Private James Smith

Private James Smith (service number 5736) served in the 2nd battalion Scots Fusiliers Guards from 1856 to 1876. He did not served in any armed conflict or military campaign. He is entitled only to the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Born in April of 1834 in Glasgow , Scotland

Height : 5’ 8”             Hair : Dark brown

Eyes : Hazel              Trade : printer

April 4th, 1856: Enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Scots Fusiliers Guards

September 1858 : The 2nd battalion was stationed for a year in Dublin, Ireland

December 21st, 1861: Due to the Trent Affair (Fenians) in Canada, England decided to reinforce her military presence in Canada. The 2nd battalion Scots Fusiliers Guards left for Canada on the SS Parana (December 19th according to the official history of the regiment). They arrived in Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia on January 6th. They then sailed to Halifax and then St-John New-Brunswick where they disembarked on January 19th.

On February 9th, they then took a sleigh ride from St-John to Rivière-du-loup, Quebec where they entrained and went to Montreal.

Drawing of the sleigh ride to Rivière-du-loup from the book The Scots Guards 1642-1914

They arrived in Montreal on February 11th and were billeted at Victoria’s Barrack.

October 10th, 1864: Him and the battalion were back in United Kingdom. He served abroad for almost 3 years.

Picture of Victoria’s Barrack in Montreal, Canada (1866)

April 4th, 1865: He reengaged for a period of 11 years.

May 23rd, 1876: He took his discharge from the Army. He served with the Scots Guards between the two major conflicts of the period (Crimea – Egypt 1882).

August 15th : He received his Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He is not entitled to any other medal.

Typical uniform for British soldiers in Canada 1865

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

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  • Bob Barker  On 2013/03/14 at 17:40

    Thanks very much for this. I’m doing some research into one of his colleagues (Pte Charles Brooker), who was a Chelsea Pensioner (an OUT pensioner) in our stfeet in the 1881 census. He brought back a wife (“Harriett”) from Montreal. His army records are at Kew

  • Gay Summers  On 2013/04/28 at 06:14

    James Smith is a distant relative of ours we believe. He married a woman called Margaret and they had five children, one of which was named Mary, who married John Pratt from Norfolk, England, and they immigrated to NZ in the late 1800s. If you would like to contact me please do.

  • Bob Barker  On 2013/04/28 at 06:30

    Sometime soon I’ll be going to Kew to look up Charles Brooker’s army records. I can find James Smith at the same time if you like. They must have been contemporaries)
    (NB the Trent affair was unconnected to the Fenians)
    Bob B

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