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Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« on: Wednesday 30 December 20 21:42 GMT (UK) »
Hello, I would be very grateful for any help/guidance with the following please. I am researching a family whose son fought in the Peninsular War, but am struggling to find much about his service record. What's the best way to find more please?
His name was Richard Monk, of Parkgate, Cheshire (1785-1826). I have detailed reports of his murder , but very little about when he enlisted and his active service.

[date unknown] Entered the army in the Regiment of Royal Cheshire Militia
[date unknown] Volunteered into the 22nd (Chester) Regiment of Foot
[date unknown] Served in the Brunswick Oels Hussars in Europe during the Peninsular War.
1812, Dec 5th. Promoted from Ensign to Lieutenant.
[date unknown] Joined the 53rd (Shropshire) Reg.
1825, Jan 20th. Paymaster with the 31st (Huntingdonshire) Reg.
1825. Survived the sinking on the East Indiaman "Kent".
1826, Dec 4th. Murdered on the River Ganges

I would be extremely grateful for any help please, as I am running out of steam! What I really need are dates for him personally. I can trace the movements of his regiment from there.
Brown (Chester)
Monk (Neston, Parkgate)
Humfrey (Chester)

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Re: Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 31 December 20 09:16 GMT (UK) »
Filling in one gap for you:

53d Ditto, Paymaster Richard Monk, from halfpay of the late Brunswick Hussars, to be Paymaster, vice Sherwood, who exchanges. Dated 23d July 1818.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/17386/page/1416
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Re: Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 31 December 20 10:06 GMT (UK) »
Shaun, that's wonderful, thanks. I'd been getting nowhere!
Do you know where I might find the date on which he joined the Royal Cheshire Militia? (Or would that be a day at the National Archives?)
Thanks again
Simon
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Re: Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 31 December 20 10:33 GMT (UK) »
He was commissioned as an Ensign in the Royal Cheshire Militia on 4 December 1811:
https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/16550/page/2375
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Re: Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 31 December 20 10:39 GMT (UK) »
This is interesting!

Mr. Richard Monk, Paymaster of the Duke of Brunswick Oels Corps of Huzzars, is promoted to a Captaincy for the bravery displayed in several actions in the late war, and particularly at the battle of Waterloo

Chester Chronicle 1 September 1815, page 3 column 3
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Re: Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 31 December 20 10:43 GMT (UK) »
The Duke of Brunswick Oels Corps.

Richard Monk, Esq. to be Paymaster of Cavalry and Infantry, vice Gold, superseded. Dated: June 4,1815

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/16999/page/605
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Re: Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 31 December 20 10:44 GMT (UK) »
Ah, you're wonderful. This is just what I needed. Thanks.

I told you I had run out of steam :-)
Brown (Chester)
Monk (Neston, Parkgate)
Humfrey (Chester)

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Re: Finding dates for a soldier in the Peninsular War (Richard Monk, 1785-1826)
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 31 December 20 10:56 GMT (UK) »
I'm particularly pleased with the newspaper article and report of his bravery at Waterloo. The title of "Paymaster" had made him sound more like an accountant or representative from Human Resources!
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