LONG SERVICE & GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL

Awarded for 21 years long service & good conduct.

NAMED TO:  2181 Private G. Brewer 49th Foot (Hertfordshire, Princess Charlotte of Wales's).

NAME: GEORGE BREWER
BORN: Around Dec 1822 in the parish of Aston, near Wallingford, Berkshire (now in Oxon.). This is according to the Army
documents, see Census detail in the remarks.
ENTERED SERVICE: 07 Oct 1844 at New Windsor, Berks.
PROMOTIONS:  Nil.

DIED:

SERVICE HISTORY:

07 Oct 1844 : Enlisted at the District HQ, New Windsor, Berkshire. He is aged 21 years and 10 mths at the time, his trade is given
as a Labourer and his height is 5ft 10.75 ins. He is paid £3-10-0 for enlisting with 2/6d going to the recruiter.
19 Oct 1844 : Joined Regiment, at that time barracked at Winchester.
08 Apr 1845 : The Unit (10 Companies) moves the 23 miles to Gosport and then goes into barracks at Devonport.
26 Sep 1845 : The majority of the Regiment lands at Kingston and march the short distance to Dublin, No.1 Company is detached
at Tyrrellspass and No.3 Company at Phillipstown.
29 Sep - 04 Oct 1845 : 158 men march to Athlone.
30 Sep - 06 Oct 1845 : 220 men march to Athlone, Brewer is amongst this group and Athlone becomes the Units new posting.
15 Dec 1845 : With 73 other men under Capt. Browne, Brewer marches to a place called Roscommon. (19 miles)
13 - 14 Mar 1846 : Marches from Roscommon to Ballinlass and then Ballygar before returning to Roscommon. Brewer also forfeits
a day's pay at this time.
04 April 1846 : From Roscommon to Athlone to rejoin the Regiment.
14 - 18 April 1846 : The Unit moves in 5 groups (totalling 646 men) to Castlebar.
Apr - Jun 1846 : 6 days in hospital.
Jul - Sep 1846 : 3 days in hospital.
13 Aug 1846 : Marches 18 miles with the rest of his company (127 men) to Ballinrisbe(?).
1 Sep 1846 : Marches 18 miles with 84 other men to Westport, the remainder of the Regiment was reforming at this time at
Galway.
14 - 23 Sep 1847 : After being detached for a year, the company marches the 130 miles to Dublin, again under Capt. Powell.
08 - 27 Oct 1847 : Remainder of Regiment assembles at Dublin.
31 Jan - 2 Feb 1848 : With 31 other men, Brewer travels to Kineger and then back to Dublin. At this time he is also stopped 2
days pay.  
19 Oct 1848 : Unit moves to Templemore. (79 miles S.W.).
31 Mar 1849 : Brewer is on detachment at Thurles under Col. Sgt. Lloyd.
08 Oct 1849 : After 6 months away, Brewer and his detachment march to Templemore.
01 Nov 1849 - 12 Dec 1849 : On Furlough.
15 - 22 Apr 1850 : Regiment moves in 3 groups to Fermoy (15 - 19 Apr : 169 men, 16 - 20 Apr : 201 men, 17 - 22 Apr : 232
men).
22 - 23 Nov 1850 : In Regimental Confinement.
03 - 30 Dec 1850 : On Furlough.
23 Jan 1851 : Brewer and 598 men march from Fermoy to Cork Barracks.
15 Feb 1851 : Unit embarks at Pearose Quay, Cork.
15 Mar 1851 : Unit disembarks at Corfu.
Apr - Jun 1851 : 22 days in hospital.
30 Sep 1851 : Unit manpower at 26 Officers, 6 Colour Sgts, 6 SSgts, 19 Sgts, 23 Cpls, 10 Drummers & 533 Ptes.
09 - 10 Mar 1852 : In Regimental Confinement.
Oct - Nov 1852 : In hospital for 23 days around 31 Oct.
14 Jan 1853 : 2467 Pte John Devan commits suicide.
03 Apr 1853 : Boards the Freight Ship 'Emerald Isle'.
07 Apr 1853 : Disembarks in Malta. The HQ element followed later on board C.S. Vessel 'Ripon' on 20 - 29 Jun.
11 Nov 1853 : 30 men discharged or Invalided out.
31 Mar 1854 : Brewer goes into hospital.
11 Apr 1854 : Brewer is still in hospital. As he is sick and the remainder of the Regiment is departing for service in Bulgaria and
later the Crimea, he is struck off to the 68th Foot. The  49th departed in 2 separate groups (28 Mar - 17 Apr & 21- 28 Apr) and
eventually landed in the Crimea (after service in Bulgaria). They were part of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division and suffered 9 officers
and 391 men killed or died of disease, suffering particularly at Inkerman.
01 Apr 1855 : Brewer is now at the Depot of the 49th  at Fermoy.
Dec 1855 : On detachment at Hawlbowline under Lt. Eustace.  
01 Jan 1856 : Granted 1d/day Good Conduct Pay.
Jan - Mar 1856 : On detachment at Camden Fort.
Aug 1856 : The depot has moved to Walmer in preparation to merge with the Service companies. The 49th left the Crimea on 16 &
17
Jun and landed at Portsmouth on 9 & 14 Jul. They travelled back on a mixture of ships including the 'Transit', 'Simoon' and
'Chantideer'.
20 Oct 1856 : Brewer rejoins the Regiment which is now in barracks at Shorncliffe, around this time he is deducted another days
pay.
Jan 1857 : 2 days in hospital
27 Feb 1857 : Boards H.M. Troop Ship 'Urgent' at Portsmouth having travelled there with 558 other men.
27 Mar 1857 : Disembarks in Barbados.
Apr - Jun 1857 : 7 days in hospital
19 Apr 1857 : 1 days pay deducted.
16 - 18 Feb 1858 : On board H.M. Ship 'Buzzard' under Capt. Armstrong with No.2 Company, no destination is given.
27 - 29 Jan 1859 : Brewer is on board ship for 3 days with Capt's Fitzgerald and Scoones (Officer's Commanding No. 7 & No. 9
companies.)
18 Apr 1859 : Brewer is granted 1d/day Good Conduct pay.
31 May 1859 : In hospital for this muster, he spends 6 days in hospital in total.
16 Apr 1860 : Boards ship at Barbados.
16 May 1860 : Disembarks at Portsmouth where the Unit is to be barracked, the depot at this time is in Belfast.
18 Apr 1861 : Granted 2d/day Good Conduct pay.
20 - 21 May 1862 : Regiment moves to Manchester.
31 June 1862 : Regimental strength at 38 Officers, 10 Colour Sgts, 8 SSgts, 10 Sgts, 40 Cpls, 20 Buglers, Drummers & Fifers and
733 Ptes.
18 April 1863 : Granted 3d/day Good Conduct pay.
22 July 1864 : Brewer is in a party of 3 officers and 626 men who travel from Manchester to Liverpool to board ships and then sail
to Dublin where the Regt. is to be based.
18 Apr 1865 : Granted 4d/day Good Conduct pay.
28 Apr 1865 : In a party of 16 Officers and 479 men who travel the 50 miles to Mulligar where the Unit is to be based.
18 May 1865 : Brewer is recommended for the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal by his Commanding Officer.
26 Aug 1865 : Brewer is part of the detachment of officers and men who are sent to form the depot. They are put under the
strength of the 4th Depot Battalion at Colchester, the 49th Foot being sent overseas for service in India (Bombay in 1866).
30 Oct 1865 : Regimental Board held at Colchester consisting of 2 officers of the 98th Foot (Bt. Major Cleveland & Capt. Reid) and
one of the 56th  Foot (Bt. Major Anderson). Brewer is to be discharged at his own request, with pension, after serving 21 years.
His conduct is described as Very Good with his name appearing 5 times in the Regimental defaulter book but having never been
tried by court martial. His description at discharge is 42 years 11 months old, 5ft 10.75 inches tall, sallow complexion, hazel eyes,
dark brown hair and a labourer by trade.  
14 Nov 1865 : Discharged at Colchester, he is paid a £1 with 12/- train fare to Lyne. His intended place of residence is given as the
Post Office, Crewe, Cheshire.
14 June 1866 : Medal is sent to Regiment who must have sent it on to Brewer.

REMARKS:

PRO Refs: WO12/6068-6089 (Muster Books), WO97/1081 (Soldiers Papers), WO102/3 (LS&GC Roll).

Census of 1881 gives this detail:-

Dwelling:    69 China St Cellar
Census Place:    Everton, Lancashire, England
Source:    FHL Film 1341876     PRO Ref RG11    Piece 3657    Folio 81    Page 39
Marr    Age    Sex    Birthplace
Geo. BREWER    M    56     M    Ipsden, Oxford, England
Rel:    Head
Occ:    Retired List Chelsea Pensioner
Sarah BREWER    M    38     F    Parkhill Broxton, Cheshire, England
Rel:    Wife
Sarah A. BREWER    U    16     F    Ireland
Rel:    Dau
Wm.R. BREWER         13     M    Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Rel:    Son

This man is shown as slightly younger and with a birthplace 3 miles from that that George gave on his enlistment papers. However
Brewer was in Manchester at the time he would have married a woman from Cheshire, he was in Ireland in 1865 when his daughter
was born and he gave his intended residence place as Cheshire, his wife’s home county. This is the correct George Brewer.
George Brewer - 49th Foot - Served 1844 to 1865