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Private James Gosnell

Waterloo 200

of Dures, County Cork

Captain Alexander Fraser's Company

1 Jan 1786 - 1 Jan 1846

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Submitted by: Neil Harrison

Date added: 16 Jun 2015

Pte James Gosnell, 42nd Royal Highlanders

James Gosnell was born in the Parish of Dures, County Cork, and enlisted into the 42nd Foot, a volunteer from the South Cork Militia, at Limerick on 14th May 1811, aged 25 years, a Shoemaker by trade. He served with the 42nd Foot in the Peninsula and at Waterloo,

• Private James Gosnell, 42nd Royal Highlanders, was severely wounded at Toulouse and by a lance at Waterloo.Where he served:

• 1793-1814, Peninsula War, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse

• 18th June 1815 at Waterloo. – James Gosnell received a wound from a lance in the right leg at Waterloo.

• Discharged on 24 August 1821, on reduction of the regiment. His discharge papers state that he 'was severely wounded in the side at Toulouse – also received a wound from a lance in the right leg at Waterloo and has been frequently in hospital at Clonmel with pulmonic complaints.' These papers bear the stamp 'Royal Kilmainham Hospital 12 Sep 21re-enlisted at Naas, County Kildare, into the First Royal Regiment of Veterans on 25 December 1821, now giving his place of birth Parish of Abbeswedy, Cork, and served in that regiment until its disbandment on 8th April 1826.

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