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7318 Quartermaster Sergeant
Thomas James Chatfield
Royal Engineers

Outline of Service

Feb 1843:

Born in Cuckfield, Sussex.

11 Oct 1862: Enlisted as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers at Chatham, Kent.

15 Oct 1862:

Attested. Trade: carpenter. Height: 5'-6"; Complexion: dark; Eyes: dark; Hair: brown; Age: 19 years and 8 months.

23 Sep 1864:

Departed England for New Zealand. In actions at Wanganni, Nukumara, Waitotaria, and Ke Kamara. Awarded the New Zealand Medal.
15 Oct 1865: Awarded Good Conduct Pay at l.d.
27 Oct 1866: Returned to England. Posted to Chatham.
1 Jun 1867: Promoted 2nd Corporal.
9 Jul 1867: Posted to Aldershot.
Apr 1868: Posted to Chatham.
5 Oct 1868: Posted to Aldershot.
2 Jun 1870: Awarded Good Conduct Pay at 2.d.
1872: Passed Drawing & Architectural School with a rating of "Very Good".
1 Feb 1872: Promoted Corporal.
8 Apr 1872: Married to Anne Wiltshire at Gillingham, Kent, with leave.
7 Jul 1872: Daughter Fanny born.
16 Feb 1873: Promoted Sergeant & 3rd Class Military Foreman of Works.
29 Sep 1874: Reengaged at Westminster. On the Supernumerary Staff of the Home District.
15 Oct 1874: Awarded Good Conduct Pay at 3.d.

3 Dec 1874:

Posted to Bedford. 1877: Passed Photography School with a rating of "Very Good".
3 May 1877: Departed England for Gibraltar.
8 Nov 1877: Promoted Quartermaster Sergeant and & 2nd Class Foreman of Works.
15 Oct 1878: Awarded Good Conduct Pay at 4.d.
1880: Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and gratuity.
1 Jul 1882: Appointed Foreman of Works.
19 Jul 1882: Returned to England.

4 Sep 1882:

Posted to Tralee, Ireland.

14 Sep 1883: Permitted to serve beyond 21 years.
15 Oct 1883: Awarded Good Conduct Pay at 5.d.
13 Dec 1886: Posted to Chatham.
15 Oct 1888: Awarded Good Conduct Pay at 6.d.
24 Jun 1891: Discharged.
1 Apr 1904: Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and annuity.

REFERENCE:

WO97 Service Papers. Public Record Office, London.