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First World War
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Soldiers of the Regiment
Private John Horton
Contemporary copy of letter, written to the father of John Horton, by
Sergeant Henry Tassell, regarding the death of Private John Horton,
number 3394, of the 4th King’s Own, who died of wounds received during
the action at Fort Beyt during the Indian Mutiny. The letter is dated 12
12th May 1858
I am sorry to write to you under these painful circumstances to inform
you of the death of your much lamented son, John Horton, who died of his
wounds at Bombay on the 2 May 1858. On the 27 Mar 1858 we embarked on
board the Home [Honourable] East India Company’s Steamer Prince Arthur
for ? in route to this place when we arrived at ? Bay we were ordered to
proceed to the Island of Beyt in the Gulf of ______ a party of Rebels
had taken possession of a Fort on the Island at the attack we had 1
Sergeant and 2 Privates killed, 2 Lieutenants, 1 Corporal and 18
privates wounded your son among the latter but unfortunately since dead.
After the attack the wounded were taken to Bombay.
Dear Sir any mistake I might have made I hope to be forgiven for I write
as a comrade and I think the last thing one Comrade can do for another.
I remain Dear Sir,
Yours most Respectly
H Tassell Sergeant
4th King’s Own Regt
To Mr John Orton
My address is as follows:
1st Battn. 4th King’s own Regt.
The Indian Mutiny Medal roll confirms both a Sergeant H Tassell and a
John Norton, rather that Horton. Assume this to be the soldier.
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