Army discharge of Joseph Cooke, 1806

His Majesty’s 80th Regiment of Foot (for Staffordshire Volunteers) whereof General the Right Hon(oura)ble Lord Lake KB is Colonel

These are to certify, that the bearer hereof Joseph Cooke Corporal in the Regiment aforesaid, Aged 51 years, 5 Feet 6 Inches high of a Dark Complexion, Brown Hair, Grey Eyes, long Visage, born in the Parish of Winslow, in or near the Town of Winslow in the County of Berks [sic], and Kingdom of England, and by Trade a Laborer, hath served Honestly and faithfully for the space of 31 years; but from being afflicted with Venereal  Nodes  and Rheumatism he is thereby rendered unfit for further Effective Service, and is sent on Board to proceed to the Army Depôt in England, and provided the Inspector General of the Recruiting Service confirms this Certificate, he is hereby Discharged; \and humbly recommended as a proper object of his Majesty’s Royal Bounty of Chelsea Hospital/ having first received all just demands of Pay, Clothing, &c. from his Entry into the said Regiment to the date of this Discharge, as appears by the date of the Receipt on the Back hereof, except, Half mounting from 5th June 1798, to 4th June 1799, and Clothing from 5th June 1799 to 4th June 1800, due from the Estate of the late Major General St Leger

NB this Certificate is given free from erasure or alteration; should any appear to have been made the person making use of it, ought to be considered as a Deserter

Given under my Hand and Seal of the Regiment at Cananore this 24th day of Dec(ember) 1806

                                Ben Forbes Colonel
                                Comm HM 80th R(e)g(imen)t

[p.2] I Joseph Cooke do acknowledge that I have received all my Clothing, Pay, Arrears of Pay and all just demands whatsoever (those Claims excepted which are specified in the body of this Discharge) from the time of my Inlisting in the Regiment mentioned on the other side, to this Date Inclusive, and also 90 Days in advance, from this date, on my Embarking for England, as Witness my hand, at Cananore the 24th Day of Dec(embe)r 1806.

[signed] Joseph Cook


Cananore (now Kannur) is a city and a Municipal Corporation in the Kannur district, state of Kerala, India.

The 80th Regiment of Foot was created in 1793 for the war against France. It served in South Africa, Ceylon, Egypt, and India from 1803. Major-General St Leger commanded it from 1795 to 1800. Joseph Cooke must have been transferred to it from another unit.

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