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ARMY OF INDIA 1799, CLASP, NEPAUL AWARDED TO A DRUMMER IN THE 66TH FOOT WHO AFTER SERVICE DURING THE GHURKHA WAR, SERVED IN ST HELENA FROM 1817 GUARDING THE LATE FRENCH EMPEROR NAPOLEON UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1821

ARMY OF INDIA 1799, CLASP, NEPAUL ‘DRUMMER J. HARDY, 66TH FOOT’ SHORT HYPHEN REVERSE

John Hardy a 17 year old labourer from Fife, Dunfermline, enlisted into the 66th Foot at the Isle of Wight on 6 May 1813. Initially classed as an under age Private, he was promoted Drummer on 1 January 1829 but was reduced to Private on 13 July 1833. Promoted Drummer again on 2 December 1834, he was finally discharged from the Army on 8 November 1836, after 25 years and 293 days adult service (1 year extra under age), Surgeon noting him being ‘worn out’ through service. He was aged 40 at this time.

Service papers note he served abroad in the East Indies and St Helena, between 6 May 1814 and 20 August 1821 and an addition 2 years in Canada, where he was serving at the time he left the Army.

Regarding conduct, Hardy’s ‘conduct has been that of a good efficient soldier, seldom in the hospital till of late, trustworthy and sober’

Given his service, Hardy served with the 1st Battalion of the 66th Foot, who served during the Ghurkha War in Nepaul 1815-16. In 1817 the battalion served in St Helena as guards for Napoleon, who was being held captive there. The regiment remained as Guards for Napoleon until the late Emperor died in May 1821

https://www.napoleon-on-st-helena.co.uk/hm-66th-foot/2/

Though Hardy was not promoted Drummer until after his service in Nepaul, the original medal gives his later rank and notes he had served in Captain Allis’s company during the campaign.

Condition NEF. A fine example of the Nepaul clasped medal.

Code J3050        Price £