MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP EGYPT TO THOMAS KENAH, LT. 58TH FOOT.
General Sir Thomas Kenah joined the Army as an Ensign in the 5th Foot on 14 August 1799 and within weeks embarked for Holland to take part in the Helder Expedition. On 19 September 1799 Kenah took part in the Battle of Bergen, where the Anglo Russian Army was defeated by the French/Dutch, loosing over 4000 men. During the battle, 2 battalions of the 5th Foot formed part of the 8th Brigade under H.R.H. Prince William.
Promoted Lieutenant on 9 May 1800, on 27 March 1801 Kenah transferred to the 58th Foot. In 1801, Sir Ralph Abereromby assembled an invasion force at Malta to land in Egypt, the 58th foot serving in a large Brigade, known as the Reserve, under Sir John Moore, the invasion fleet arriving off Aboukir Bay on 1 March 1801. In the small hours of the 8th, all the landing craft were filled and quietly rowed to an off-shore rendezvous. At 8 a. m. the boats, each carrying fifty men, pulled for the shore, covered by two gunboats. As the range closed, French gunners opened fire, throwing up columns of water drenching the men, while the French infantry poured volleys into the boats. On landing, Moore's Reserve and the Guards Brigade formed up by battalions and advanced up the beach despite the inferno. The 42nd Highlanders, finding themselves under cavalry attack, were saved by the fusillades of the 58th. Both regiments then advanced up the beach to clear their front. While still forming, the Guards, to their left, were also assailed by French horse, but the 58th were at hand and checked the enemy, allowing the Guards, to form a front and help repulse the horsemen. Within two hours, after some further skirmishing among the dunes, the beach-head was secured. The 58th had lost 10 killed and 47 wounded. The regiment further took part in the battles of Madora and Alexandria and other minor actions.
Kenah was promoted Captain on 3 March 1804 and served in Sicily between 1808 and 1812. From July 1812, he served on the coast of Spain, as Assistant, and afterwards as Deputy-Adjutant-General at the Head of the Department, having been promoted Major on 5 November 1812. He was present at the battle of Castilia, and was also present at the siege and capture of Genoa in 1814. Awarded the brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel on 14 April 1814, in 1818 he was created a C.B. Promoted Colonel 22 July 1830 and Major-General 23 November 1841 and received a reward for distinguished service from parliament. He was invested a K.C.B. in 1865. General Sir Thomas Kenah died on 26 March 1868, at which time he was serving as Colonel of the 63rd (West Suffolk) Regiment of Foot.
Army List entry;
‘Sir Thomas Kenah served in Holland in 1799, and was present in the action of 19th of Sept. – as well as in several minor affairs. In Egypt, under, under Sir Ralph Abercromby in 1901; in Sicily from 1808 to 1812; subsequently, on the coast of Spain, as Assistant, and afterwards as Deputy-Adjutant-General at the Head of the Department, and present at the battle of Castilia, as also several other affairs. Served also in at the siege and capture of Genoa in 1814. He has received the Gold Medal from the Grand Seignior for the Egyptian campaign, and also the Silver Medal with one Clasp’. 4 Officers and 15 other ranks of the 58th Foot received the clasp for Egypt. Further entitled to the Sultan’s Gold Medal and the K.C.B. A portrait of the General wearing his medals was sold at action in 2011 and 3 CDV photographs of him are held the National Portrait Gallery collection.
Condition edge bruise at 9 o’clock (not effecting naming), otherwise VF, original ribbon and button suspension. Sold with some copy research