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  1. Today is the anniversary of Napoleon's escape from Elba in 1815. Anyone know which unit was supposed to be guarding him?

    A cousin of Colonel Archibald Campbell was Sir Neil Campbell of the 54th Foot. "The man who let Boney go" This distinguished officer was second son of Captain Neil Campbell of Duntroon, Argyllshire and was born 1st May 1776. Joined 6th West India Regiment as Ensign in 1797. After three years service in West Indies returned to England and joined 95th Rifles as a Lieutenant and in the following year purchased a Company in the same regiment. In 1805 was promoted Major in 43rd Foot and in 1806 was removed to the 54th Foot. Served with this regiment in Jamaica and in 1808 returned home. Again sent to West Indies as a Brevet Lieut.-Colonel on the staff and in that capacity was present at the capture of Guadaloupe. Commmanded a Portugese Regiment during the Peninsular war. In February 1813 was sent to Russia by the British-Government and was employed by Gen. Lord Cathcart, British Ambassador at Petersburg to accompany a corps of the Russian Army and report on its force and military operations. In the autumn of 1813 was detached to the seige of Dantzig where a corps of 30,000 men were employed under Prince Alexander of Wurtemberg. On the 24th March 1814 was severly wounded at Fere Champenoise in France in a Calvalry charge by a Cossack who mistook him for a French Officer and struck him to the ground. In April 1814 was chosen by the British Government to accompany Napoleon from Fontainebleau to Elba. In the following spring whist Col. Campbell was at Florence having left Elba for a few days on pressing business, Napoleon formed and carried out his plan of escape. Commanded the 54th in 1815 and was at the storming of Cambrey. C.B., gold cross for the capture of Martinique and Gaudaloupe, seige of Ciudad Rodrigo and Battle of Salamanca. A Knight Bachelor, Major-General, Govenor of Sierra Leone, where he died of fever, 14th August 1827.
  3. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    Be the D&D to take the blame for that little faux pas?
  4. Oi'm thinking you be roight boy
  5. Thanks for that ORC. Though in all fairness to the D&D the 54th were the West Norfolks back then. Amazing to think their CO was promoted to Major General after that escapade even though he was conveniently absent on leave.
  6. The whole thing was a bit of a shambles. Nap took his Guards Regt with him as it wa suspected there would be attempts on his life from off the island. There was a strong suggestion that we had assisted in his escape to deal with problems we had in Europe. He got away on his own boat that he had been allowed to bring to the island. Our guard ship was mysteriously away on some other business.
  7. So, performance wise letting the european public enemy number one go could be considered "NFN (Normal for Norfolk)"?