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record help!!
« on: Monday 03 August 15 03:56 BST (UK) »
hey im wondering if there is anyone that can track down a 80th regiment record for a Henry Atkins.. born in staffordshire  and served in india.
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Re: record help!!
« Reply #1 on: Monday 03 August 15 05:58 BST (UK) »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80th_Regiment_of_Foot_(Staffordshire_Volunteers)
 
Can you provide some clues .... when was your chap living?   When did he join ?

From that wiki article :

"
India 1803-1817
In 1802, following the Treaty of Amiens the various volunteer corps that had been formed during the war were to be disbanded. The Staffordshire Volunteers, which had been raised in 1798, chose to be merged with the 80th Foot, which became the 80th Regiment of Foot (Staffordshire Volunteers). In the same year the 80th sailed back to India, again suffering shipwreck on the journey. They remained in India until 1817, fighting in the Second Maratha War of 1803-1805 making punitive expeditions against the Nairs of Wayanad and Calicut and seeing service in the Travancore War of 1808-1809.[4] They remained in southern India until 1817.[1][5]"


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"India
After returning to Sydney in 1844, the regiment sailed for India. Part of the regiment again suffered shipwreck when the SS Briton ran aground on the Andaman Islands in November 1844.[1][4][5] The regiment arrived in India just as the conflict in the Punjab later known as the First Anglo-Sikh War broke out. They fought at the Battles of Mudki and Ferozeshah in December 1845 and the Battle of Sobraon in February 1846.[1] Ferozeshah became celebrated as a regimental anniversary on 21 December thereafter, and is still marked by the successor 3rd Battalion Mercian Regiment.[1][3]
Stationed in Lahore from 1846 until 1852, in that year it fought in the Second Anglo-Burmese War which saw the East India company annex the province of Pegu. Returning to India in 1853, the 80th sailed back to the United Kingdom in the following year, where they were brought up to full strength by recruiting parties.[1][5] In 1856 they moved to the Cape Colony. The Indian Rebellion of 1857 broke out in May and the 80th arrived in Calcutta in February 1858. Broken into small parties, some mounted on camels, they took part in the Central India Campaign.[1][4][5] Although the war ended in June 1858 the 80th Foot remained for nearly nine years, arriving back in England in 1867.[1]
In 1872 the regiment was sent to Singapore, shortly thereafter moving to Hong Kong.[1][5] Three companies took part in the Perak War in Malaysia in 1875.[1][5]"



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Re: record help!!
« Reply #2 on: Monday 03 August 15 07:02 BST (UK) »
he joined around 1812-1814 with another chap Joseph Atkins in Birmingham. 
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Re: record help!!
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 05 August 15 02:01 BST (UK) »
This looks like it could be Joseph Atkins record:

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C8722478

JOSEPH ATKINS
Born LEEK, Staffordshire
Served in 13th Foot Regiment; 53rd Foot Regiment; 80th Foot Regiment
Discharged aged 34
Date: 1813-1824 

Was Henry Atkins discharged or did he die in service?