William LAMB [Parents] 1, 2-L0601 # was born 3 in Jan 1809 in East Stoke, Nottinghamshire. He was christened 4 on 30 Jan 1809 in the Church of Saint Oswald in East Stoke, Nottinghamshire. He died 5 about May 1886 in Nettleham, Lincolnshire. William married 6 Marianne Sentelia HINAS 2-H0611 # on 08 Jul 1833 in Chinsurah, Bengal, India.
William was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Clinton Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire. He was described as Son,married, aged 41 years, an Out Pensioner (Chelsea). He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in Nettleham, Lincolnshire. He was described as Head of Family, married, aged 52 years and a Chelsea Pensioner. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Nettleham, Lincolnshire. He was described as Head of Family, married, aged 62 years, a Pensioner but working as Bricklayer's Labourer. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Nettleham, Lincolnshire. He was described as Head of Family, married, aged 73 years, a Chelsea Pensioner.
William enlisted in the 16th (Bedfordshire) Regiment of Foot on the 13th October 1827 in Stamford, Nottinghamshire. After just over a year of training he was posted to the East Indies to join his regiment - arriving on the 22nd November 1828.
Relevant Postings of the Regiment:
1820 - Landed at Columbo on February 20th
1821 - In August they marched to Kandy, returning to Columbo in 1824.
1826 - Left Columbo for Pont de Galle in July
1828 - Moved to Bengal, leaving Ceylon in four detachments starting November and the final group landing at Calcutta by January 1829, where they were stationed for several years.
1831 - Moved to Chinsura by steam boats.
1833 - Marched to Ghazepore but orders altered en route and the regiment moved to Cawnpore, arriving 28th February 1834.
1840 - Moved to Dinapore, arriving January and moving to the Presidency in November.
1841 - Returned to England after 21 years of foreign service and stationed at Dover on their return. Issued with the new type “Percussion” arms in August and moved to Winchester in December.
1842 - Left Winchester in April for Gosport, then to Portsmouth in August. New colours were presented to the regiment on the 22nd September
1843 - Moved to Manchester in May then to Ireland in July. Stationed at Newbridge and later Burr.
1844 - Marched to Naas in February and onto Dublin where they remained between April and December, after which they moved to Cork.
1845 - Moved to Buttevant in June and back to Cork in October to prepare for foreign service again.
1846 - Six Companies (the foreign service element of the peacetime regiment) moved to Gibraltar, leaving on 17th and 19th January and arriving 11th February. The Depot Companies remained in Ireland.
1847 - The six Companies on foreign service moved to Corfu, leaving 9th March and landing 27th March.
1848 - The four Depot Companies left Cork to join the rest of the regiment who were at Guernsey. The depot companies arrived on 4th May.
William was discharged from 16th Foot Regiment, on medical grounds,whilst at Chatham in January 1849.
The Regimental Medical Officer wrote: 'Sergeant William Lamb is recommended for Discharge, being incapacitated for military duty by his Inguinal Hernia which he contracted about 6 years ago while engaged in lifting a heavy weight in the course of his Military Duty. He is also enfeebled in Constitution by the effects of 13 years service in India. He does not appear to have aggrevated his cases by vice or misconduct.'
William's Army Service Records can be viewed in Folder L0601 in the 'JacksonTree Document Archive' (button on the Home Page).
A Chelsea Pensioner was a British Army soldier who had been found to be suitable to be granted an army pension through disability or having completed full-service. He would subsequently placed upon the Royal Hospital, Chelsea Board, or if from the Irish establishment of the British Army, on the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham Hospital Board. The term therefore indicated that the man was a military pensioner as against a civilian one. The Royal Chelsea Hospital was founded in 1682 for the care of disabled and wounded soldiers (never officers) who had completed full service on the English Establishment, and later the whole, of the British Army. The hospital itself was never very large and still is restricted in size. The pensioners actually resident at Chelsea were termed "in-pensioners". The majority of retiring full-service soldiers became "out-pensioners" and received their pension in cash terms rather than hospital care. Local agents paid Chelsea pensions, before the British Army established regional pension administration offices at the end of the 19th century.