MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP, JAVA ‘J. LESLIE, K.H. CAPT. 69TH FOOT’
Lieutenant-General John Leslie was commissioned Ensign in 69th Foot on 7 August 1807 and Lieutenant, 2 June 1808. The 69th at this time was serving in Southern India and with his Regiment, Leslie took part in the taking of Travancore, during the rebellion there in 1808. Promoted Captain 30 November 1809, over the next 2 years, he would take part in various joint Army and Royal Navy expeditions. In 1810, he took part in the capture of French held islands of the Isle of Bourbon and the Isle of France:
Shortly after the capture of the latter, in mid 1811, Captain Leslie took part in the expedition to and capture of Java. During the campaign he was present in the attack on Weltevreeden, on 10 August, the Franco-Batavian sortie to capture of British batteries at Fort Cornelis, 22 August. Here the 69th, who formed the outlying picket, helped to repulse the attack. In the early hours of the 26 August, Leslie and his company took part in the storming of the Fort by the British, the assault costing the army 630 in killed and wounded; see the history of the 69th for details of the campaigns 1808-11) and:
After the capture of Java, the he 69th returned to India, Captain Leslie next taking part in the Southern Maharatta War (Pindarree War) of 1817 and was promoted Major 1 January 1819. His latter promotions and service were as follows: Lieut-Colonel (unattached) 29 August 1826, Lieut-Colonel 4th Foot, 25 January 1839, Brevet Colonel 23 November 1841 Half Pay 29 November 1848 and Major-General 11 November 1851. He was made Knight of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order (K.H.) during this time. Exact date not located but it is mentioned on every Army List entry from 1840 onwards. He also received a reward for distinguished service from parliament on 15 December 1852. Finally appointed Colonel of the 35th Regiment on 26 September 1857 and promoted to Lieutenant-General on 26 October 1858, he died on 12 February 1861.
Army List entry:
‘John Leslie was at the taking of Travancore in 1808, and also at the, after which he served with the 69th Regiment in Java and was present in the engagements of the 10th, 22nd and 26th August 1811. He also served in the Pindarree War of 1817, and with the Army of Occupation in France. ‘
Condition, couple of EK’s and contact wear from K.H. around 4 o’clock, otherwise VF. Nice long original ribbon with broach buckle. Ex GLEN. APR 1933 & SEP 1963. DNW Nov 2004. Sold with copy record of service and other research including the history of the 69th Foot (on CD)