EDWARD FRANCIS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
SURNAME:Francis also recorded as Frances
FORENAMES:Edward
BORN:1800
AT:St Antonio, Jamaica, West Indies (Port Antonio)
OCCUPATION[S]:Labourer
RELIGION/DENOMINATION:.
FATHER:.
MOTHER:.
SIBLINGS:.
OTHER RELATIONS:.
NOTES:Black
1st REGIMENT NO:.
2nd REGIMENT NO:.
ENLISTED:11 November 1818
ATTESTED:.
HEIGHT:5'9"
DESCRIPTION:Black complexion, black hair, black eyes
TROOP NO:Dec 1821: Troop 2
TROOP CAPTAIN:.
RANK:1818: Private
1821: Private, Trumpeter
PROMOTIONS:From Private to Trumpeter 05 August 1821
REDUCTIONS: .
DESERTIONS:.
COURT MARTIALS:.
GIVEN UP TO:.
GOOD CONDUCT BADGES:.
MEDALS:.
EMBARKATIONS:.
DISEMBARKATIONS:.
CAMPAIGNS:.
OTHER DUTIES:.
TRANSFERRED FROM:Volunteered from 20th Light Dragoons 11 December 1818
TRANSFERRED TO:.
DISCHARGED:06 October 1821
DISCHARGED TO OUT PENSION:.
ADMITTED TO OUT PENSION:.
MEDICAL REASON:.
PENSION DISTRICT:.
NOTES:.
DISCHARGED BY PURCHASE:.
FREE DISCHARGE:.
DISCHARGED ON REDUCTION:.
DISCHARGED WITH IGNOMINY:.
DISCHARGED UNFIT:Unfit for regiment
COMPLETED LIMITED SERVICE:.
POST DISCHARGE MILITARY SERVICE:Enlisted in 1st Foot Guards 15 October 1824 aged 24 as Private and Drummer.
Discharged at own request on 27 November 1840, receiving 12 months pay.
Character on discharge was good.
Some doubt as to age on discharge. He was possibly 36 years 11 months, not 40 years.
POST DISCHARGE OCCUPATION[S]:.
NOTES:An anecdote tells how a black military bandsman was strolling down the Strand when he was accosted with the question: `Well blackie, what news from the devil?'
He knocked the questioner down, remarking, `he send you that - how you like it?'
Both R. Nevill in British Military Prints (Connoisseur Publishing Co. 1909) and Paine in the Nego Drummers of the British Army in Royal Military College Magazine and Record XXXII (1928.22) suggest that the bandsman concerned is Francis of the Grenadier Guards. Both use the spelling `dat' for `that' and wrongly identify Francis as coming from Martinique.
DIED:.
BURIED:.
WILL:.
BENEFICIARY:.
NEXT OF KIN:.
PRIZE MONEY:.
NOTES:.
TNA SOURCES:WO/12/634-635
BL SOURCES:.
OTHER SOURCES:Grenadier Guards R155
`Staying Power, The History of Black People in Britain.' by P. Fryer (Pluto Press, London and Boulder Colorado, 1984) p. 88
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4th Light Dragoons Index

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