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Military General Service 1793-1814, clasp Martinique – 90th Foot.


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Military General Service 1793-1814, clasp Martinique – 90th Foot.

Military General Service 1793-1814, clasp Martinique, John Pumphries, 90th Foot

John Pumphries was born in Kilbride, Lanarkshire c 1782, and enlisted in the 2nd Battalion 90th Foot on 6th January 1807.

In 1808 he transferred to the first Battalion and joined the service companies in the West Indies at St Vincent.  In January and February 1809 he served with the Regiment in the capture of Martinique, being one of 98 of the Regiment who survived to claim the medal and clasp.

The 90th Foot had 8 Killed and 33 Wounded at Martinique; it is possible he was one of those wounded as he did not serve with the Regiment at Guadaloupe (as most of the 90th did). The Regiment only received 25 single clasp  Martinique medals

He remained in the West Indies until 1814 during which time he was sick only twice, which was remarkable considering the climate which killed so many troops in the West Indies.

In March 1814 he proceeded to Canada with the Regiment, stationed in Kingston, Queenstown and Fort Niagara in upper Canada.

He returned home with the Regiment in June 1815 and joined the Army on the continent at Paris.  On the 24th December 1815 he transferred to the 2nd Battalion in Ireland in Armagh and Cork, almost immediately moving on to a Veteran Battalion in Scotland and was discharged on the 29th May 1816. The reason given for discharge was “Impaired sight, Imperfect Vision from disease of the Optic nerve.”

He was 34 years old 5 ft 9 inches tall with brown hair and a Weaver by trade.

Note the Musters spell his surname as either Pumphrey or Pumphreys.

Provenance Sotheby 1984, Dixon 1985,

With copied Papers, rolls etc