of Charles Hodder, affixed to page 4 of his British Army service record on 30th September 1844.

The Board have ascertained that No 327 Private Charles Hodder Soldier’s Book is correctly balanced, and signed by the Officer Commanding his Company, and they declare, that they have impartially enquired into, and faithfully reported upon all the matters brought before them, in accordance with the Regulations and Instructions issued by Her Majesty’s Orders.
[signed by the President and Members of the Board.]

Detailed Statement of Services of No 327  Private Charles Hodder
– Private, 27 April 1822 – 26 April 1823, under age.
– Do., 27 April 1823 – 31 Dec’r 1828, 5 years, 249 days.
– Do., 1 Jan’y 1829 – 11 Dec’r 1831, 2 years 345 days.
– Tried on the 12th Dec’r 1831 and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, 12 Dec’r 1831 – 11 June 1832.
– Private, 12 June 1832 – 29 April 1835, 2 years, 322 days.
– Tried and sentenced on the 30th April 1835 to 6 weeks imprisonment, 30 April 1835 – 10 June 1835.
– Private, 11 June 1835 – 18 July 1836, 1 year 38 days.
– Tried and sentenced on the 1st August 1836 to 6 months imprisonment, committed 19 July 1836 – 18 Nov 1836. Released by order of Major Gen’l Commanding Division.
– Private, 19 Nov 1836 – 2 Jan’y 1842, 5 years, 45 days.
– Obtained one distinguishing Badge for Good Conduct, 10 May 1841.
– Promoted Corporal, 3 Jan’y 1842 – 1 Dec’r 1843, 1 year 333 days.
– Deprived of Good Conduct Badge for 12 months, 12 January 1843.
– Confined 2 Dec’r 1843, tried by Regimental Court Martial 5 Dec’r, 1843, sentenced to be reduced.
– In confinement, 2 Dec’r 1843 – 7 Dec’r 1843.
– Released, Private, 8 Dec’r 1843 – 30 Sept 1844, 297 days.
Total of the foregoing statement, 20 [years], 169 [days].

The foregoing Report is hereby confirmed b me J Dennis Lt Colonel  Commanding 3rd Regt. of Foot or Buffs & M General

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Medical Report: From 1838 to 1841, suffered on several occasions from intermittent fevers. Although of late he has had no organic disease, his constitution is much enfeebled, thereby rendering him unfit for active service. His disability is attributable to long service in India.
Signed C.A. Go[-]ll[-]h[-]d
Asst W Buffs [?] in Med’l Charge

Horse Guards. 25th Feb 1845.
THE DISCHARGE of the Man above mentioned is approved by the Commander-in-Chief.
[signed:] Wm [?] C[illegible]

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HMs 3rd Regiment of Foot.
   We do hereby certify that No. 327 Charles Hodder Private in Her Majesty’s 3rd Regiment of Foot (or Buffs) has been fully clothed or settled with on Account thereof up to the 30th September 1844 and that he has not received or won any article of Clothing the property of the Colonel nor been paid any compensation in lieu thereof for the present year except the following viz
   6 months compensation from 1st of April to 30th September 1844 @ 2s 9d per Month. £0-16-6.
J. Dennis, Lieut Colonel,
Commanding the Buffs.
Major General H. Williams,
Q Master HMS 3rd Buffs.
Dated at Allahabad this 21st Day of September 1844.

— Page 7 & 7a:

No 327
Record of the Services of Charles Hodder
First Enlisted into the Army, for the 3d Reg’t. of Foot, on [blank]
Attested for the said Regiment
on the 27th of April 1822, at the Age of 17 Years and 4 Months.
3rd Regt.
Private, 27 April 1822 to 26 April 1823  Under age
Private, 27 April 1823 to 31 Decr 1828  5 years 249 days
Total Serve up to 31 Decr 1828  5 years 249 days
Served five Years and Two Hundred and forty nine days as Private.
East Indies from 3rd May 1827 to 31 Decr 1828. / Half Period  304 days
Total Service up to Decr 1828  6 year 188 days
Six Years & One Hundred & Eighty Eight days
L H [–] ol. [–]
K Campbell M[–] [–]

Source citation for this page: — British Army Service Records, 1760–1913. Charles Hodder (c.1802–1860) of Croydon, Surrey; Private, 3rd (Buffs) Regiment. Original record held by The National Archives (Kew, Surrey); archival ref. WO 97/252/83. Transcript by Alison Kilpatrick; hosted online at Arborealis,, accessed [insert date of access].

Image credit: Regimental Board form (part) for Charles Hodder (c.1802–1860) of Croydon, Surrey; Private, 3rd (Buffs) Regiment. Source: British Army Service Records 1760–1913, op. cit. Edited by Alison Kilpatrick, 2021.

See also: — Details of Charles Hodder’s early life and life as a pensioner, including his four known wives.

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  1. British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756–1900. Charles Hodder born c.1805 in Croydon, Surrey; trade: baker; Private, 1st Foot Soldiers, 4th Battalion. Original record: The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, UK; ref. WO 25, piece 316. Digital image online at Ancestry™ (accessed 2015-04-11; transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick).
  2. British Army Service Records, 1760–1913. Charles Hodder (1805–1860) of Croydon, Surrey; Private, 3rd (Buffs) Regiment of Foot. Original record held by The National Archives (Kew, Surrey); archival ref. WO 97/252/83. Digital images held online by FindMyPast™ (accessed 2012-02-16; transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick).