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L.250 Major, *Deputy Adjutant-General, *Deputy Quarter-Master-General, Deputy Inspector of Hospitals, each
L. 200 Captain, * Assistant Adjutant-General, * Assistant Quarter-Master General,
*Secretary to the Commander of the Forces, * Aide de Camp, *Major of Brigade, Surgeon Regimental, Paymaster, *Judge Advocate, Physician, Staff Surgeon, Chaplain, each
Surgeon, Apothecary, Hospital Mate, Veterinary Surgeon, Purveyor,
L.50 The officers marked thus (*) to have the allowance according to their Army Rank,
if they prefer it.
3d July, 1812.-RATES OF ALLOWANCE TO THE GENERAL 'AND STAFF
OFFICERS IN THE SEVERAL DISTRICTS OF GREAT BRITAIN, FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDING THE 24th ULTIMO.
Horse-Guards, July 5, 1812.-In consequence of the operation of the act, for allowing the mutual interchange of the British and Irish Militias, his Royal Highness the Commander-in-Chief is pleased to direct, that the Commanding Officers of Regiments shall be particularly attentive that no soldier, professing the Roman Catholic religion, shall be subject to any punishment for not attending the divine worship of the Church of England; and that every such soldier shall be at full liberty to attend the worship of Almighty God according to the forms prescribed by his religion, when military duty does not interfere. By command of bis Royal Highness the Commander-in-Chief.
HARRY CALVERT, A, G.
GENERAL ORDERS. 10th July, 1812.-All officers dismounted, wearing caps, are to salute in the same manner as practised by officers of flank companies.
24th June, 1812.-The Commander-in-Chief has commanded it to be notified, that when it is the intention of a Court Martial to award Solitary Confinement as a punishment, it is necessary that the words “ Solitary Confinement" should be expressed in the wording of the sentence.
Annexed is the form of commitment wbich is to be used, when the Commanding Officer of a corps finds it necessary to place any Soldier, in pursuance of the sentence of a Court-Martial, in the temporary custody of the civil power. 1 Commanding Officer of
do hereby require and order you to receive into your custody and • Here insert the period. to keep in confinement for the space of (*
) + Here insert (+ ) of the
Regiment, pursuant the name of the prisoner. to the sentence of a Court Martial held at
of which sentence is hereto annexed.
An authenticated description of the prisoner, extracted from
the Regimental Description Book, is here inserted. Name of the
prisoner. . S Age ..... Height ....
Signature of the Com
manding Officer. 70
The Gaoler or Keeper of Ist July, 1812.-His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, in the name and on the behalf of His Majesty, has been pleased to command, that the clothing of trumpeters, and baglers of regiments, shall in future be of the same colour as that worn by the privates of the regiment.
The order of the 8th October, 1811, is hereby cancelled.
Horse-Guards, 24th July, 1812.—It having been represented to the Commanderin-Chief, that many Paymasters of regiments are engaged in commerce and business of a private pature, His Royal Highness judges it necessary to declare, that he considers all such avocations incompatible with their regimental duty, and he commands that Regimental Paymasters shall, on no account, engage, directly or indirectly, in traffic or commerce of any kind, but shall strictly confine themselves entirely to the duties of the stations they hold in their respective corps.
Horse-Guards, 18th June, 1812.—The Commander-in-Chief has been pleased to direct, that the following proceedings of a Board of General Officers, especially assembled by the command of His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, for the investigation of abuses and irregularities in the 1st Surry Regiment of Militia, shall be made public.
The Commander-in-Chief is persuaded, that this is a solitary instance of a system of injustice and peculation existing in any corps in the British army, and he trusts, that the honourable feelings of that highly respectable branch of the service, to which the regiment belongs, will never again be wounded by the publication of so disgraceful a record ; His Royal Highness has however decided, or the publicity of the present measure; as a powerful incitement to the officers entrusted with the command of brigades and regiments to give their personal and unremitted atten. tion to tbe interior economy of their corps ;-as an intimation in addition to the General Orders on this head) to the Captains of troops or companies, that they will be ever held responsible for the most strict and careful discharge in their own persons, of the duties connected with the comfort and welfare of their men, in which the regularity of their pay, and the provision of their necessaries on the most economical and equitable terms, form a prominent part; as an assurance to the soldiers of the British army, from the highest authority, that the same laws which enforce discipline, and a just subordination, are equally calculated to redress their wrougs, and to support their claims, when stated with propriety and founded in justice.
The Conímander-in-Chief avails himself of this opportunity of returning his thanks to Major-General Acland, hy whose persererance and personal attentions, these shameful transactions have been brought to light, and the unworthy and degraded characters, who were implicated in them, have been removed from the service, which they have so deeply injured and disgraced. By command of His Royal Highness the Commander-in-Chief,
HARRY CALVERT, Adjutant-general.
PROCEEDINGS of a BOARD of GENERAL OFFICERS, assembled at CHELMS
FORD, on the 23d of April, 1812, in pursuance of a District Order of the 22d of April, 1812.
Lieut.-General the Right Hon. T. MAITLAND.-Major-Gen. the Hon. W. STEWART.
-Major-General MONTGOMERIE. The following Letter from his Royal Highness the Commander in-Chief, addressed
to General the Earl of Chatham, K. G. or Officer commanding the Eastern District, was read to the court .
Horse-Guaris, 21st April, 1812. “ MY LORD,---In reference to the General Courts Martial, which bare sat, and passed judgment upon several officers of the 1st Royal Surry Militia, I am to acquaint your lordship, that the circumstances, which have been proved in eridence upon the face of their proceedings, appear to the Prince Regent to have evinced the existence of a regimental system, that professes to have sanctioned practices on the part of the officers commanding companies, and the regimental paymaster, under the plea of long established usage, which are most injurious to the discipline, and well being of the service, and prejudicial to the interests and comforts of the soldier.
“ I hare therefore received his Royal Highness's commands to desire, that instead of proceeding to the trial of other officers of that corps, now in arrest, which might not be attended with such advantage to the whole militia service, as may be attained under a more general investigation, a Board of General Officers shall be assembled, consisting of Lieutenant-General the Right Hon. T. MAITLAND, Major-General the Hon. W. STEWART, and Major-General MONTGOMERIE ; for the purpose of enquiring into the whole interior economy of the 1st Royal Surry Militia, reporting their opinion generally upon the subject, as well as upon any pasticular case of delinquency that may come under their obserration.
“ With a view to afford every possible information to aid the subject of this enquiry, the Prince Regent was further pleased to command, that the Board shall be furnished with the proceedings of the Courts Martial, which have been held upon Major Thompson, Captains Ford, Thoinpson, and Frizell, and Paymaster Hanter, together with the proceedings of such Courts of Enquiry, as may have been held by order of Major-General Aoland, to examine into the irregularities that came under that officer's observation; and that the board shall be authorized to examinc witnesses, and to call for all regimental books and documents, that may give fuztherance to the investigation upon which they are employed.
“ I am, my Lord, yours, (Signed)
“ FREDERICK, Commander-in-Chief." “ General “ The Earl of Chatham, X. G. or officer commanding in the Eastern District.”
Lieutenant-General Maitland submits to the Board, the various documents, mentioned in the concluding paragraph of the above letter.
No. 1. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, held at Chelmsford, on Friday the 18th of October, 1811, for the trial of Captain Churehill Thompson, of the 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 2. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, held at Chelmsford, on Friday the 18th of October, 1811, for the trial of Captain John Ford, of the 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 3. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, held at Chelmsford, on Friday the 18th of October, 1811, for the trial of Lieutenant and Paymaster Isaac Hunter, of the 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 4. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, held at Chelmsford, on Monday the 30th of December, 1811, for the trial of Captain Richard Frizell, of the 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 5. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, held at Chelmsford, on Monday the 30th of December, 1811, for the trial of Major Peter Thompson, of the 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 6. Proceedings of a Brigade Court of Enquiry, held at Chelmsford, by order of Major-General Acland, on the 27th of November, 1811, to investigate the claims of the non-commissioned officers and privates of Captain Bigot's company, Ist Royal Surry Militia.
No. 7. Proceedings of a Brigade Court of Enquiry, held at Chelmsford, by order of Major-General Acland, on the 7th of Jaouary, 1812, to investigate the claims of the non-commissioned officers and privates of Captain Thomas Churchill Thompson's company, ist Royal Surry Militia.
No. 8. Proceedings of a Brigade Court of Enquiry, held at Chelmsford, by order of Major-General Acland, on the 27th of November, 1811, to investigate the claims of the non-commissioned officers and privates of Captain William Tomson's company, 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 9. Proceedings of a Brigade Court of Enquiry, held at Chelmsford, by order of Major-General Acland, on the 27th of November, 1811, to investigate the claims of the non-commissioned officers and prirates of Captain Leigh's company, 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 10. Proceedings of a Brigade Court of Enquiry, held at Chelmsford, by order of Major-General Acland, on the 13th of December, 1811, to investigate the claims of the nion-commissioned officers and privates of Captain Frizells company, 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 11. Proceedings of a Brigade Court of Enquiry, held at Chelmsford, by order of Major-General Acland, on the 31st of December, 1811, to investigate the claims of the non-commissioned officers and privates of Captain Ford's company, 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 12. Proceedings of a Brigade Court of Enquiry, held at Chelmsford, by order of Major-General Acland, on the 4th of December, 1811, to investigate the claims of the non-commissioned officers and privates of Captain Norton's company, 1st Royal Surry Militia.
No. 13. Proceedings of a Brigade Court of Enquiry, held at Chelmsford, by order of Major-General Acland, on the 7th of December, 1811, to investigate the claims of the non-commissioned officers and privates of Captain Dawson's company, 1st Royal Surry Militia.
The Board resolves that the above documents be considered as entered on its proceedings ; and that the letters from His Royal Highness the Commander-inChief, to General the Earl of Chatham, communicating the finding and sentences of the above Courts Martial, with His Royal Highness the Prince Regent's decision and animadrersions thereon, be also read and considered as entered.
EVIDENCE. Brigade-Major Chamberlain is directed by the Board to lay before it, all the regimental books belonging to companies, that may be in bis possession; and being questioned wbat those books are, states as follows:--that he has in his possession all the Public Ledgers of Companies, and all the Private Books, except those belonging to Captain Dawson's and Captain Ford's companies.
Q. What do you call Private Books ?--A. I call those Private Books, in which charges were entered against the men, which were not brought forward in the Public, Ledgers.
Q. How did you get possession of those Private Books ?-1. By the orders of Major-General Acland.
Major-General Acland being requested by the Board to acquaint it with the circumstances connected with the two sets of books, public and private, and his mode of getting possession of them, states--that, on the arrival of the 1st Royal Surry Militia, at Chelmsford, having reason to suppose that the system of the regiment required investigation, and that several circumstances relative to charges made against the men, were concealed, and that these were contained in private books kept by the Pay-serjeants of companies ; he ordered a field-day, and while the regiment was marched out, placed non-commissioned officers of the Dorset Militia as sentries at the different barrack rooms occupied by the Pay-serjeants of the Surry, who were then assembled, and the private books demanded from them. After some hesitation, they acknowledged such books were in existence, and they were take possession of by the Major-General and Brigade-Major Chamberlain, with the exception of Captain Dawson's, who declared be hard none, and of Captain Ford's, which latter were carried out of the barracks by Mrs. Allingham, wife to the then Serjeant-Major, who paid the company, and whose room by mistake, was not taken possession of.
Major-General Acland further states, that had he not taken the means he did to procure these books, that the existence of them would have been denied, and that he should not bave obtained possession of them.
CAPTAIN BIGOT'S COMPANY. Nathaniel Ostler, late Pay-sergeant of Captain Bigot's company :-States, that