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A tribute to Private James Sanderson by Crystella Poupard

Date added: 10 Jun 2015

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Crystella Poupard

Waterloo 200
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Since writing about my 3 x G Grandfather, Private James Sanderson, I have learnt that he was not in fact wounded on the field of battle. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal of Horse, the 1st Life Guards' equivalent of Sergeant upon his return in 1816 and served a further 13 years in the regiment and his discharge papers ring his praises.  

Thinking that he was originally from London, they informed me that he was in fact a Yorkshire man from Elland a little town close to Halifax.  He was also very tall for his time, 6 feet; the Life Guards insisted on drafting men over 5 feet 10in. 

I don't know if it is for the greater good of his memory, but James and his wife later took up the positions of Workhouse Master and Matron at Eastbourne Union at the time of the Poor Law Reform in 1837.   Doubtless his 22 years in the cavalry and steeliness under fire were considered just what was needed to keep the poor inmates in their place. However I have found a little cutting from the Sussex Gazette of January, 1841, where it is reported that he shows a certain amount of compassion to a poor chap who suddenly died of an apoplexy.  James himself died in Eastbourne in 1847 at the age of 66. 

 

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