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MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793-1814, 1 CLASP, GUADALOUPE ‘JOSEPH MOSS, ROYAL WEST INDIA RANGERS’

Joseph Moss was born in the Parish of Witham, Essex, and enlisted into the Royal West India Rangers on 18 February 1807. He served in the West Indies for 8 years 326 days, for the most part as a Drummer, and was discharged at Dominica on 16 June 1816, having completed his period of service.

The Royal West India Rangers were formed from European soldiers drafted in from the Royal Africa Corp in 1806. Later convicts were recruited from British prisons as well as French prisoners of war who wanted to escape imprisonment. RWIR’s saw action in two invasions of the French island of Guadeloupe in 1810 and 1815.

Only one officer and nine men from this regiment received the medal. Moss is shown on Mullens’ roll as Edward Moss, this a transcript Error by Mullen, both Original roll and Service papers (both included) are clear he was Joseph Moss. The Original medal roll additionally notes The Moss served in Captain Kennedy’s Company and was a bugler at Guadaloupe.

Sold with copied discharge papers and both original medal rolls included.

Condition NVF, couple of EK’s. A very rare medal.

Code J1318         Price £1995