Discharge document, 1816
Discharge documents can tell you a lot about your ancestor. Those dated 1760–1854 are listed on TNA’s catalogue. The documents themselves aren’t there, but should be on Ancestry or Findmypast
1 REGIMENT DISCHARGED FROM
in this case the 2nd Battalion of the 89th Foot.
2 SOLDIER’S NAME
John Harris. Only rarely is there more than one first name quoted.
3 NAME OF PARISH BORN IN
Parish, clarified by the name of nearest large town or its county.
4 REASON FOR DISCHARGE
Here it’s due to the reduction of the battalion (it’s 1816 and the war’s over) but it’s more usually being wounded, sick or ‘worn out’ ie unfit through age.
5 THE CORPS
(or Regiments served in) and between which dates.
6 RANKS HELD AND FOR HOW LONG
John Harris was only a private but could have reached Sergeant Major.
7 LENGTH OF TIME SERVED
in the East or West Indies (where service counted double because of risk of illness).
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