THE VETERAN OR 40 YEARS’ SERVICE IN THE BRITISH ARMY: THE SCURRILOUS RECOLLECTIONS OF PAYMASTER JOHN HARLEY 47TH FOOT – 1798-1838
308pp., 21 illus., 12 maps, P.B. 2018. John Harley served in 54th Foot in Egypt, and then the 47th Foot with Wellington in Spain and Southern France. The greatest joy of these pages are the various scurrilous incidents mentioned in these memoirs, which have all been found to be fully established in fact. Duels, bigamy, abductions, women tricked into marriage, sinking boats, cowardice, larceny, murder, corruption, human tragedy, bankruptcy, forgery, suicides, privateers, debtors prison, card sharks, highwaymen, prisoners of war, and Garryowen Boys, indeed the whole gambit. John Harley’s memoirs are a real joy and a real eye-opener on many levels – once you have read them, you will never look at Wellington’s army in the same light ever again.