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52nd Regt of Foot, 1813

Postby Arakan » June 15th, 2015, 10:15 pm

Hello all. I'm new to this forum but not to family history and so on, but have a specific research problem I hope you can help me with.
I have two brothers, Richard and Thomas Batts, born in East Meon, Hampshire, who both attest for the 52nd Regt of Foot at Dunbar in December 1813. I have a cryptic note that Richard may have previous service with South hants light infantry militia.
Was there an affiliation with this militia and the 52nd Foot, and why would these brothers, and many other Hampshire lads enlist in Scotland?
I look forward to hearing from you.
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Re: 52nd Regt of Foot, 1813

Postby jf42 » June 15th, 2015, 11:59 pm

is it possible, although I can't think why, the South Hants Militia were on duty up on the coast of southeast Scotland and men of the regiment were invited to volunteer for a draft of the 52nd? Or is it possible that while with the South Hants they attested in Dunbar for regular service and were later assigned to the 52nd- who were down in Spain at the time?

Pretty thin, I admit. The previous Colonel of the 52nd , Sir John Moore (d. 1809) had been a Scot but he was not an East Lothian man, and Dunbar is a long way for a cadre of the 52nd (Oxfordshire) to go on a recruiting drive, although Edinburgh is reasonably close. Admittedly, recruits were beginning to run thin by 1813.

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Re: 52nd Regt of Foot, 1813

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » June 16th, 2015, 9:15 am

A warm welcome to the forum, David.

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Re: 52nd Regt of Foot, 1813

Postby 348 White » July 21st, 2015, 9:18 pm

A factor in a militia man's destined unit was sometimes the down to the preference of a militia officer who encouraged a sizable body to transfer with him. Wheeler fancied following a Militia officer he respected into the 95th , but ended up in the 51st as he decided to stick with the largest group leaving his Militia Regt.

Haythornthwaite notes that the 3rd West Yorks Militia from 1805-14 only had 15% of volunteers into the regulars join one of the several Regiments from Yorkshire. Recruiting parties could be far ranging , the 33rd (1st West Yorks) had a recruiting officer's detachment in Exeter in 1812.
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