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Thomas saw his redemption in a journey through the purgatory of service as a private soldier in the British army. His travails would be hard and the privations many but bound by his word he sticks to his resolution. He was to campaign far and wide: from the expedition to Buenos Ayres, during which he was captured, to the despicable conditions of the retreat to Coruña, fever-ridden Walcheren, battles and skirmishes in the Peninsula including Roleia, Vimiero, Fuentes D’Oñoro, Vittoria, Bayonne and the Nivelle, and finally the battle of Waterloo. His discharge followed soon after and, despite being back in his homeland of Scotland, the penury of an ex-serviceman was his only reward.
A vivid and uncompromising tale of hard fighting, privation and the realities of war.
Text taken, whole and complete, Constable’s Miscellany, Vol. XXVII, Memorials of the Late War Vol. I. published Constable & Co, Edinburgh 1828.
Original –119 pages
Author – Anon– (1790-????)
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