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William John Trowsdale ca 1785 - 1844 2nd Life Guards

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William John Trowsdale ca 1785 - 1844 2nd Life Guards

Postby pavonia » January 5th, 2018, 5:20 pm

Hello, my direct ancestor was William John Trow[u]sdale born ca 1785 in Gilling, Helmsley, Yorkshire.
I found this snip from an 1832 newspaper
Morning Advertiser 30 Apr 1832:
St Mary-le-bone; 2 guineas reward...William Trowsdale hath deserted his Child James aged 4 years whereby he has become chargeable to this Parish. He is about 6 ft high, very stout, fair complexion, dark hair and blue eyes, by trade a umbrella maker, was formerly a pensioner in the 2d Life Guards at 6d per diem which pension he sold about 1 year ago . Whoever will apprehend [either of] the above shall receive the reward.
His wife Sarah had died in 1830. They had children born in 1806, 1808, 1811, 1813, 1818, 1823, 1828 & 1830.
This led me to the army records on which gave me the following
There is an 1814 discharge record for William Trousdale of 2nd Life Guards, born Gilling circa 1785. Discharged aged 30 as a consequence of having been ruptured in Portugal. " 5 ft 11 in dark hair/dark eyes/dark complexion
and this
First name(s) William
Last name Trowsdale
Rank Private
Regiment 2nd Life Guards
Enlistment year 1804
Enlistment day 14
Enlistment month Jan
WO25 reference 872

So - is there any information as to the postings of the 2nd Life Guards 1804 - 1814, and what battles might William have fought in, including his fateful time in Portugal. He seems to have fathered children throughout his 10 year army career so must have been in England on many occasions.

Thank you for any information & help, pavonia
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Re: William John Trowsdale ca 1785 - 1844 2nd Life Guards

Postby Owen » January 5th, 2018, 10:33 pm

Hello Pavonia,

Welcome! My main interest is the Battle of Waterloo, but also the Peninsular campaign. The Life Guards arrived in Portugal (from London) towards the end of 1812. I would recommend that you read the Historical Record of the Life Guards, which is is open source and free to download online. It will certainly provide much of the information you have asked for and perhaps arm you with sufficient insight to be able to focus down into particular areas of interest. The link to the book is here

Happy reading!

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Re: William John Trowsdale ca 1785 - 1844 2nd Life Guards

Postby Josh&Historyland » January 8th, 2018, 9:51 pm

I think the Life Guards missed the celebrated actions of Salamanca and Villagarcia, but I think they were present at Vitoria and Toulouse, though the heavy cavalry did not as far as I remember charge. However if your man was 'ruptured' in Portugal he wouldn't have been at either.

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