RE: RE: RE: Posthumous Promotions
by Peter J. Malia - written 08/10/2009 01:05:14
Peter J. malia wrote (07/10/2009 12:49:48):
Paul, one of the many wrote (07/10/2009 06:47:15):
This is just a guess mind you. I suspect that a promotion to ensign required approval from London, and that approval was granted after he died, but before London was notified of his death. Papework moved much slower - well, a bit slower then, didn't it?
Thank you for your thoughts. Adjutant Campbell's widow received an "enhanced" pension with annual contributions of 10 pounds each from Lord Loudoun and two other senior officers in the Guards. I suspect his his actual promotion to ensign before his death -- is what led to the official recognition postmortem, so to speak.
Peter J. Malia wrote (07/10/2009 01:11:50):
I am researching the career of William Campbell, sergeant of a detachment of the Third Guards serving in America from 1776 - 1779. Campbell was a member of the Guards since the early 1760s at least, and was made adjutant of the 2nd Battalion of Guards in New York in 1777. Following his death in battle on July 5, 1779, Campbell is said to have received a promotion to Ensign,which I understand is unique. Campbell's widow (unnamed) went on the Compassionate Roll in March 1780, and Campbell's name was later recorded on the Chapel Wall of the Guard's Chapel. But I have no idea how that happened. Any help on these points would be most appreciated.
I believe I found the information in the London Gazette in a dispatch dated September 7, 1777:
It notes that a Mr. Campbell was promoted to ensign in the 3rd Guards, which fits in perfectly with William Campbell's late August promotion to Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion of Guards in America.
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