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212 NOTES AND QUERIES. [12 s.x. MAR. 18,1922. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL CLEMENT MARTIN EDWARDS (FATHER OF THE FOREGOING) Rank. Regiment. Date. Loud. Gazette. Ensign 48th Regt. of Foot 9. 1. 1795 6. 1. 1795 Lieut. Do. 3. 9. 95 8. 9. 95 Captain Do. 25. 6. 03 9. 7. 03 Captain A Regt. of Inf. (Ramsay's) 5. 1. 05 8. 1. 05 Major 3rd Ceylon Regt. 7. 1. 08 5. 1. 08 Brev. Lieut. -Colonel Lieut. -Colonel D.A.G. (Ceylon) Army 3rd Ceylon Regt. ? 12. 14. 12. 15. 7. 09 09 13 12. 12. 09 9 17. 7. 13 ,, D.Q.M.G. (Malta) 9. 6. 14 11. 6. 14 " 1st Ceylon Regt. 8. 2. 16 17. 2. 16 Died 4.5.1816. N.B. The name of Martin first appears in Army List, 1814. Appears in Imperial Calendar,. 1814, p. 190. C.-in-C.'s. Office, Horse Guards. Asst. Secretary, Lieut.-Col. C. Edwards. No trace as to date of appointment. EXTRACTS FROM MS. HISTORY, 48TH REGT. OF FOOT, DURING THE PERIOD THAT LlEDT.- COLONEL EDWARDS WAS SERVING IN THAT REGIMENT. 1795. They returned to Plymouth from the island of Jersey and shortly afterwards to Nutslin Camp, near Southampton, and were reviewed by their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York, previous to their departure for the West Indies, under the command of Sir Ralph Abercrombie, and in the Fleet of Admiral Christian. The embarkation of the 48th Regt. took place at Southampton, 847 strong. 1796. In the early part of this year Admiral Christian's Fleet arrived in the West Indies. No mention is made of the regiment being en- aged in any affair but that of the reduction of t. Lucia, where the two positions of Mounts Chembron and Fortune were to be carried by a combined attack. The 4 8th lost about thirty men in supporting that made on Mount Chembron. 1797. The regiment remained in St. Lucia after its capture until August, 1797, and so dreadful had been the effects of the climate that when ordered to give over the remaining men to the 87th Regiment there were not more than fifty. Yet not more than eighteen months had elapsed since the embarkation of 847 men from England. The skeleton regiment arrived at Gravesend towards the end of September, marched to Chatham, thence to Huntingdon ; in December was at Norwich. 1798. Early this year the regiment went to Worcester. About this time numbers of the Supplementary Militia volunteered to extend their services to all Europe. Government di- rected that they should be attached to the 48th Regiment, so they joined at Poole in Dorset- shire, where the regiment had gone. The regiment was now complete, as Colonel Martin Hunter embarked the regiment 800 strong at Lymington in August and they arrived at Gibraltar in Sep- tember. The corps continued to form part of the garrison all the next year and until May, 1800. 1800. This year the corps was sent in May to Minorca, and was encamped near St. Philip's Fort. Other corps had been assembled in the island, as an expedition was projected to the 'continent of Italy. The object was to support the Austrians, then in the Milanese. The 48th sailed with the other regiments from Minorca about five weeks after its arrival in it. Two points of disembarkation were appointed, Genoa and Leghorn. The 48th Regiment was in that part of the Army destined to land at Leghorn. When arrived there, the General received in- formation which rendered the landing of the troops unnecessary the expedition was abortive, Bonaparte had brought the Austrian Army under General Melas to action at Marengo near Milan, and the Austrian General Melas had been defeated. The Army broke up and the 48th was sent to join the force employed under General Pigot and Colonel Graham of the 90th in the blockade of Malta. The City of La Vallitte and its dependencies surrendered on September 6, about six weeks after the regiment had joined the Army. The Florian Gate leading to the city was taken possession of by the grenadiers under Captain Brooke, senior. The arrival of the Fleet with Sir Ralph Abercrombie and the Army destined to oppose the French in Egypt about December, 1800, gave the men of the Supple- mentary Militia attached to the 48th an oppor- tunity of showing the admirable feeling that animates every British breast. Though their services were limited to Europe, and though the Army was about to make war in the country of the plague where British arms had never been, yet they unanimously declared their wish to- share the new hardships and dangers. An order arrived from England for the immediate embarkation of the 48th. The regiment was on board transports, waiting a favourable wind. A frigate arrived from Egypt. The French Army had surrendered at Alexandria. Exultation at the news was damped by the regrets the corps felt at not having participated in achievements to which their spirits would have led them. They were disembarked some time in 1802. Four com- panies of all the limited service men were carried to England on board H.M.S.Athenian, commanded by Captain Sir Thomas Levingston ; the other six companies followed the next year, the disembarka- tion taking place in September at Portsmouth, whence they marched to Manchester. The 48th, having had a second battalion added, received 1,68 4 men from the Royal Army of Reserve. Soon after both battalions left Manchester for Horsham in Sussex. A separation now took place, the