First / or Grenadier / Regt. of Foot Guards
Where of H R Highness the Duke of York is Colonel
1. That Thomas Martin born in the Parish of Bromyard in or near the Town of Bromyard in the County of Hereford was enlisted for the aforesaid Regiment at Worcester in the County of Worcester on the 20th day of May 1800 at the age of Twenty Nine for Unlimited Service.
2. That he served in the Army for the space of Seventeen years and Ninety days, according to the subjoined.
3. That of consequence of general ill health acquired in Walcheren in the year 1809 he is hereby discharged.
5. That his general conduct has been good.
7. Signature of the Soldier Thomas Martin X his mark.
Witnessed W Wiltshire Capt. Gren. Guards.
8. To prevent any improper use being made of this discharge, by its falling into other hands, the following is a description of the said Thomas Martin. He is about 46 years of age, five feet ten inches in height, dark hair, grey eyes, swarthy complexion and by trade or occupation is a Mason.
9. My hand and seal of the regiment at Whitehall, London, this 17th day of August 1817.
Signature F W Bestwich Lieut Col. 9 (Lord C Bentinck)
The Agent, Paymaster, or other officer, by whom the issue of Marching Money is made to the Soldier discharged, is to insert below, the amount of the sum issued to the Soldier to enable him to return to the place of his Enlistment or Enrolment, specifying the Place to which he is to proceed and to state whether he has, or has not, been provided with a passage by sea, at the public expense.
1st Foot Guards. HRH The Duke of York.
Thomas Martin aged 46, Served 17 years 3 months
General ill health acquired at Walcheren
Bromyard, Hereford. Mason. 9d (nine old english pennies).
The following notes, taken from
"The Origin and History of the First or Grenadier Guards
" may help to show where Thomas was when he married
However as different battalions all seem to be listed together and going separate ways it is very complicated and not of much use.
|11 July 1800||Chelmsford|
|20 July 1800||Chatham|
|29 April 1802||London|
|Some at Windsor
and some to Winchester .Of those who went to Winchester,
some went to
guard the King at Weymouth during the summer and then returning to London.
|26 June 1803||Leaving those unfit for service
and the new recruits in London, they went to Chatham.
left behind saved Westminster Abbey from destruction by fire.
|July 1804||Barnham Downs, Deal|
|25 June 1806||Increase in pay from 1s 1d to 1s 2d|
|26 July 1806||Ramsgate|
|17 Aug 1806||Set sail for Plymouth, and then to Sicily|
|1 Nov 1807||Gibraltar|
|Jan 1808||Returned home to Portsmouth, and marched to Deal|
|8 Sept 1808||Sailed from Ramsgate to rendezvous at Falmouth|
|22 Sept 1808||Falmouth|
|8 Oct 1808||Left Falmouth|
|13 Oct 1808||Corunna, Portugal|
|28 Oct 1808||Disembarked 1st Battalion 1,300 First Guards|
|29 Oct 1808||3rd Battalion 1,127|
|7 Nov 1808||Lugo|
|19 Nov 1808||Villa Franca|
|23 Nov 1808||Cambanos, Astorga|
|Manoeuvres through Portugal|
|16 Jan 1809||Retreat and Battle of Corunna.|
|25 Jan 1809||Portsmouth march to Chatham|
|28 Jan 1809||Arrive Chatham receive many transfers form London to make up the lost men Walcheren|
|7 Feb 1810||6 companies of 2nd battalion left London for Portsmouth|
|24 March 1810||landed Isla de Leon, Spain|
|5 Mar 1811||Battle of Barrosa|
|3 May 1811||2nd battalion return England|
|25 May 1811||3rd battalion leave London|
|30 May 1811||Sail from Portsmouth for Isla|
|23 June 1811||Cadiz..|
|7 Sep 1812||The First battalion after return from Walcheren, was Inspected by Duke of York at Hyde Park|
|13 Sep 1812||sailed from Portsmouth for Corunna on board "Alfred"|
|26 Sep 1812||disembarked Corunna|
|24 Oct 1812||1st battalion First Guards joined|
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