Circular Nötice.- Pension to Disabled Officers.

from 25th December 1811, in all cases in which the injury may have been suss tained previously to the 25th December 1810; and from the expiration of a year and a day, in the instances of wounds received subsequently to that date.

In executing these His Royal Highness's commands, I beg to assure you, that it gives me much gratification to comniunicate to you this additional and striking proof of His Royal Highness's most gracious attention to the merits and services of the British army; and I request that you will use the earliest means of inaking the same known to the officers of the regiment une der your command. I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient hum. ble servant, (Signed)


COPY.--Regulation for granting Pensions to Officers of his Majesty's Land

Forces, losing an Eye or a Limb on Service. IF an officer shall be wounded in action, and it shall appear upon an inspection made of him by the army medical board, at any period not sooner than a year and a day after the tinie when he was wounded, that he has in consequence of his wound lost a limb or an eye, or has totally lost the use of a limb, or that his wound bas been equally prejudicial to his habit of body with the loss of a limb; such officer shall be entitled to a pension, commencing from the expiration of a year and a day after the time when he was wounded, and depending as to its amount upon the rank he held at that period, according to the scale annexed. This pension, being granted as a compensation for the injury sustained, is to be held together with any other pay and allowances to which such officer may be otherwise entitled, without any deduction on account thereof.

Officers who shall have lost more than one limb or eye, shall be entitled to the pension for each eye or limb so lost.

And as the pension is not to commence till the expiration of a year and. a day from the date of the wound, it is to be independent of the allowance of a year's pay, or the expences attending the cure of wounds, granted under the existing regulations.

Applications for this pension are to be made in the same manner in which claims for the year's pay are now made to the Secretary at War*; and must always be accompanied by the certificate of the army medical board, if the officer applying is at home; and by that of the principal medical officer on the station where he is, if the officer is abroad.

In the latter case, bowever, the officer must, as soon as he returns home, be inspected by the army medical boardt, and transmit their certificate to the secretary at war. ·

All officers who may have sustained such an injury as would entitle them to this pension, by any wounds received since the commencement of hustilities in the year 1793, will, upon the production of the proper certificate from the army medical board, be allowed a pension proportioned, according to the

* Viz. By the agent of the regiment to which the wounded officer belongs.
+ The office is at No. 3, Berkeley-street, Berkeley-square.

London Gazette.-Dispatches from Major-Gen. Ross.

scale, to the rank they beld at the time when wounded, and commencing fiom the 25th December, 1811.

This allowance will be granted in general according to regimental rank, but in cases in wbich, in consequence of their brevet rank, officers shall have been employed at the time when they were wounded, in discharge of duties superior to those attached to their regimental commissions, it will be given by the brevet rank, Given at the War-office, this 20th day of June, 1812. By command of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the nanie and on the behalf of His Majesty, (Signed)


Rates of Pensions.

.... $300

Scale referred to in the preceding Regulation.
RANKS.-Field Marshal, General, or Lieutenant-general command-

ing in chief at the time.—To be specially considered. Lieutenant-general ...

2400 Major-general, or Brigadier-general commanding a brigade ..... £350 Colonel; Lieutenant-colonel; *Adjutant-general; *Quarter-master

general; * Deputy-adjutant-general, if chief of the department; *De

puty Quarter-master-general, if ditto ; Inspector of hospitals Major commanding

£250 Major; * Deputy Adjutant-general; * Deputy Quarter-master-general; Deputy Inspector of hospitals

£200 Captain ; *Assistant Adjutant general; * Assistant Quarter-master

general; *Secretary to the commander of the forces; *Aide-de-camp; * Major of Brigade; Surgeou Regimental; Payınaster; *Judge Advocate; Physician; Staff Surgeon; Chaplain ..

£100 Lieutenant; Adjutant ....

£ 70 Cornet; Ensign; Second Lieutenant; Regimental Quarter-master; Assistant Surgeon; Apothecary; Hospital Mate; Veterinary Surgeon ; Purveyor; Deputy Purveyor.....

.. £ 50 The Officers marked thus (*) to have the Allowance according to their Army Rank, if

they prefer it.


AUGUST, 1812.



DOWNING STREET, July 1, 1812. A dispatch, of which the following is a copy, has been this day received at Lord Ba

thurst's office, addressed to the Earl of Liverpool, by Major-general Ross, commanding at Carthagena, dated May 22, 1812.

London Gazette.- Dispatches from Major-Gen. Ross. MY LORD—I HAVE the honour to transmit herewith, for your lordship’s information, the copy of may dispatch of this date, addressed to major general Cooke, giving an account of the capture of the city of Almeria by a sinall Spanish force, which I lately informed your lordship bad been embarked at this port, in British transports, under the orders of captain Adam, of his Majesty's slip Invincible. I have the honour to be, &c.

Andrew Ross, Major-general.


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Extract of a letter from Major-general Ross, to Major-general Cooke, dated Carthagens,

May 22, 1812. My letter, No. 17, of the 16th instant, would advise you of the progress of a combined expedition to the westward of this, according to the information which I had received up to that date. The result has now justified the sanguine hopes that every one entertained of the success of operations carried ou under the direction of an officer of the zeal and ability possessed by captain Adam, of his Majesty's ship Invincible. Nothing could be better-timed than the movements of general Freire, wlio, in consequence of the information I sent to General O'Donnell, made an attack upon enemy and drove him from Baza on the 13th, the same day on which the force under tlie command of captain Adam appeared off Almeria; that officer having judiciously taken time to send on shore, at some distance from the place, to ascertain the strength, position, and movements of the enemy, learned that they were in the place to the number of four or five hundred, including cavalry, and had not as yet made any detachments to assist in opposing general Freire; but early on the 14 instant, it appears that the French general had sent three couriers to Almeria, (no doubt ignorant of this expedition) to order the garrison to join him immediately, which it proceeded to do accordingly, and as it marched out, captain Adam landed the three hundred Spanish troops he had with him, under the command of colonel Alveor, and took possession of the place.

The consequence of this has been, that captain Adam has been enabled to take or destroy, a'privateer and her two prizes; to blow up the castle of San Elmo, which is situated upon an almost inaccessible rock, and all the sea defences and batteries which protected the anchorage of this place, and formed a secure resort for the numerous privateers which have been long an annoyance to the British and Spanish trade on this coast.

Captain Adam has also embarked all the serviceable guns, carriages, and ordnance stores he found in the place, totally destroging the remainder, and was busily employed on these services, and in forwarding the embarkation of a quantity of sulphur and lead from the king's mines, at six leagues from that place, under the direction of a Spanish Intendente, who had joined him with one hundred cavalry from Nijar, when he wrote to me on the 18th instant, in answer to the express I sent to bim by a gun-boat, to acquaint him of general Freire's retreat before a superior force of the enemy at Baza. General O'Donnell was with me here two days, when he received dispatches from general Freire and colonel Alveor, informing him, that the inhabitants of Almeria had received the Spanish troops with the most enthusiastic demonstration of patriotism, on their entering that place on the 14th instant, and as, by the destruction of the fortificetions, that port can no longer be useful to the enemy, either as a safe rendezvous for privateers and their prizes, or as a point d'appui to the right flank of their advanced position from whence they have hitherto annoyed general O'Donnel's army, it is to be hoped that these loyal inhabitants will be relieved from any future visits of their tyraunica! oppressors, when the Spanish troops are withdrawn.

London Gazette.--Major-Gen. Campbell.-- Admiral Lord Keith.

DOWNING STREET, July 1, 1812. A dispatch, of which the following is a copy, has been this day received at ford Bathurst's

ofice, addressed to the earl of Liverpool, by lieutenant-general Campbell, commanding at Gibraltar, dated June 8, 1812.

My LORD-I have the honour to inform your lordship, that a severe action took place on the 1st instant, between general Ballasteros's force, and a division of the enemy, under the command of general Coursous, in the vicinity of Bornos.

The general has not sent me a detailed account, but his letter is herewith enclosed. This atfair has been attended with considerable loss on both sides, that of the Spaniards not less than one thousand in killed, wounded, and missing, including about eighty officers. General Ballasteros retired to his original ground in the vicinity of the field of battle, in which operation the enemy did not venture to interrupt him; his wounded have arrived at Algeciras; the enemy withdrew to his intrenchments. I have thre bonous to be, &c.


Head-quarters, camp before Hija Ruiz, June 2, 1812. Most EXCELLENT SIR-1 hasten to communicate to your excellency, the intelligence of the severe action which I fought yesterday, with the greater part of the troops under my command, in the plains of Bornos. This action is perhaps the most serious that has beed fought since the beginning of our revolution; and an unexpected occurrence has alone deprived me of the glory of a complete victory. I am surrounded by wounded, none of whom, however, received their wounds with the bayonet or sword, although all arms were used. The loss of the French I believe to have been not less considerable, for they did not venture to throw a single party across the Guadalete, to molest my retreat. I remain in my positions, determined to perish with my troops, ratber than abandon one wounded man: I am at a great loss how to provide for means of transpor ting them, as there are none in this part of the country. God preserve your excellency many years,

FRANCISCO BALLASTEBOS. To the most excellent Senor the governor of Gibraltar.

ADMIRALTY OFFICE, July 4, 1812. Admiral Lord Keith has transmitted to Joha Wilson Croker, esq. a letter from captain Sir Home Popham, dated on board his Majesty's ship Venerable, off Lequitio, the 21st of last month, giving an account of an attack made upon the French troops in possession of that place, by the Spanish guerillas, aided by Sir Home, and the officers and men of bis Majesty's ships under his orders.

The enemy bad possession of a hill fort commanding the town, calculated to resist any body of infantry; and also two hundred men posted in a fortified convent within the town, the walls of which were impervious to any thing less than an eighteen-pounder.

The convent might have been destroyed by the ships; but as the town would have materially suffered, and as the guns of the Venerable made no visible impression on the fort, it was determined to erect a battery on a hill opposite to the latter, which the enemy considered as quite inaccessible to cannon, and in that confidence rested bis security.

A gun was accordingly landed in the forenoon of the 20th, (chiefly by the exertions of lieutenant Groves, of the Venerable) notwithstanding the sea was breaking with such violence against the rocks at the foot of the hill, that it was doubtful whether a boat could get near enough for that purpose. It was then hove up a short distance by a London Gazette.-Captain Usher, of the Hyacinth.

moveable capstan; but this was found so tedious, that men and bullocks were sent for to draw it; and it was at length dragged to the summit of the hill, by thirty-six pair of bullocks, four hundred guerillas, and one hundred seamen, headed by the honourable captain Bouverie. It was immediately mounted, and fired its first shot at four in the afternoon.

The gun was so admirably served, that at sun set a practicable breach was made in the wall of the fort, and the guerillas volunteered to storm it. The first party was repulsed, but the second gained possession without any considerable loss: several of the enemy escaped on the opposite side, and got into the convent.

In the course of the evening the sea abated a little, and a landing upon the island of St. Nicholas was effected, though with some difficulty, by lieutenant O'Reilly, of the Surveillante; marines were also landed frow that ship, the Medusa, and Rhin, with a carronade from cach ship; and captain Malcolm took the command of the island during the night, whilst captain Sir George Collier was in the Venerable's battery on the hill.

At dawn of the 21st, a twenty-four-pounder was brought to the cast side of the town, within two hundred yards of the convent, and another was in the act of being landed upon St. Nicholas to bombard it, when the French commandant Gillort, chef de battalion, beat a parley, and surrendered, with the remainder of his party, consisting of two bundred and ninety men of the 119th regiment.

The enemy's loss had not been ascertained, but it was supposed to be considerable, as the guerillas, who were better posted, and fired with more celerity, had fifty-six men killed or wounded. Not a man was buri in his Majesty's squadron, either by the surf, ar the enemy.

There were two eighteen-pounders mounted on the fort, and three small guns in the barracks; the latter, with the muskets, were given to the guerillas, who were also supplied with every description of military stores of which they stood in need. The guns in the fort were rendered useless, the fort destroyed, and the convent blown up.

Sir Home Popham commends in high terms, the conduct of all the officers and men employed on this occasion; and expresses his sense of the - assistance rendered by Sir Howard Douglas and general Carrol, who had embarked in the Venerable, and volunteered their services wherever they could be employed.

ADMIRALTY OFFICE, July 4, 181%. Copy of a letter from Captain Usher, of his Majesty's ship Hyacinth, addressed to

commodore Penrose, at Gibraltar, and transmitted by the latter to John Wilson Croker, esq. dated, his Majesty's ship Hyacinth, off Almunecar, May 27, 1812.

SIR-I had the honour to inforın you, in my letter of the 20th instant, that the Termagant had destroyed the castle at Nersa, and that the guerillas came down froin the mountains, and entered the town. I have now to acquaint you that I went on shore with captain Hamilton, and waited upon the guerilla leader, who informed me that the French had retreated to Almunecar, seven miles to the eastward, and that they had three hundred men there; and considering himself strong enough to attack them, he, proposed marching upon it without loss of time. As I was desirous to render the guerillas every assistance in my power, I promised him to anchor the ships in a position to place the enemy between our fire, which gave him great satisfaction, and his men great confidence. I accordingly bore up at four o'clock the following evening, (20th instant) with the Termagant and Basilisk, and anchored at point-black range, before the

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