Military General Service 1793-1814, clasp Maida – 78th Foot
To J. Bruce Serjeant 78th Foot
John Bruce was born in Wick in 1787 and enlisted 9th May 1804, serving in the 78th Foot until 9th February 1826
The 78th suffered more casualties at Maida than any other engaged in the action.
His Conduct is described as being “Remarkably Good”.
Upon his discharge he is described as “being worn out from length of service” and illness contracted in Java, aged 38: served 3 years in India and East 1814-17.
The second battalion of the 78th was raised in May 1804 and embarked for Italy where it took part in the Battle of Maida in July 1806. It also took part in the Alexandia Expedition in spring 1807. Three companies of the regiment were captured at Al Hamed near Rosetta.
During this time he served in the West Indies from the 4th July 1814 until 5th July 1817 – in Java having transferred into 1st battn. on disbandment of 2nd Battn.
With copy of printed roll, single clasp confirmed
Heavy edge knock, several bruises and contact marks to rim, thus fine.