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19th Century 41st Regiment of Foot service book
« on: January 28, 2016, 01:25:23 AM »
From my small collection of British service books is this example dating to the 1860's for the Peter Jones of the 41st Regiment of Foot which later became the Welsh Regiment.  I have shown it with two 20th century examples and two AB64 small books.

Army service book from the mid 19th century, it is to Peter Jones regimental no 328 who appears to have served for 12 + years with the 76th (East India Company)  and then from 1860 served with the 41st Regiment of Foot (The welsh regiment). It lists him serving on Corfu, Malta, the America's and he had a wife in Halifax Nova Scotia which was Britain's main deep water port in North America. It lists his monthly pay, items issued to him,his promotions to corporal twice and his reduction to the ranks in between and his leaving the army due to disability and more besides. It seems that it comprises to service books, one for each regiment as many of the pages are duplicates and one set is loose within the cover.

The 76th arrived on Malta in March 1851 (though the exact date is incorrect, being 10th in his document and 27th in the Malta records, though he might have counted his service from when he left Corfu?) after serving on Corfu

27 Mar 1851: 319 men, 33 women, and 55 children arrived from Corfu.
2–9 Apr 1851: 678 men, 53 women, and 104 children arrived from Corfu.

Strength 1 Nov 1851: 994 men.

Location: HQ Cottonera.

and stayed there until 1853 when

Strength: 910 men. HQ Valletta.

10 Mar 1853: 700 men, 43 women, and 100 children 76th Foot left for Halifax Nova Scotia on the steam ship Simoon.

Also searching the 41st (Welsh) regiments documents I found this from the same source as the Malta information above, which shows that the Depot Bn was in Preston from 1860 to 1865, so he was with them in 1861, but it does not explain how he was in Sunderland in 1862, whilst the 1st Bn was in Adershot in 1861 and later in Newcastle from 1862 to 1863 after being in Sheffield, which probably explains him being in Sunderland -see below. In 1864 the 1st Bn were at the Curragh in Dublin, so this fits well enough as they often were spread over quite large areas at a time when official barracks were few and far between. It makes sense with the Sunderland and Belfast entries that the unit had detachments spread over a very wide area as this was common practice during this period.

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