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Thomas Austin 2/35 Foot

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Re: Thomas Austin 2/35 Foot

Postby jf42 » January 16th, 2018, 10:15 pm

348 White wrote:I have a copy of Old Stick Leg: Extracts of the Diaries of Major Thomas Austin that was edited by Brig. Gen H.H. Austin and I also have a postcard of a portrait believed to show Thomas a young Light Company Ensign during his Napoleonic service.

The editor referred to the existence of a collection of correspondence that Austin had from various army officers serving in the British Army 1814 and beyond to the 1815 campaign. Does anyone know if the collection survived, the book was published in the 1920's? Possibly Bristol Museum might have taken them, but I got no particular help when I tried to contact them some years ago.

348, I have just read your OP more carefully. The most likely alternative places for it to be deposited ( if, as you say, the correspondence survived- after all Bristol was bombed in WW2) would have been the Green Howards Museum who can be contacted at:

- I found them very helpful in the past- "We'd love to hear from you" - as the website says.

Either that, or perhaps the National Army Museum, Chelsea, might know something.
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Re: Thomas Austin 2/35 Foot

Postby 348 White » January 20th, 2018, 8:06 pm

Thanks for the advice.
Re the portrait, it is of an unnamed (and apparently young) 35th Light Company Officer. The postcard gives a date of 1809, not sure if this is accurate, if so it's the year before Austin joined the 35th. nether-the-less, it shows the uniform he would have worn.
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