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MILITARY - CHELSEA PENSIONERS
Who Served in Canada 1743-1882

© Compiled by Michael Russell OPC for Dorchester January 2016 (36 Records)

Records located where Soldier is indexed as having been born at Dorchester in Dorset
but many actually come from surrounding parishes


1. John BODKIN WO 120/21

    Born: - abt 1776 Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 11th Regiment of Dragoons 17th March 1819 aged 43
    Rank: - Sergeant
    Description : - 5 feet 9 inches tall brown hair gray eyes fresh complexion.
    Service: - 23 years and 11 months - 13 years as a private; 1 year 6 months as a corporal and 9 years 5 months as Sergeant]
    Complaint: - Long Service age and worn out
    Comments: - [Note:- John Bodkin was baptised at Holy Trinity Church Dorchester 20 Oct 1776 son of John & Ann BODKIN]
2. George COURTNEY WO 97/727
    Born: - abt 1820 at Affpuddle near Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Shoemaker
    Enlisted: - 2nd Battalion 60th Foot Rifles Regt No. 1183. at Jersey 10 Mar 1838 aged 18 for a bounty of £3
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet six and seven eights tall fresh complexion hazel eyes light brown hair.
    Service: - 12 years 19 days 7 years abroad 1 in Mediterranean, 2 and half years West Indies, 3 and half years North America [Canada]
    Complaint: - Medical Disability suffering from extensive varicose veins in right leg unfit for further service discharged Dublin 28th March 1850 Intended place of residence Affpuddle.
    Comments: - in possession of 1 good conduct badge 10th Mar 1845 ; defaulters book shows drunk at St John's Canada 13th Aug 1845 and Halifax 7th Oct 1846 & 4th May 1847
3. Walter CROCKER WO 97/1187
    Born: - abt 1811 at Piddletown Dorset near Dorchester
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 52nd Foot Regt No. 1213 Attestation 1st Oct 1830 Portsea Hampshire aged 19 years
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 7 inches tall; Fresh complexion; Eyes Hazel; Hair Light brown
    Service: - 22 years 243 days of which 16 years 11 months abroad - Mediterranean 2 years 5 months; West Indies 3 years 5 months; North America 11 years 1 month
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Chronic Rheumatism and heart unfit for further service Discharged 28th June 1853 aged 41 years 8 months Intended p[lace of residence Upton Canada East
    Comments: - in possession of 4 good conduct badges
4. Samuel DAMON WO 120/25 [Link to other Chelsea Records]
    Born: - abt 1789 at Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 35th Regt Foot at Weymouth aged 16
    Rank: - Private promoted to Corporal 18th Aug 1823
    Description : - 5 feet 6 inches tall; brown hair; hazel eyes; fresh complexion; visage round
    Service: - Served 4 years 10 months total service 27 years 6 months reduced for 2 years under age to 25 years 6 months. Waterloo 2 years Served from 5th Feb 1821 to 18th April 1826
    Complaint: - Medical Disability worn out discharged at Jersey 12th May 1828
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 18 Jun 1828 when aged 38 and three quarter years. [NOTE:- Also in 'Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900 35th Foot Soldiers, Depot 1817-1832' which gives actual his place of birth as Possham in Dorset. This in meant to be Portesham which is 8 miles south west of Dorchester which is the nearest large town. Samuel was baptised in St Peters Church Portesham on 30th November 1788 the son of William & Mary DAMON]
5. H [Henry] DANIELS WO 120/25 [Link to other Chelsea Records]
    Born: - abt 1788 Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 35th Regt Foot on 26 Nov 1817 aged 29
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 4 and a half inches tall brown hair hazel eyes fair complexion
    Service: - 10 years 5 months. Waterloo 6 years 7 months + 2 years + 3 Vet B.O.P. [i.e. British Overseas Possessions and is probably his time in Canada] 1 year 8 months.
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Opthalmia contracted at Guernsey 7 years ago
    Comments: - Note:- See 1851 Census Henry DANIELS resident at Tolpuddle in Dorset Head Married aged 61 years [i.e. born 1790] occupation given as a Chelsea Pensioner born at Tolpuddle with wife Hannah and children. He was born 25th January 1789 at Tolpuddle and baptised 1st Feb 1789 the son of Giles & Anne DANIEL]
6. William DAVIS WO 97/1570
    Born: - abt 1831 in the parish of Holy Trinity Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 1st Bat 60th Regt Royal Rifles Regt No.1036 Attestation 30th May 1859 age 28
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 3 & quarter inches tall Fresh complexion grey eyes brown hair
    Service: - 2 years 312 days
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Morbus Cordis Valve Infirmities of age unfit for further service. Discharged 9 Apr 1862. when description states 31 years old
    Comments: - [Note:- Medical report however talks of him being 47 years of age. It states "Opinion of Medical Officer Chatham April 24th 1862 Having examined Private William DAVIS I am of the opinion he is unfit for further service from given at debility and over age. He says he is 47 years of age and looks it". Given uncertainty over his age could be one of a number of individuals
7. John ENGLAND WO 120/20
    Born: - abt 1787 at Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - cordwainer
    Enlisted: - 1st Regt Dragoons
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 5 and half inches tall dark brown hair hazel eyes fresh complexion
    Service: - 15 years 7 months of which 2 years Waterloo
    Complaint: - Medical Disability enlarged testicle produced by a blow in the Riding School
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 5th Aug 1818 when aged 31 [Note:- John England was baptised at The Presbyterian Chapel in Pease Lane in Dorchester on 29th January 1785 the son of Thomas England and Sarah Vincent who had married at Holy Trinity Church in Dorset on 4th Feb 1777]
8. James FOX WO 97/1706
    Born: - abt 1807 born at Minterne near Dorchester Dorset;
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - Coldstream Foot Guards at Dorchester in Dorset on 10 Jan 1825 aged 18 years Discharged at his own request 31 Oct 1842 Re-enlisted Royal Canadian Rifles Toronto Regt No. 1450 15 Jan 1849
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - Height 5feet seven and a half inches tall; Fresh complexion; Hazel eyes Dark Brown Hair;
    Service: - Served 25 years and 261 days during which period he served 12 years 10 months overseas in North America.
    Complaint: - Medical Disability chronic Rheumatism both legs
    Comments: - Tried by Court Martial 5th Sept 1853 for habitual drunkenness (Note:- endemic in the army high percentage tried) Discharged at his own request 31 Oct 1842 receiving 1 years gratuity pay: Partly repaid when Re-enlisted as a Private in the Royal Canadian Rifles 15 Jan 1849 - discharged unfit chronic Rheumatism both legs at Chatham 4th Aug 1857 aged 50 [Note: James Fox was baptised in the parish of Minterne Magna Dorset on 12th January 1806 the son of James & Christian FOX]
9. Edward GIBBONS WO 97/1711
    Born: - Aug 1816 Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Baker
    Enlisted: - 82nd Regiment of Foot at Kullingar Stratmeath 7th September 1835 age 19 year and 1 month- Regt No. 888. Royal Newfoundland Companies
    Rank: - Private - Promoted Corporal 16th April 1845 - transferred to Royal Newfoundland Companies as a Private 1st Nov 1847 [served 2 years 91 days]
    Description : - 5 feet six & three quarters tall Dark complexion Hazel eyes dark brown hair
    Service: - Total service 23 years 284 days of which West Indies 3 years 4 months; Mediterranean 3 years; British North America & Newfoundland 16 years
    Complaint: - Medical Disability discharged at St Johns Newfoundland Canada as unfit 12th July 1859 age given as 42 years 10 months - intended place of residence St John Newfoundland
    Comments: - Has 4 good conduct badges tried once by court martial imprisoned 6 Nov 1850 released 20th Nov 20 Nov 1850 Good conduct pay restored 20th Nov 1852; 2nd Good Conduct restored 20th Nov 1854 3rd Good Conduct badge awarded 20th Nov 1856 [Note:- Edward Gibbons died 14th Oct 1885 aged 69 at Nunnery Hill st John's Newfoundland ]
10. William HANNAM WO 120/20
    Born: - abt 1773 at Piddle [Puddletown] near Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 2nd Regiment of Dragoon Guards
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 8 inches brown hair hazel eyes fresh complexion
    Service: - Total Service 19 years 1 month [Notes:- 5 Vetns 10 months ; Abs [Absence?] 5 years 4 months - 2 years 8 months?]
    Complaint: - reduction
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 7th September 1814 when aged 41 years --Note:- O.P.[maybe Overseas Possessions] 2nd July 1816 P.P.R.P - P.O.B. in 1822 [Note:- Not located a birth/baptism]
age 41 Remarks op 25th May 1816 PPRP

11. James HEMBRAY WO 97/1571
    Born: - abt 1836 in the parish of Rampisham near Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 4th Battalion of 60th Foot [Royal Rifles] Reg No.213 Attestation at Winchester 16 Oct 1857 when aged 19 years [i.e. born 1836]
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet four and a half inches tall Fresh complexion brown hair and eyes
    Service: - 4 years 21 days service From 16th Oct 1857 to 5th Nov 1861 Plus 98 days medical assessment paid to 11th July 1862
    Complaint: - Medical Disability discharged at Chatham medically unfit ruptured in the right side caused by a fall when skirmishing at a field day at Aldershot on 11 July 1859
    Comments: - Has 1 Good Conduct badge dated 16th Oct 1860 - no entry in defaulters book never tried by court martial - [Note:- a James the son of James & Elizabeth HIMBURY was baptised at Rampisham on 28th December 1836]
12. George HOOKEY WO 97/1707
    Born: - abt June 1819 at Happill?? [Affpuddle?] a town near Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 38078 - 7th Regiment of Foot attested at Blandford 7 March 1839 aged 20 years - Royal Canadian Rifles Reg No. 1616
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - Height 5 feet 7 inches; Fresh complexion; Brown eyes; Dark Brown Hair
    Service: - 22 years 86 days Period served abroad 21 years 4 months :- 5 years at Gibraltar; 3 and a quarter years in West Indies; 13 and a half years in North America [Canada] - - Was in 7th of Foot as a Private from 7th March 1839 to 31st March 1850 then transferred to Royal Rifles Private 1st April 1850 to 31 May 1861
    Complaint: - Discharged 13th August 1861 then aged 42 years and 2 months at his own request having served over 21 years in the army and qualified for a pension.
    Comments:- intended place of residence Red River Hudson's Bay Territory.
13. Henry HYLLYER WO 97/832
    Born: - abt 1809 in Parish of St Peters in Dorchester in the county of Dorset
    Trade: - Shoemaker
    Enlisted: - 71st Regiment of Light Infantry Reg No. 305 for a bounty of £4 - on 9th March 1826 at the age of 17
    Rank: - Private 1st Service after the age of 18 which he is entitled to reckon up to the 30th Sep 1839 is:- 8th March 1827 to 26th July 1829 appointed Bugler 27th July 1829 to 3rd Oct 1830 returned to Private 4th Oct 1830 to 30th Sep 1831 appointed Bugler 1st Oct 1831 to 15th Nov 1836 returned to Private 16th Nov 1836 to 30th Sep 1839 Further service from 1st Oct 1839 to 8th Jan 1840 when finally discharged.
    Description : - 5 feet six inches tall; fair complexion; hazel eyes fair hair - On discharge 5 feet 11 inches Fair hair Hazel eyes and pale complexion aged 30 years and 6 months
    Service: - Served 12 years 207 days :- served 2 years and ten months in Bermuda; Six years and seven months in Canada and the remainder at home
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Report: "Case of Private Henry HILLIARD No.305 71 Regiment: Labourer 30 years of age 13 years 1 month service of which 7 years in Canada, 3 years Bermuda and rest at home. Disease Phthisis pulmonary has laboured under physical symptoms since 1828. The disease now has assumed a more decided character of late, and the patient has for some time laboured under dyspnoea and palpitations, sight ???. loss of appetite and emaciation.His employment at a bandsman (Instrument the trombone has proved very injurious to his health and treatment in this country is not likely to prove beneficial. His character is good. The board are of the opinion that the conduct of Private Henry Hellier has been that of a good and efficient soldier seldom in Hospital trustworthy and sober and moreover the court has to record that he has won since the 29th July 1837 one distinguishing ring for good conduct and that he has received the additional pay attached to that distinction. Discharged 8th Jan 1840
    Comments: - [Note:- Henry Webber HELLIER the son of Ann HELLIER was born in St Peters Parish on 28th Oct 1809 and baptised in St Peters church on 10th December 1809. He appears to have been illegitimate and Webber may have been the fathers surname to help ensure that maintenance was paid - If so common to drop the second name in adulthood.]
14. Thomas JACKSON WO 120/20
    Born: - abt 1775 at Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Weaver
    Enlisted: - 3rd or Kings Own Regiment of Dragoons
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - height 5ft 8 quarter inches; hair brown; eyes dark; complexion fair
    Service: - Served total of 25 years and 11 months Reductions and Long Service
    Complaint: - none stated
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 25th Feb 1819 when he was aged 44 years. [Note:- Thomas JACKSON was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Dorchester on 10th March 1778 the son of Edward & Elizabeth JACKSON.]
15. Edward KEATES WO 120/ 28
    Born: - abt 1786 at Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 3rd April 1809 - 81st Regt of Foot
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - illegible
    Service: - 18 years and 5 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Pulmonia affection & chronic Rheumatism
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 5th Sep 1827 when aged 41 years Note:- In addition to the Chelsea Pensioners file he is listed in the 'Canada British Regimental Registers of Service for the 81st Regt of Foot' on ancestry.com 77th entry on 2 consecutive pages - - As Edward KEATES 5 feet 4 inches tall aged 23 years Description Complexion - fair, Visage - round; Eyes -grey; Hair - brown; Born - Dorset; Parish - Dorchester; Trade - Labourer; enlisted by - Capt Cole ; where - Plymouth; when - 3rd April 1809 ; casualties; discharged - 27th May 1816 unfit for further service after 7 years of service paid 1shilling pension for life [Note:- Have been unable to locate baptism in Dorchester several possibilities closest is Edward son of Thomas & Mary Keats baptised 20th June 1786 at Upwey which is near Dorchester]
16. Robert LAKE WO 120/21
    Born: - abt 1795 Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Joiner
    Enlisted: - 16th Regiment of Dragoons
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5feet 9 inches tall hair dark eyes grey complexion fair
    Service: - 8 years and 5 months plus 2 years at Waterloo total 10 years 5 months service
    Complaint: - Medical Disability opacity of cornea
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 1st May 1822 when aged 27 [Note:- Robert LAKE was baptised in the parish of Holy Trinity in Dorchester on 16th August 1795 the son of William and Sarah LAKE]
17. John LEGG WO 120/25
    Born: - abt 1771 at Dewlish near Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 35th Regiment of Foot Resident
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 5 and a half inches tall brown hair grey eyes dark complexion
    Service: - 18 years 8 months plus absent in 3? B.O.P.[British Overseas Possessions] 2nd July 1821 until 24 Oct 1821 added 1 year 7 months total service 20 years 3 months
    Complaint: - Long Service
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 18 Mar 1818 when aged 47[ Note:- Not located baptism in Dewlish but many residents in Dewlish had their children baptised at St Martins in nearby Cheselbourne where there is a baptism of a John the son of Joseph and Mary Legg baptised on 19th Nov 1773 which may be him]
18. Thomas MILLER WO 120/7
    Born: - abt 1739 at Dorchester County of Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards
    Rank: - ?
    Description : - ?
    Service: - 25 years
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Rheumatism
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 18th Dec 1788 when aged 49 [Note:- Thomas MILLER was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Dorchester on 23rd May 1738 the son of Clement Miller]
19. George MITCHELL WO/120/30
    Born: - abt 1777 at Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - Rifle Brigade
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 8 and a quarter inches tall brown hair grey eyes fresh complexion
    Service: - 17 years 4 months plus 6 months in Caithness Fencibles total service 17 years 10 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability 'worn out from service'
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 26th Dec 1818 aged 40 years [Note:- Not located birth/baptism]
20. Joseph NOAKES WO 97/738
    Born: - abt 1820 in the parish of Cerne Abbas near the town of Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Shoemaker
    Enlisted: - 1st Battalion of the 60th Regiment of Foot - Reg No.1598 for a bounty of £3. 17s 6d Attestation at Windsor Berkshire date 29th Dec 1840 when aged 20 years
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet eight and a quarter inches tall; dark complexion; hazel eyes; dark brown hair no distinctive marks
    Service: - at home 180 days at 26th June 1841; Further service from 27th June 1841 to 25th Aug 1841 60 days total service 240 days.
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Surgeons report - 2 words? - I am of the opinion his disability is the result of natural causes, and not referrible (sic) to any vice or intemperance of his own . Conduct in Hospital good 26th July 1841. Disability According to the surgeons report annexed it appears that this is a case of disease arising from natural causes without being attributed to neglect design his intemperance and the Regimental Board approve of the opinion of the Surgeons it is shown by the proceedings of the Board hereto annexed. Principal Medical Officer Chatham 22nd July 1841 After examination at this General Hospital I am of the opinion that Joseph NOAKES is unfit for service and likely to be permanently disqualified for military duty from Pulmonary Consumption.
    Comments: - [Note:- Joseph NOAKES the son of Joseph & Rebecca NOAKES of Acreman Street Cerne Abbas was baptised at St Mary's church in Cerne Abbas on 23rd Nov 1816 - His father was a journeyman fellmonger.]
21. Joseph OLD WO 97/1709
    Born: - abt 1823 at Piddletrenthide near Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - Royal Canadian Rifles Regimental 62nd Foot Reg No. 198 Attestation at Salisbury date 12th Dec 1842 aged at enlistment 19 years
    Rank: - Private - Promoted to Corporal 5th Jan 1853; Tried 6th Mar 1853 & Imprisoned [Drunk when orderly Corporal] reduced in rank to Private 11th Mar 1853.
    Description : - Final Description when discharged at Windsor Ontario Canada aged 44 years 5 feet 7 inches tall; Fair complexion Hazel eyes, Dark Brown Hair
    Service: - 25 years 15 days of which 16 years 5 months abroad [at East Indies 4 years 3 months; Cape of Good Hope 1 year 1 month; Guinea 1 year 1 month; Malta 10 months Canada 9 years 5 months]
    Complaint: - None - Discharged at his own request having qualified for a pension
    Comments: - 28th Dec 1867 Conduct has been very good in possession of 5 good conduct badges appeared 6 times in Reg defaulters book and tried once at Field Court Martial. Final destination on discharge Windsor Ontario Canada [Note:- Shown in 1841 Census Piddletrenthide Joseph Old age band 20 to 24, Agricultural Labourer born in Dorset but not located a baptism- Also Listed in the 1871 Canadian Census for Ontario district of Essex sub district of Windsor Joseph OLD Male aged 52 born in England profession Hostler widowed]
22. Samuel PAYNE WO 97/1126
    Born: - abt 1775 at Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - R.N. Salant 31st Oct 1804 Transferred to 4th Royal Veteran Battalion 25th Dec 1813
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - Five Feet six inches tall; Light Brown Hair; Grey Eyes; Fair Complexion aged 37 years on 13th Jan 1812
    Service: - R.N.Salant From 31st Oct 1804 to 24th Dec 1813 8 years 55 days Plus 4 R.V.B. From 25th Dec 1813 to 24th Sep 1815 2 years 274 days Total Service 10 Years 329 days
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Has lame left leg Discharged 24th Sep 1816
    Comments:- The Battalion being ordered to be disbanded has lame left leg and is desirous of staying in Canada until the decision of the commissioners of Chelsea is known [Note:- Marriage at Quebec Canada: Samuel Payne private Soldier in his Majesty's Tenth Battalion Single Man aged 32 years was married (by licence) to Maria Ann GRIFAR of the City of Quebec Spinster daughter of Antoine GRIFAR [GRIFFARD] of the parish of Quebec aged 23 years this 15th day of February in the year of Our Lord 1813 both their marks. Family Tree on Ancestry.com said to have had children with descendants and died 1841 St-Catherine de la Jacques Cartier ]
23. David PITMAN WO 120/23
    Born: - abt 1774 All Saints Parish Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Cordwainer
    Enlisted: - 9th Regiment of Foot
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 7 itches tall;
    Service: - Served 19 years 8 months plus Overseas Possessions 1 year 7 months Total Service 21 years 3 months
    Complaint: - Age and Long Service
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 17th March 1819 when aged 45 [See his 2nd marriage to Jane Orchard widow at St Georges Church Fordington 23rd may 1836 for more background information]
24. William PORTER WO 120/25
    Born: - abt July 1782 Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Cordwainer
    Enlisted: - 35th Regiment of Foot abt 1805
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 8 inches tall; brown hair, brown eyes, fair complexion
    Service: - 12 years and 1 month
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Epilepsy discharged June 1817
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 5th June 1817 when aged 35 years [Note:- Also appears in the Canada British Regimental Register of Services 35th Foot soldiers :- "PORTER William Height 5 feet 8 inches aged 28 years 150 days complexion Fair Visage Round Eyes Hazel Hair Brown Where born Dorsetshire Parish of Stafford trade cordwainer Served 2nd Battalion 35th of Foot From 14th April 1805 to 24th Feb 1817 Discharged 25th Dec 1816. [Note:- William the son of John & Sarah PORTER was baptised at West Stafford in Dorset which is only 2 miles east of Dorchester on 9th January 1785]
25. John REYNOLDS [RAYNOLDS] WO 120/23
    Born: - abt 1788 at Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 5th Regiment of Foot
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 7 inches brown hair hazel eyes and fair complexion
    Service: - Two years 2 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability fractured legs by fall from a horse
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 3rd May 1816 when aged 28 Annotation restored 13th Sep 1820 [Note:- The only John REYNOLDS I can locate in Dorchester was was baptised 10 years earlier at St Peters Church in Dorchester on 29th Nov 1778?]
26. Joseph RODGERS [ROGERS] WO 120/31
    Born: - abt 1773 at Trinity Dorchester Dorset [Note:- Almost certainly a reference to Holy Trinity Parish in Dorchester]
    Trade: - Plasterer
    Enlisted: - Garrison Battalion and 88th Foot Regiment
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 9 inches tall; Light [brown?] hair; Grey eyes; Fair complexion
    Service: - 1 year 3 months in Garrison Battalion and 18 years 8 months on 88th Foot Regiment 3 years in West India; Total Service 21 years 5 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability wounded in the left thigh and diseased Pisciva? [Foot?]
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 20th Oct 1816 when aged 43 years [Nearest baptism located Joseph ROGERS son of Francis Rogers and Ann Canterbury Bap HT 3 Oct 1779 with another brother. May have been born circa 1777 at earliest]
27. George SAMWAYS WO 97/1574
    Born: - abt August 1847 at Cattistock Dorset
    Trade: - Groom
    Enlisted: - Entry 92954 1st Battalion 60th Regiment of Foot Royal Rifles at Salisbury Reg.No. 1777 on 31st July 1868
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 7 inches tall; Fair complexion; Grey eyes; Brown hair
    Service: - 1st Bat 60th From 31 July 1868 to 28th Feb 1869 = 213 days transferred to 2nd Bat 60th Foot from 1st Mar 1869 to 20th March 1869 = 20 days Total service 233 days plus 31 days whilst being medically assessed.
    Complaint: - Medical Disability palpitation of the heart Discharged being found unfit for further service 20th March 1869 when 21 years 7 months old
    Comments:- Intended place of residence Cattistock Dorset [Note:- George SAMWAYS was baptised at Cattistock on 26th August 1847 the son of John & Ann SAMWAYS and returned there and is shown living with his parents in the 1871 Census].
28. James SANSOM WO 97/940
    Born: - abt 1783 in the parish of Moreton in or near the town of Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - coach wheelwright
    Enlisted: - 1st Battalion 84th Regiment of Foot
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 4 inches tall; brown hair; grey eyes; dark complexion
    Service: - 3 years 177 days from 11th June 1812 to 24th Nov 1815 returned from bangalore to Isle of Wight for assessment; Discharge service recorded as 4 years 2 months plus 1 year 4 months in East India making 5 years 6 months.?
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Scrofula unfit for further service Discharged 7th August 1816
    Comments:- Aged about 32 found unfit by regimental doctor at Bangalore on 24 Nov 1815 [Note:- James was baptised in the parish of Moreton on 2nd May 1784 the son of John & Ann SANSOM]
29. Robert SPICER WO 97/1502
    Born: - abt 1847 in the parish of Holy Trinity in Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - butcher
    Enlisted: - 34th Regiment of Foot Reg No. 1357 attested at Wareham on 2nd Apr 1868 when aged 21 years
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 6 inches tall; fresh complexion; hazel eyes; dark brown hair
    Service: - From 2nd April 1868 to 24th Aug 1869 1 year 145 days + 14 days
    Complaint: - Medical Disability short sight it is supposed to have existed before his enlistment although not discovered until subsequent to his arrival at Aldershot - Admitted to Hospital 4th June 1869 etc. unfit for further service Discharged 7th Sep 1869 aged 22 years 4 months intended place of residence Dorchester
    Comments: - Conduct has been good [Not identified]
30. William James STICKLAND WO 120/30
    Born: - abt 1790 Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - clerk
    Enlisted: - Rifle Brigade
    Rank: - Corporal
    Description : - brown hair blue eyes
    Service: - 1 year 9 months as Corporal Total Service 3 years 2 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability continence of urine by a severe injury of the Perimdam by a fall 6th June 1817
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 18 Mar 1818 when aged 28 years Annotation D.D.12167 [Not Identified see also general Chelsea pensioners Records]
31. John STRICKLAND WO 120/
    Born: - abt 1804 Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - labourer
    Enlisted: - 45th Regiment of Foot
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 6 inches tall; sandy hair grey eyes fair complexion
    Service: - 2 years 8 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability viceral obstructions with great debility
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 21 May 1828 when aged 24 paid a pension of 9 pence? per day conditional for 2 years - Note:- Pension confirmed until 24 June 1831 and extended several times [Not identified]
32. Richard THOMPSON WO 120/25
    Born: - abt 1782 Woodsford near Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 35th Regiment of Foot
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 8 inches tall; brown hair grey eyes fresh complexion
    Service: - 12 years 11 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability defective vision by ophthalmia in Egypt by sand getting into his eyes
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 18 Mar 1818 then aged 36 years [Note:- Richard was the base born son of Elizabeth HODDER and James THOMPSON the reputed father who lived together and had a number of children together in Woodsford. He was the 2nd child of that name the first baptised on 10th Dec 1780 was buried there on 6th June 1781. Elizabeth Hodder had a daughter Sarah baptised at Woodsford 20th Oct 1782 and again James Hodder is recorded as the reputed father. Elizabeth renamed their next son Richard and he was baptised on 8th Feb 1784 with the same annotations as to parenthood.]
33. Richard VATCHER WO 120/31
    Born: - abt 1785 at Boggington? Dorchester Dorset [Note:- This is a reference to 'Bockhampton' a hamlet within the parish of St Michael's at Stinsford only 2 miles from Dorchester]
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 43rd Regiment of Foot and Third Garrison Battalion
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 7 inches tall brown hair grey eyes
    Service: - 12 years 5 months 43rd Foot and 1 year 7 months 3rd Garrison Battalion Total service 14 years Overseas Possessions 30th June 1821
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Pulmonic affection
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 22nd Oct 1816 when aged 31 years [Note:- Richard the son of Andrew & Susannah VACHER was baptised at St Michael's church in Stinsford on 18th September 1785]
34. John WARREN WO 97/590
    Born: - abt 1798 in the parish of Symondsbury near Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Tailor
    Enlisted: - 43rd Light Infantry Regiment of Foot Reg. No. 250 for a bounty of £3 Attestation date at Exeter in Devon 30 Nov 1819 when aged 21 years
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 8 and three quarter inches tall; grey eyes fresh complexion light brown hair with scar on left cheek
    Service: - In total amounts to 22 years 155 days of which he served abroad for 8 years 2 months being in Gibraltar for 7 years and Portugal for one year 2 months
    Private from 29th Nov 1819 to 3rd Sep 1830 = 10 years 279 days; Tried by Regimental Court Martial and sentenced to ten days imprisonment which do not count towards pension years. Imprisoned 4th to 13th Sept 1830 Back to duty as private 14th Sep 1830 to 29 Apr 1839 8 years 228 days promoted to Corporal 30th April 1839 to 30th Dec 1841 = 2years 245 days; Prisoner in Guard Room from 31st Dec 1841 to 3rd January 1842: Tried by Regimental Court Martial and sentenced to be reduced to the rank of private and to forfeit penny a day of his pay for 30 days: reduced to private served from 4th January 1842 to 16th May 1842 = 133 days Total Service 22 years and 155 days
    Complaint: - Medical Disability Private John WARREN labours under general debility and incapacity for Military duty. He is unable to carry his knapsack or bear the fatigues of a march. He has not been in hospital latterly nor does he appear likely to derive any benefit from medical treatment from his impaired constitution After twenty two and a half years service I am of the opinion that he is a fir object for discharge this debility does not seem to have been aggravated by vice or intemperance. Found unfit for further service due to general debility.28th June 1842 and discharged at Londenderry when 43 years and 5 months old
    Comments: - His Character is good. It appears that he was tried by a Regimental Court Martial at Gibraltar on the 30th August 1830 for highly disrespectful conduct towards Serjeant Cragg. He was again tried by Regimental Court Martial at Londonderry on 3rd January 1842 for having been ??? ??? at Lifford ??? the 31st December 1841 when left to give over the Barracks there upon the Relief of the detachment to which he had belonged
35. Joseph WILLIS WO 120/21
    Born: - abt 1780 Stratton near Dorchester in Dorset
    Trade: - Labourer
    Enlisted: - 11th Regiment of Dragoons
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 6 inches tall brown hair; grey eyes and pale complexion
    Service: - 15 years 8 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability: Severe wound with grape shot in the right leg in action in the Peninsular 18th July 1812
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 9th Dec 1814 the aged 34 Annotation D.D. 30/9/14 E21333 [Note:-Joseph WILLIS was baptised at Stratton in Dorset on 16th September 1781 the son of Charles Sloan Willis by his wife Elizabeth nee Brown. The 11th Light Dragoons were part of Wellington's great victory over Marmont at Salamanca on 22nd July 1812 but by 3rd April 1813 they had to give up their horses and embark for England much to the regret of Sir Stapleton Cotton who was in command of the cavalry in the Peninsula. It had been a hard two years for them having lost 417 men and 555 horses]
36. John WINZOR [WINZAR WINZER] WO
    Born: - abt 1786 Dorchester Dorset
    Trade: - Farrier
    Enlisted: - 2nd Life Guards
    Rank: - Private
    Description : - 5 feet 8 and a quarter inches tall brown hair grey eyes fresh complexion
    Service: - served 9 years 10 months private; 23rd Dragoons 6 years 7 months and Waterloo 2nd Dragoons 3 years 2 months Total service 19 years 7 months
    Complaint: - Medical Disability: Chronic Visceral disease & affection of the Chest and Liver
    Comments: - Admission to Regimental Register of Pensioners 31 Oct 1827 when aged 41 years [The only likely baptism appears to be John the son of John & Dinah WINZAR of Fordington baptised at St Georges Church on 17th Aug 1783]


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