THE WALCHEREN DIARY OF LIEUTENANT JOHN GARBUTT, 84TH REGIMENT OF FOOT, 1809.
30pp., 4 colour & 1 b/w illus., P.B. 2014.
On 15 July 1809 when 2/84th consisting of 864 men embarked on the Duke of York’s ‘Great Expedition’. The 2/84th was to form part of the right wing in the 3rd Division commanded by Lieutenant General Thomas Grosvenor in Brigadier General Acland’s Brigade. The 2/84th then took their part in the siege operations at Flushing, as an outlying picquet and often providing infantry support for the siege artillery, a tedious but quite dangerous duty. John Garbutt’s journal was often written whilst actually sitting out on the outlying picket for the army and whilst actually under fire! The immediacy of these near misses certainly brings it to life and one can almost imagine being sat with him under fire from both musket and cannon.