John Wandless: 1851 Discharge Papers, Canada (9 pages)

Discharge papers of Sergeant John Wandless, by trade a clerk, age 46 yrs 11 months, b. in Baltinglass, Wicklow, Ireland; enlisted in the British Army (86th Foot, under the Earl of Killmorey) in Newry, Ireland at the age of twenty on 17 Apr 1824; served 26 yrs 335 days, of which 4 yrs were in the West Indies and 12 yrs 9 months in North America; 10 yrs were in the Royal Canadian Rifle Reg't; was discharged at Niagara, Ontario, Canada on 12 March 1851. Conduct and conduct have been good except that he was tried on 6 Sep 1830 for "losing or making away with mess money", for which he was reduced from Corporal. On 12 Nov 1832 he was tried for being absent from tattoo, and on 12 Mar 1839 for being drunk on picquet [picket duty]. He is 5 ft 8 inches tall, with dark brown hair, blue eyes, and a fresh complexion. Intends to live at Brockville, Canada West [Ontario]. Includes his signature on the recruitment papers.

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