MADRAS ARMY. An original early Madras Army LIst printed in 1829


A List of the Officers of the Army, Ordnance and Medical Departments, serving under the Presidency of Fort St. George: with an Index. Fort St. George, Adjutanr General’s Office, September 1829. Compiled for the benefit of the Male Asylum, Asylum Press [Madras] 1829 1st edition 8vo.

[ii Contents List], 159pp, xvii Index, [viii Casualty List]. Contemporary marbled paper covered boards, re-bound with  black leather gilt spine stamped MADRAS ARMY LIST, 1829,  a very sound copy with strong, clean paper throughout, with just a little chipping to the fore edges of the first few pages. This copy was one of those printed with interleaved blank leaves, usually used in regimental headquarter. We have noticed no annotation on those pages or on the text pages apart from the first owner’s initials against his name, and it has a provenance on a blank before the title page in a contemporary hand – Captain Burnell Jones, Bradiford, Barnstaple, Dcvonshire. Colombo Novr. 1829. [see footnote].

This list includes detail not found in the East India Register of this year. It lists the officers of the following H.M. regiments stationed in Madras in 1829: 13th Lt. Dgns at Bangalore, 1st, 26th, 41st, 45th, 46th, 48th, 54th, & 89th regiments of foot. It also includes lists of honorary distinctions awarded, such as the medals for Seringapatam, Egypt, and Waterloo. There is a two page casualty list.

Alfred Burnell Jones appears in this list as a Lieutenant in the Third Regiment or Palamcottah L.I. having been commissioned in 1827. The regiment is shown with battle honours for Mahidpoor & Ava.

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