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[See the extract from his discharge papers reproduced below.]When they were returning home, he joined the 45th Foot on 24 September 1819. After a couple of years at “home”, he joined the Royal New South Wales Veterans Corps and came to Australia.
He was given a 100-acre land grant, and I have read that all of those on Veterans’ Flats were veterans of the Napoleonic Wars.
I thought that it would have been relatively easy to find some information about John Murray, given that we had the details of his service unit and his years of service, but so far have been frustrated in my searching. Art's advice to Janet follows, and may also prove useful to anyone else who is researching British soldiers of that period.'Checking the TACA site, I saw Janet Adams' copy regarding her great-great-grandfather, Colour Sergeant John Murray, who enlisted as a drummer at the age of five in the 50th Foot at Gibraltar.
I have not been able to find a William Sugden, born at Chatham in 1800, but I have recently found another Sugden in the 19th Foot, and a birth in 1799, but in Yorkshire. William’s marriage and daughter’s birth have also not been found, so he remains our International Man of Mystery!
My great-great-great-grandfather was also seven when he enlisted.