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Offline Tom Wright

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Battle of Waterloo soldier - John Donald
« on: Saturday 06 April 19 18:12 BST (UK) »
I've just found the military discharge record of my 3x great-grandfather, John Donald.  The record states that he served at Waterloo and was given an additional two years service credit on top of his actual service time of 12 years and 93 days. Does anyone have information on why that would be?  Also interested in any other information on his military service.

Here are the details on his discharge record.
Name: John Donald
Birth town: Monymusk, Abendeenshire, Scotland
Enlisted: 12 August 1806 at age of 21 years old
Discharged: 17 November 1818 at age of 33 years old
Regiment: Gordon Highlanders - 75th & 92nd Foot
Wright, Banffshire
Simpson, Banffshire
Donald,  Aberdeenshire
Hume, Aberdeenshire

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Re: Battle of Waterloo soldier - John Donald
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 06 April 19 18:57 BST (UK) »
Wonder if it could be because he did fight at Waterloo?
Or had an unblemished service record?
Best of luck with your research.
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Re: Battle of Waterloo soldier - John Donald
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 06 April 19 21:27 BST (UK) »
Other benefits granted after Waterloo
In addition to promotion and to changes in seniority, in the case of Waterloo specific benefits were granted to some officers and to all other ranks who took part in the battle. The Prince Regent approved on 12 July propositions made by Lord Palmerston (the Secretary at War, in charge of the administrative business of the War Office, a different post from that of Secretary of State for War) [see Document 2]. These gave additional rights to officers who had been wounded; and advanced lieutenants who had taken part in the battle or the preceding actions two years’ service towards the increment of pay they were due after seven years. All other ranks who had served at Waterloo and the actions immediately preceding were to be known as ‘Waterloo men’, and were also allowed two years’ additional service in the reckoning of pay or pension.
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« Reply #3 on: Saturday 06 April 19 21:29 BST (UK) »
MCHUGH {mayo/manchester}   OHora,MCHALE{mayo/manchester /chicago}  KENNY{Manchester}   TIMPERLEY{wilmslow-bollin fee,Manchester} SMITH{manchester}  LEE{Colne,manchester,Cheshire} VENABLES {Styal.Cheshire} PAYTON {Staffs/Manchester}McCARTHY{TIPPERARY/MANCHESTER}  EAMES/AMS/HEAMES/HAMES/AYMES {Wilmslow/Manchester} Eames/Aymes  {Ireland/Manchester/Cheshire
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