THOMAS HARRISON'S ARMY CAREER

1812, 22nd December. Thomas enlisted as Jonathan Midgley at Manchester

1813, March. Transferred from Kirby's Detachment to Capt. & Adjut. Edmund Yeamans Walcott's Detachment at Woolwich

1813, July -- 1814, July. Served in the Peninsula War.

1813, July & August. At the Siege of San Sebastian.

1813, September. Attached to Captain George Bean's D Troop, (still in Walcott's Detachment).

1814, January. Attached to Lt. Col. James Webber Smith's F Troop.

1814, April. At the sortie at Bayonne.

1814, July. F Troop disembarked in England (56 men at Woolwich on the 6th, a further 13 on the 13th, then 107 men at Dover on the 31st).

1815, May. F Troop went to Belgium armed with 6-pounders. Attached to the Hussar Brigade.

1815, 17th and 18th June. Thomas at the Battle at Waterloo; on the second day, F Troop was “so severely handled by a body of French Infantry, which had succeeded in creeping through some tall rye till quite close, that it had to be withdrawn for a time”.

1815, 8th July. At the capture of Paris.

1816, January. F Troop returned to Woolwich; on the 17th 142 men disembarked at Ramsgate and Dover (2 men left behind in France).

1817, January. The Muster Rolls for the first time show him as Thomas Harrison alias Jonathan Midgley, suggesting that back in England he had been recognised.

1817, 1st December. Thomas raised from Gunner (3rd Class) to Gunner (2nd Class) on completion of seven years service (which included two years credit for service at Waterloo). (His enrolment anniversary date, 21st December, had therefore been amended to 1st December. Even more strange, at a later date it was amended again, this time to 1st October.)

1818. F Troop became E Troop.

1818, 12th March. Thomas deserted. He went home to find and bring back his wife Elisabeth.

1818, 15th May. Thomas re-enlisted at Woolwich; date subsequently misrecorded as 5th May 1818.

1819, March. Troop went to Ringmer, Sussex

1820, 7th May. His daughter Elizabeth and son Joseph (now almost age 7) were baptised at Ringmer.

1822, 25th August. His daughter Hannah was baptised at Ringmer, and buried there on 12th November following.

1823, June 1823. E Troop went to Limerick, Ireland.

1824, 1st October. Thomas raised to Gunner (1st Class) on completion of fourteen years service.

1825. E Troop went to Athlone.

1826. E Troop went to Island Bridge, Dublin.

1826, 11th October. His daughter Anne was born at Dublin.

1828. E Troop returned to Woolwich.

1829, 27th June. His son George was born at Charlton Barracks, Woolwich.

1830. Thomas fell off a baggage waggon at Woolwich.

1831, 19th October. E Troop taken on York strength.

1832, 11th September. His daughter Ellen Hutchinson was born at York.

1832, December. E Troop at Tadcaster during this month.

1834, 12th May. E Troop marched from York to Leeds.

1835, January. E Troop at Harewood for the Leeds and Yorkshire elections.

1835, May. E Troop at Harewood for the West Riding elections.

1835, 11th June. Thomas at the Royal Ordnance Hospital, Woolwich.

1835, 17th June. He appeared before a Regimental Board at Woolwich, to consider his request for discharge.

1835, 23rd June. He was medically examined at Woolwich.

1835, 7th July. Thomas was discharged from the army.

His service career as a Gunner was summarised as follows:

1/10/1812 - 12/3/1818 (deserted)          5 yrs  163 days

5/5/1818   - 7/7/1835 (discharged)      17 yrs    64 days

                                      Waterloo credit   2 yrs

                                                     Total     24 yrs  227 days

His discharge records also show :

Of his service: One year Peninsula, was present at the Siege of San Sebastian, Sortie of Bayonne, Battle of Waterloo, Siege of Cambrai and 9 months France, the remainder in England and Ireland.

Of his character: his general conduct has been that of a good and efficient soldier, seldom in the Hospital, trustworthy and sober.

Of his description: age 40 yrs. 281 days, a clothier by trade, 5 ft. 10. 1/4 in. height, had grey eyes, fresh complexion and light brown hair.

Cause of discharge: Chronic Rheumatism.

Also, at his medical examination in June 1835 it was ascertained that :

“about five years ago, when on duty at Woolwich, he fell from a Baggage Waggon and received a severe hurt in his right side. He has always felt the injury of the part, but latterly he has suffered pains in the side, particularly when on horse-back. He is likewise much troubled with Lumbago, and weakness of his lower limbs.”

Thomas’ stated age at discharge from the army (40 yrs, 281 days on 7th July 1835), suggests his date of birth was on or about 19th September 1794. Thomas and Elisabeth returned to Stanningley, where he was a clothier.