In a previous post I looked at the inter regimental transfer between other British regiments and the de Meurons. In looking at the waves of enlistment during the period 1806 to 1809, the August 19th 1809 intake is interesting in its homogeneity. The large number of soldiers from Flanders, Alsace, and Brabant may possibly indicate a common source. Each soldier, on enlistment was given an enlistment bounty of 4 pounds and 4 shillings which was a fair sum of money. It was common practice however that most recruits ended up in debt as they were also charged for their uniform and kit, which was one of the reason for the high desertion rates. In the table below is the list of the 19 soldiers who joined the regiment on the 19th of August 1809. The map below the list geo plots their home town at the time of enlistment where the records allow us to link to existing towns or villages. Finally the original source document for the enlistment list is thumb nailed below the map.
The source of these soldiers is at present unknown. Were they captured, as has been speculated, after the defeat of Dupont’s French army at Bailen in July 1808 in Spain or were they captured at another battle in Spain or Portugal. The only clue to the possible origin is the French service record of Jacob Contal. Born on the 19th of June 1783, Jacob Contal joined the French army on the 2nd of November 1802 as a volunteer. Contal was captured at Bailen on the 19 June 1808 and was a sergeant in the 9th Light Infantry Regiment. Another soldier from the 9th Light Infantry also joined the de Meuron’s. He is Jean Baptiste Bernardin who joined on the 17th of November 1808. In a future article I will explore all the known French soldiers who joined the de Meurons. The list is compiled from a variety of sources. The ultimate question however is, besides Contal where did the 18 soldiers who joined the regiment in Malta on August 19th 1809 actually come from.
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Commissary General of Musters Office and successors: General Muster Books and Pay Lists. WO12/11960–11967, 11972, 12018–12033, 13295. Records of other administrative departments of the War Office. Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, England.
War Office and predecessors: Militia and Volunteers Muster Books and Pay Lists. WO13/3673–3717. Records of other administrative departments of the War Office. Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, England.
War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office: Confidential Print North America CO880/1–2. Records of the Colonial Office, Commonwealth and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices, Empire Marketing Board, and related bodies. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, England.