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Lieut Beauclerk 33rd Foot

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Lieut Beauclerk 33rd Foot

Postby 348 White » July 5th, 2016, 7:37 pm

Does anyone have any information on this individual?

LIEUTENANT BEAUCLERK
Ensign
Lieutenant

Listed by Patterson of 5Oth foot as serving as an Ensign with the Embodied Corp of Detachments in 1809, a composite battalion that went on the Walcheren expedition of 1809.

He seems to have committed some type on indiscretion in India that made him snubbed by the 33rd's officers in mess and the situation continued, at least for a while, on the unit's return to England.

In 1814 during military operations in Holland he reported Capt Fitzpatrick for being drunk on parade and when leading a detachment to a forward picquet commanded by Captain Haigh. Beauclerk also reported Haigh for concealing the matter. (See A Collection of the Charges, Opinions, and Sentences of General Courts Martial published in 1820)

Haigh was presumably acquitted though Capt Fitzpatrick was cashiered. Thain of the 33rd referred to the start of the trial and what he saw as Beauclerk's motivation in his journal (see extracts below). I assume Beauclerk sold out of the 33rd or transferred after this, he was certainly not at Waterloo with the unit or serving with it some years later.

Kalmpthout, Monday, March 28, 1814
This day to the astonishment of us all the charges, which Lt. Beauclerk preferred against Captain Haigh and Lt. Fitzpatrick and which had been forwarded to Headquarters were sent back and these officers warned to prepare for trial.(Thain)


Kalmpthout, Wednesday, March 30, 1814
A general Court of inquiry sat at Kalmpthout today on the charges mentioned above. Lieutenant Colonel Vigoureux 30th Regiment President. The evidence that was called on was gave everyone reason to think that the charges were preferred through sheer malice to Captain Haigh and not through zeal for the service. Lt. Beauclerk had been in Coventry as it is called for more than three years in consequence of some circumstances that took place whilst the Regiment was in India and when they returned and were quarted at Hull in Yorkshire it was proposed by some officers that he should again be noticed, at which time Haigh spoke against it very strongly and was the great means of the measure not being adopted. Many suppose that this was the reason of Beauclerk’s bringing this forward. (Thain)
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Re: Lieut Beauclerk 33rd Foot

Postby 348 White » July 5th, 2016, 8:01 pm

Only other detail I can add is that Frederick Hope Pattison Gent. was gazetted as an Ensign by purchase on 10th march 1810 as Beauclerk was promoted.
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