MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793, 2 CLASPS, NIVELLE, ORTHES ‘JOSEPH WALSH 6TH FOOT.’
Joesph Walsh, a 20 year old Weaver from Blackburn, enlisted into the 6th Foot on 7th July 1812. After service in the Peninsular, France, North America and the East Indies, Walsh transferred to the Royal Newfoundland Company on 25th July 1827. He was finally discharged as unfit on 30th June 1837. On Discharge, Walsh’s Service record states ‘that his general conduct has been indifferent’ and he served.
‘In the east Indies two years and five days, in France and Spain four years and four months, North America one year, Cape of Good Hope four years and four months, was present at the battles of Vittoria, Nivelle, Orthes and at the Seige of Fort Erie in America, In Newfoundland nine years and nine months and the remainder at home’.
The 6th Foot saw little action at battle of Vittoria on 21st June 1813. However at the battle of Nivelle on 10th November 1813, they were responsible for taking the French redoubts around St Pee. At the battle of Orthes on February 27th 1814, the 6th were very heavily engaged, in particular around the village of St Boes. During the battle they lost 2 Officers and 27 OR’s Killed and 10 Officers, 114 men wounded. At one point during the battle, Wellington himself brought the regiment into action.
In May 1815, Walsh proceeding to Canada to take part in the ‘American War’. With his regiment he was present at the at the siege of Fort Erie in September 1814. Here his regiment was heavily engaged repulsing the American sortie on the 17th September.
More often than not, if 1812 War service is indicated in a soldiers discharge papers, it will just say ‘Service in Canada/North America’. However its nice to have a medal to a soldier who is confirmed as being at one of the battles/actions. Papers also indicate he was additionally entitled to Vittoria clasp but for some reason he did not claim it.
Condition VF, couple of small EK’s, nice dark patina. Sold with Copy service records. Ex Glendinnings 1964.