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British Army Service Record (1881–1892) for Lance Corporal Samuel John Huggins, 13th (Somersetshire) Light Infantry

Privacy Level: Public (Green)
Date: 29 May 1880 to 25 May 1892
Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire, Englandmap
Surname/tag: Huggins
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Source: British Army Service Record. John Huggins (1864–1922), born in Winchester, Hampshire; attested 1 June 1880, service no. 2148. Original record: The National Archives (Kew, UI). Archival ref. WO97/3110/51. Digital images online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed b subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2010-06-12).

Note: In this transcription,

  • (new page) indicates a new page in the record.
  • (italicized text within brackets) represents a note by the transcriber.

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Record of Service. W.O. Form 498. Regiment or Corps: R. Arty. Attestation of No. 2148, Name: John Huggins Joined at: Portsmouth on: 1st June 1880

  1. Name: John Huggins
  2. Born: in the parish of: Winchester,near the town of: Winchester,in the county of: Hants
  3. Age: 18 years —— months
  4. What is your Trade or Calling? ... Wood Turner
  5. Are you an Apprentice? ... No
  6. Are you married? ... No
  7. Do you now belong to the Militia, or Army or Militia Reserve, or to the Naval Coast Volunteers? or to the Royal Naval Reserve Force? ... No
  8. Have you ever served in the Army? ... No
  9. Have you ever served in the Marines? ... No
  10. Have you ever served in the Militia? ... No
  11. Have you ever served in the Royal Navy? If so, the Recruit is to state the particulars of his former service, and the cause of his discharge, and is to produce his Parchment Certificate of Discharge. ... No
  12. Have you truly stated the whole, if any, of your previous Service? ... Yes
  13. Have you ever been rejected as unfit for Her Majesty's Service, upon any prior Enlistment? ... No
  14. For what Regiment, Brigade or Corps are you willing to be attested or are you willing to be attested for General Service? ... For Royal Artillery
  15. Did you receive a Notice, and do you understand its meaning? ... Yes
  16. For what Bounty and Kit did you enlist? ... —— (entire question struck out)
  17. Have you any objection to make to the manner of your enlistment? ... —— (entire question struck out)
  18. Are you willing to be attested to serve for a term of twelve years, provided Her Majesty should so long require your services; the first eight years in Army Service, and the four remaining years in the 1st Class of the Reserve? ... Yes
  19. Are you willing to serve for a further term of twelve months if abroad, or if a state of War exists between Her Majesty and any Foreign power, if you should be directed so to serve by the Secretary of State for War, or by the Commanding Officer on any Foreign, Colonial, or Indian Station? ... Yes
  20. (struck out)

Declaration to be made by Recruit on Attestation.

I, John Huggins, do solemnly and sincerely declare, That to the best of my Knowledge and Belief the above answers to the foregoing questions made and signed by me, are true; and that I am willing to be attested for the Term of Twelve Years provided Her Majesty should so long require my Services, and also, if abroad, or if a state of War exists between Her Majesty and any Foreign Power, for such further term, not exceeding Twelve Months, as shall be directed by the Secretary of State for War, or the Commanding Officer on any Foreign, Colonial, or Indian Station.
Signature of Recruit: John Huggins.
Signature of Witness: Thomas (illegible)

Oath to be Taken by Recruit on Attestation.

I, John Huggins, do make Oath, that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty, Her Heirs, and Successors, and that I will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty, Her Heirs, and Successors, in Person, Crown, and Dignity, against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of Her Majesty, Her Heirs, and Successors, and of the Generals and Officers set over me. So help me God.
Witness my hand.
Signature of Recruit: John Huggins.
Signature of Witness: Thomas (same as above, but still illegible)

The above questions were asked of me John Huggins and answered by him in my presence, as herein recorded; and the said John Huggins made the above Declaration and Oath before me at Liverpool this 26th day of May One Thousand eight hundred and Eighty at 1.0 o'Clock, P.M.

Signature of the Justice: Edgar Murgrove

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Description of John Huggins.

Age apparently 18
Height: 5 feet 9 inches.
Chest measurement: 35 inches.
Complexion: Fresh.
Eyes: Blue.
Hair: Brown.
Any distinctive mark. None
Religious denomination: R. Catholic

Medical Certificate Prior to Attestation.

I have examined the above-named Recruit and find that he does not present any of the following conditions, viz.:——
Scrofula; phthisis; syphilis; impaired constitution; defective intelligence; defects of vision, voice, or hearing; hernia; haemorrhoids; varicose veins beyond a limited extent; inveterate cutaneous disease; chronic ulcers; traces of corporal punishment, or evidence of having been marked with the letters D or B.C.; contracted or deformed chest; abnormal curvature of the spine; or any other disease or physical defect calculated to unfit him for the duties of a soldier.
He can see at the required distance with either eye, and he declares he is not subject to fits of any description. I consider him fit for Her Majesty's Service.
Dated at: Liverpool
Date: 26 May 1880
Signature of Surgeon: illegible), M.D. Surgeon H.P. (illegible)

Medical Certificate——On Approval.

Re-examined by me at Warminster on the 29th of May 1880, and finally approved as fit for Service.
Wm Curran, Surgeon Major (illegible)

Certifcate of Superintending Officer or Adjutant.

I hereby certify that the above-named John Huggins and that he was inspected by me, and I consider him in every respect fit (or unfit, as the case may be) (boldfaced text struck out) for Her Majesty's Service, and that I have examined this attestation and find it properly filled up.
Superintending Officer, Recruiting Service: PH Martin Major

Certificate of Approving Field Officer.

I certify that this Attestation of (No.) 4339 (Name.) John Huggins Royal Regiment of Artillery is correct, and that the required forms have been complied with. I accordingly approve, and appoint him to Royal Artillery, for the period of his Army Service.
If enlisted by special authority, number and date to be here quoted ——
Date: 29 May 1880
Signature of Approving Field Officer: [illegible] Col Commanding 1348? (illegible)
Service Abroad ... ——
Wounded ... ——
Effect of Wounds ... ——
Distinguished himself ... ——
Married ... ——
Next of Kin, Mother, Margaret, Toronto Canada
Brothers, 2 older

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Statement of the Services of No. 2148 3bBde

Name John Huggins
(Format, from column headings:) Corps in which served; Battn. or Depôt; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c.; Army Rank; Dates; Service not allowed to reckon for fixing the rate of Pension, years, days; Service in Reserve not allowed to reckon towards G.C. [Good Conduct] Pay, years, days; Signature of Officer certifying correctness of Entries.
Service towards limited engagement reckons from 26 May 1880
Somerset L.I. (Light Infantry); 2; Further Service; Private; 3 April 1885; ——; ——;
(Ditto); Promoted; Corporal; 27 May 1890; ——; ——; HW Phillips SP
(Ditto); To Army Reserve; Cpl; 15 November 1890; ——; ——; H Walsly Major
(Ditto); discharged; [Ditto]; 25 May 1892; ——; ——; [illegible]
Total Service towards Engagement to 25-5-92 (date of discharge) 12 years —— days (signature illegible)

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Statement of the Services of No. 36/2148

Name John Huggins
(Format, from column headings:) Corps in which served; Promotions, Reductions, Casualties, &c.; Rank; Period of Service in each Rank, From, To; Amount of Service towards G.C. Pay and Pension, years, days; Amount of Service towards Lim. Engagt.

R. Arty. (Royal Artillery)

... 7 Bde; Attested; Gunner; 26 May 1880 to 30 June 1880; – years, 36 days; do.
... 10 Bde; Transferred; Gunner; 1 July 1880 to 28 Feb'y 1881; – years 243 days; do.
... Transferred to the 36 Brigade Depot on the 28 February 1881 per Horse Gds W.O. Auth of (illegible) 19-2-81 115/1/13 Foot/46 D41388

I certify the above to be a correct Statement of the Services of John Huggins up to the 28th February 1881. (illegible signature) A Sup't (illegible) Record

... 1/13th; Transferred; Private; 1 March 1881 to 30 June 1881; – years, 122 days; do.
... (Ditto); Appointed Lce Corpl 10th May; ——; ——; 1 year 36 days; do.
... (Ditto); Continued; Lce Corpl; 1 July 1881 to 30 Sept 1881; – years, 92 days; do.
...(Ditto); Promoted; Corporal; 1 Oct 1881 to 2 March 1883; 1 year, 153 days; do.
... (Ditto); G.C. Pay at 1d (Service) 26 May 1882
... 2 Somerset; Transferred; Corporal; 3 March 1883 to 22 Oct 1883; – years, 234 days; do.
... (Ditto); Promoted; Sergeant; 23 Oct 1883 to 16 June 1884; – years, 237 days; do.
... (Ditto); In Arrest; Drunkenness; 17 June 1884 to 20 June 1884; – years, 4 days; do.
... (Ditto); Tried & Reduced to Corporal; ——; 21 June 1884 to 21 June 1884; – years, 1 day; do.
... (Ditto); Released to Duty; Corporal; 22 June 1884 to 2 March 1885; ——; ——
... (Ditto); Forfeits G.C. Pay at 1d 19th June 1884
... (Ditto); Permitted to extend his service to complete 10 years with the Colors; Rangoon; 3 March 1885 to 28 March 1885; – years, 26 days; do.
... (Ditto); In Confinement; Absence & Drunkenness; 29 March 1885 to 31 March 1885; – years, 3 days; do.
... (Ditto); Tried & Reduced; [Ditto]; 1 April 1885 to 1 April 1885; – years, 1 day; do.
... (Ditto); Released; Private; 2 April 1885 to 7 June 1887; 2 years, 67 days; do.
... (Ditto); Restored to G.C. Pay, 2nd April 1886
... (Ditto); G.C. Pay at 2d; 2 April 1888
... Appointed Lce Corporal; 8 June 1887 to 15 Nov 1890; 3 years, 161 days; do.
... (Subtotals) 10 years, 174 days; do.
... A Res; Taunton St; [Ditto]; 15 Nov 1890 to 17 May 1892; 1——; 1 year, 183 days
... (Totals) 10 years, 174 days; 11 years, 357 days; G.C. Pay, 10 years, 174 days
AW Phillips, Lieut Colonel AJD, Station Paymaster

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Military History Sheet.

  • Service at Home and Abroad (including former service of re-enlisted men, when allowed to reckon towards G.C. Pay or Pension.)
  • (Format, per columns at top of table:) Country; From; To; Years, Days.
... Home; 26 May 1880; 2 March 1883; 2 years, 281 days
... India; 3 March 1883; 12 Novr 1890; 7 years, 255 days
... Home; 13 Novr 1890; 25 May 1892; 1 year, 194 days
... Total 12 years, 0 days.
  • Next of Kin ... Mother, Margaret, Toronto, Canada. Brothers, 2 older.
  • Campaigns: Third Burmese
  • Wounded ——
  • Effects of Wounds ——
  • Special instances of gallant conduct ——
  • Medals, decorations, and annuities Indian Medal & Clasp - Burma 1885-7
  • Injuries in or by the Service ——
  • Married To whom —— Place and Date ——
  • Passed Classes of Instruction: Assistant Instructor in Army Signalling
  • Certificates of Education: 3d Class 8 Oct'r 1880 (CR 9/10/AJ-1-11-80)
  • Character on being passed to Reserve: Very Good
  • Character on being Discharged: Very Good
  • Place of Discharge: Taunton
  • Cause of Discharge: In consequence of the termination of his first period of limited engagement
  • Pension awarded ——
  • Died ——
  • Awarded 3d Class School Certificate 8-10-80 (CR 9/10/Af-1-11-88)

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Medical History
Form F.
W.O. Form 1143.

Surname Huggins Christian Name John
Enlisted on 29th day of May 1880 at Warrington
Birthplace Parish Winchester County Hants
Age (last birthday) 18 Years
Former trade Wood Turner
Height 69 Inches.
Weight ——
Chest measurement 35 Inches.
Physical Development Good
Small Pox Marks Nil
Vaccination Marks Arm Right Number one
When vaccinated Infancy
Marks on body, congenital or other are None
Finally approved by Wm Curran Major [illegible]
Re-vaccinated on 9th day of June of 1880
Arm Right Number Three
Result Perfect
(illegible signature) Surgeon A.M.
On Enlistment Joined
Corps. 7th Brigade RA (Royal Artillery)
Regtl. Number 4339
Date: 1 June 1880
Corps. 10th Brigade RA
Regtl. Number 3445/10
Date: 1 July 1880
Transferred to 1/13 L.I. (1st Battalion, 13th (Somersetshire) Light Infantry)
Regtl. Number 36/2148
Date: 1 March 1881
General remarks as to habits, conduct, &c.
Good, Temperate
(signature:) E Montif? Major Res?

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Surname Huggins Christian Name John

(Format, per columns at top of table:) Station, or Troop Ship; Date of Arrival at the Station, or of Embarkation; Date of Attack; Dates of: Admission into Hospital (Yr., Mo., Day), Discharge from Hosptial (Yr., Mo., Day); Diseases according to Nomenclature, (a) Primary, (b) Secondary; Number of Days in Hospital; Remarks on nature of the disease, how induced, if mile or severe, if completely recovered from, whether any particular treatment was adopted, in venereal cases state nature of primary disease and whether mercury has been given, if an accident state whether it occurred on duty.
... Gosport; 3 June 1880
... Isle of Wight, 2 July 1880; ——; 22 July 1880; 26 July 1880; Sprain; 4 days; Slipped down, Accidental
... (Ditto); 26 Aug 1880; 31 Aug 1880; Ulcer; 5 days; Light Bo--s? Recovered
... (Ditto); 18 Sept 1880; 25 Sept 1880; Herpes; 7 days; Uncertain
... Curragh; 23 Oct 1881
... Dublin; 30 Jan 1882
... Athenry; 25 Jan 1882
... Dublin; 30 June 1882
... HMS Serapis; 3 Mar 1883
... Kamptee; 6 April 1883
... Rangoon; 22 Dec 1883
... (Ditto); ——; ——; 26 Feb 1884; 3 Mar 1884; S.C. Fever; 6 days; Quinine
... (Ditto); 28 June 1884; Passed for extension of service to 10 years with the colours; Wm Robertson Sgt Major
... Allaninyo; 16 June 1884
... Rangoon; 13 Oct 1885
... Yemathen; 18 Feb 1886; ——; 22 Feb 1886; 16 Mar 1886; Ague (b) Genl Debility; 23 days; Quinine, Iron
... Transferred to Tounghoo 2 April 1886
... Tounjoo; 14 April 1886; ——; 14 April 1886; 14 May 1886; Grl Debility; 37 days; Severe hardships & exposure on active service, Iron, Quinine
... Belgaum; 26 April 1887; 49; 14 Jan 1888; 4 Feb 1888; Primy Syphilis; 21 days; [illegible]
... bali oflash? arrival in India 3 Mar 1888
... HMS Clive; 16 Oct 1890

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Source: British Army Service Record. John Huggins (1864–1922), born in Winchester, Hampshire; attested 1 June 1880, service no. 2148. Original record: The National Archives (Kew, UI). Archival ref. WO97/3110/51. Digital images online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed b subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2010-06-12).





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