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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby cdk » August 7th, 2015, 7:19 pm

Here's one of Richard Tunks (sometimes also spelled Tonks), who was a member of the 82nd Foot in the Peninsular War and the War of 1812.
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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Arakan » September 6th, 2015, 10:22 am

The following photos show my 3 x great grandfather, David Baker, and his Military General service Medal.
David enlisted in the Royal sappers and Miners in August 1811, at Woolwich. He was just 9 years old. I believe his father, John, was also an artificer and served in Jersey, where David was born. John died in 1807 in Jersey.
David served as a drummer until he became of age in 1820, and was retired with the rank of sergeant (Regimental number 44) on account of chronic rheumatism in 1846.
The medal clasps show his involvement in the Peninsular war, and his service record shows he also served one year in the Netherlands, many years in Canada, where he married and started a family, and six years in Bermuda prior to his retirement.
On retirement he returned to Jersey where his mother was still living and became a warder at Mont Orguiel Castle. He died in May 1871. His medal is in my possession

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » September 6th, 2015, 10:42 am

Aren't you lucky to have your ancestor's service medal and a good record of his service.
Do you know what year he served in the Netherlands?

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Re: Photographs / Portraits of Napoleonic veterans

Postby Arakan » September 6th, 2015, 7:56 pm

Good evening.

David Baker's discharge papers show the following dates:
Enlisted at Woolwich 14/8/1811
Spain 11 months
Netherlands 12 months
France 11 months
Quebec 8 years 6 months
Tried by court martial 6/1/1824 for disrespectful conduct to the Officer on duty and disobedience of orders. Found guilty and sentenced to 4 weeks solitary confinement, of which 10 days were remitted.

Married Sarah, daughter of Private John Jackson of 7th Company 1/5/1826. David was a Bugler in the 6th Company. Married at Chapel of the Holy Trinity, Quebec.
Tried by court martial 15/7/1831 for drunkenness and riotous conduct while on duty. Sentenced to 3 months imprisonment, of which 2 months were remitted.

Bermuda 6 years 6 months
13/2/1840 to 3/8/1846
Discharged from Woolwich 13/10/1846 from the 8th Company, aged 44 years and 2 months.

The Medical Report on his discharge papers states:
"He served in the Peninsular War from 1813 to 1815, and was present at the storming of Peronne (26/6/1815)and in about 10 months afterwards he was sent to Flanders and was employed in creating fortifications at Ghent. Upon the restoration of Peace in 1816 he returned to France to join the Army of Occupation. He has likewise served 15 years in Canada and Bermuda. Sergeant Baker has endured much hardship and exposure to fatigue during three different campaigns and from fever in Bermuda. He now labours under Rheumatic pains in his legs, arms, and back. His right hand, likewise, is permanently injured by an accidental explosion of the composition for Fire Balls, in the year 1820, at Chatham. Disability caused by his Military Service."

The frontispiece pages of a family bible are inscribed "For David Baker, the gift of his affectionate Mother, Susannah Baker" and dated 22/10/1846. It lists his children and their birth places:
Susana, born Quebec 1827
David Alfred, born Quebec 1829 (attested for Royal Sappers and Miners 30/11/1846. I have his South Africa 1853 medal) Mary Frederica, born Woolwich 1834
George Frederick, born Chatham 1837 (my 2 x great grandfather, a champion shot of the Royal Jersey Militia)
Richard John, born Woolwich 1839
James Alexander, born Bermuda 1843

I really need to go to the National Archive and examine the musters for the Sappers and Miners, and correlate the above with the printed history of the Corps, but work keeps getting in the way of pleasure!

I hope you found the above of interest.

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