THE DIARY OF WILLIAM GAVIN, ENSIGN AND QUARTER-MASTER 71ST HIGHLAND REGIMENT, 1806-1815: BEING HIS DAILY NOTE OF HIS CAMPAIGNS IN SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, SOUTHERN FRANCE, AND FLANDERS, UNDER SIR DAVID BAIRD, SIR WILLIAM BERESFORD, SIR JOHN MOORE, AND THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON
102pp., illus., P.B. 2012.
He saw action at the capture of the Cape of Good Hope and the ill fated expedition to Buenos Aires in 1807. Arriving home, the regiment was promptly sent to Portugal, where it saw fighting at Rolica and Vimiero and the dreadful retreat to Corunna. Gavin then followed the regiment on the ill fated Walcheren Expedition. In 1811 Gavin was promoted to Ensign. He witnessed the Battle of Vitoria at dangerously close hand. The regiment was engaged at Sorauren, St. Pierre, the Nivelle, Orthes and Toulouse. Rushed to Belgium in 1815 the regiment played a significant part at the Battle of Waterloo and subsequent march on Paris.