They said that wives of soldiers were sometimes allowed to accompany their husbands overseas, but no provision was made for their support if their soldier husband was killed. I must say that as much as I am interested in the boy, I am perhaps more interested in finding his mother, in particular to find out what her fate was. If so, she must have died quite young as it seems that the boy had no real knowledge of his parents.In this event, the commanding officer of the unit sometimes permitted children younger than the enlisting age to join up, thus saving the mother and child from destitution. If I can find more information, it could be enhanced by pictures of uniforms and campaigns of the Siege of Gibraltar and the Peninsular War, so I welcome advice on where to look for such information.' Janet Adams' appeal for information relating to her great-great-grandfather, an army child born in Gibraltar in 1781 (see above, 'TACA CORRESPONDENCE: ENLISTMENT AS A DRUMMER, AGED FIVE'), caught the eye of A W (Art) Cockerill (whose website, is the 'site of choice for histories of the Duke of York's and Hibernian military schools', and more besides).I have yet to trace William’s career as I am in Australia.
If you think that you can help Wendy break through her genealogical brick wall, please contact TACA, and we’ll pass on your message.My great-great-great-grandfather was also seven when he enlisted.William Sugden was in Colombo [then in Ceylon, today in Sri Lanka] when he enlisted as a drummer boy in the 19th Foot on 21 March 1807.[See the extract from his discharge papers reproduced below.]When they were returning home, he joined the 45th Foot on 24 September 1819. After a couple of years at “home”, he joined the Royal New South Wales Veterans Corps and came to Australia.He was given a 100-acre land grant, and I have read that all of those on Veterans’ Flats were veterans of the Napoleonic Wars.