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Ensign James Gardiner

Ensign James Gardiner, the 4th Regiment of Foot, was arraigned upon the under-mentioned charge, viz.
‘For absenting himself from the army, and quitting this country, about the month of December 1813, without leave, and not joining his battalion, until about the 5th of April, 1814, to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, and in breach of the Articles of War.’
Upon which charge the Court came to the following decision:
The Court, having maturely and deliberately considered the evidence brought forward in support of the prosecution, as well as what the prisoner, Ensign Gardiner, has said in his defence, is of opinion that the prisoner, Ensign Gardiner, is Guilty of the crime alleged against him, being in breach of the Articles of War, and do, therefore, sentence the said Ensign Gardiner, of the 4th Regiment of Foot, to be dismissed His Majesty’s service. The Court cannot close its proceedings, without strongly recommending the prisoner to the clemency of the Commander of the Forces, in consequence of his youth and inexperience, having only joined the 4th Regiment three weeks prior to the action of the 10th and 11th December, in which he was severely wounded.
His Royal Highness the Prince Regent has been pleased, in the name and on the behalf of His Majesty, to approve and confirm the finding and Sentence of the Court; and the Commander in Chief directs, that the charge preferred against Ensign Gardiner, of the 4th Regiment of Foot, together with the finding and Sentence of the Court, shall be read at the head of every corps, and entered in the general order book.
By command of HRH the Commander in Chief. Harry Calvert, Adj. Gen.

Reproduced from a contemporary account in the museum's collection.

In the museum's collection: Military General Service Medal with bars ‘Nivelle’ and ‘Nive’ to Ensign James Gardiner, 4th Foot, Accession Number: KO1023/04


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