Submission from: Robert Burnham
Editor-in-Chief The Napoleon Series
Date: August 2001
THE LETTERS OF THOMAS HIGGINS
(A Member of the English Army During The Napoleonic Wars)
Lt. Thomas Higgins
and an image of his Royal
and hence missed much of the 1st Battalion's overseas
service. His letters mentions the 1st Battalion taking
part in the expedition to Buenos Aires in 1806 and the Walcheran Expedition in 1809.
Lieutenant Higgins was in the 2nd Battalion of the 5th
Foot (Link to page about this regiment
. . . .
His sister's name is Catherine
One of the letters mentions the birth of his son...
It is announcing the birth of his first son named
Thomas Walker Higgins after himself.
Thomas (Junior) joined the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons
(Scots Greys) in 1831, served to the rank of Sergeant and
purchased his discharge in 1839 from Newbury Barracks
in Dublin. He married Jane Watson, then sailed to
South Australia. He purchased land near Currency
Creek and Goolwa, raised cattle, became lieutenant
colonel of the South Australian Volunteer Cavalry from
1861 to 1869 and died in Adelaide in 1899
Lt Colonel Thomas Walker HIGGINS 1868
photograph is of Thomas Walker HIGGINS, in uniform of Lt
Colonel, of South Australian Volunteer Military Forces
Photograph taken 1868, uniform is a blue cap with white horse
plume, garibaldi jacket and blue pants with yellow stripe,
very cavalry of the time.
Thomas William Higgins in cavalry uniform, (son of Thomas
Walker Higgins) taken 1868.
A 'coloured' photograph showing the uniform colour of the
The Letters of Sarah Higgins (wife of Lt. Thomas Higgins-English Army)
Sarah Higgins was born in 1790 and had the maiden name
of Simpson. In 1808, at Beverley Yorkshire, she married Thomas Higgins, who was 23 years old, married.
When Thomas went to Spain, Sarah and her two boys
returned to Beverley to live. Her husband was severely wounded on 21 June 1813 at the battle of Vittoria and
died on 15 July 1813. Sarah and the boys moved to
Doncaster Yorkshire, where she died in 1822. Both boys probably went to Dublin to live with their aunts,
until 1831 they joined army units. The oldest son,
Thomas Walker Higgins Jr. joined the Scots Greys and
served with them until 1839. The youngest son, William
George Higgins, joined the Madras European Volunteer Artillery Company and served with it until the 1860s.
Text of British Army Commission of Lt.Thomas Higgins
George the Third by the Grace of God, and the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. King, Defender
of the Faith, etc. To Our: Trusty and Well Loved Thomas Higgins Gent. Greeting. We do by these
Presents, Constitute and Appoint you to be Ensign in that company where of (name is indecipherable) ESQ. is
Captain in our Fifth (or Northumberland) Regiment of
Foot commanded by our Trusty Well loved Lieutenant General Richard England You are therefore carefully
and diligently to Discharge the Duty of Ensign by Exercising and Well disciplining both the inferior
Officers and Soldiers of that Company and We do, hereby, Command them to Obey you as their Ensign to
observe and follow such Orders and Directions from
Time to Time you receive from your Colonel or any other your Superior according to the Rules and
Discipline of War in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in You. Given at our Court at Saint James the
Twenty Ninth day of December 1804 in the Forty fifth
Year or Our Reign.
Entered with the Secretary of War Entered with the Commanding general of Musters By His Majesty Lord Hawkesbury
Tho. Butts (Probably a clerk)
Thos. Higgins Gent Ensign in the 5th (or Northhumberland) Regt of Foot
Links to Letters from and to Lt. Thomas Higgins
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See Also: Higgins Family of
Currency Creek, Australia
The 'above information' has been supplied by Brian Forth and the
the reference to the Currency Creek Higgins is part of Brian's Descendants
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