|Presented to a John G. Johnston, this image shows a Drum Major - named Martin - of the 1st Battalion, 15th Regiment
of Foot. The photograph was taken just prior to the battalion's departure from Canada to Bermuda in 1868.
No. 2412 Drum Major William Martin was born in Chester, Cheshire around 1830. He attested with the 1st Battalion,
15th Regiment of Foot as a private on 3 June, 1844 at the age of 14 years, 7 months. He was promoted Corporal on 1
April, 1859 and Sergeant on 21 October, 1861. Martin was appointed Drum Major on 27 June, 1862. After completing
21 years, 15 days service he was discharged on 17 April, 1868
In this photograph Martin wears the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal which was granted to him on 16 June, 1866.
Along with the medal came a £5 gratuity. His battalion's last active service had been in the West Indies in 1805 and
would have been on alert in Canada during the so-called Trent Affair between Great Britain and the United States in
Martin overseas posting included 9 1/2 years in Ceylon, 11 months at Gibraltar, 6 years three months at New
Brunswick, Canada and 4 months at Bermuda where he was discharged.
At the time of his discharge Martin was described as just under 39 years old with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and
light brown hair. His intended trade was listed as "none" which may imply that he planned on living off his pension and
his intended place of residence was listed as Manchester.
The 1871 census for the town of Astley, Lancashire which is near Manchester shows a William Martin, born in Chester,
age 41 living there with his wife Jane with a given occupation of "Rifle Range Keeper, Vols." This man is very
probably former Drum Major William Martin.
Carte de Visite
St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada
21st April, 1868