Lieutenant 24th BNI wounded Aliwal

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Lieutenant 24th BNI wounded Aliwal

Postby Fathertime » 25 Sep 2017 13:48

I am researching an officer named Lieutenant Robert Scott, of the 24th Bengal Native Infantry who was wounded on 28 Jan 1846 at the battle of Aliwal. This officer was from Bishopwearmouth , Durham, and attested to the HEIC in 1840 at 17. He was also at Moodkee, and Ferozeshuhur. Sadly, he died at Hastings in England (no cause given in article) My question is : Was there any connection between John's company and Hastings? I know this town was developed as a seaside resort earlier in the 19th century, and people went there for the healthful benefits of a swim in the sea. Perhaps it is just coincidental he passed there, maybe it was even a result of an accident. It does seem he could have been in hospital closer to home if ill or convalescing. If anyone has any insight to healthcare for HEIC men, and Hastings I would be very interested to know.
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Re: Lieutenant 24th BNI wounded Aliwal

Postby Frogsmile » 25 Sep 2017 15:21

The HEIC did not have a direct link with Hastings, but as you have surmised it is a place where the ailing (especially respiratory problems) and the elderly were often advised to go by their physicians in order to 'take the (healthful) air.'
The HEIC was associated with three locations beyond its HQ in London: Hailey (civil service college), Addiscombe (military seminary) and Warley (depot for other ranks after it moved from Chatham circa 1841).
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Re: Lieutenant 24th BNI wounded Aliwal

Postby mike snook » 25 Sep 2017 21:30

Dear Robert

Just to let you know that that isn't a picture of the Battle of Aliwal. It shows an infantry regiment at manouvres in England.

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Re: Lieutenant 24th BNI wounded Aliwal

Postby Fathertime » 30 Sep 2017 18:08

Thank you Mike. I thought everyone looked suspiciously relaxed!
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