|From the 1st November 1847 until the 15th of November 1850 (3 years, 15 days), 2nd Lieutenant Luard was posted in the Garrison Town of Chatham. It was here that the
Royal School of Military Engineering was based at Brompton barracks. These were heady days, as the Chartist were gathering in Kennington Common and the Duke of
Wellington, Commander of the British Army, had called up troops in case of Riots. Garrison towns such as Chatham regularly paraded the troops as a show of force.
On the 16th November 1850, 2nd Lieutenant Luard was posted back to familiar grounds at Woolwich. Though it is not known what responsibilities he had there, Woolwich
was home to numerous Engineering training groups and the Royal Arsenal. It was during this time that he received a promotion to Lieutenant on the 24th November 1851.
Lt. Luard was to spend 2 years and 130 days at Woolwich.
On the 26th March 1853, as the threat of war with the Russians mounted, Lt. Luard received word of his first overseas posting. He soon boarded a troopship and set sail for
the British Colonies of the West Indies. Luard was to spend nearly 4 years on Station there (3 years, 362 days). While serving there, Lt. Luard was again promoted, this time
to the rank of 2nd Captain, on the 14th of June 1856.
Returning to England on the 23rd day ofMarch 1857, 2nd Captain Luard asked for and received Leave for 131 days. Either due a poor right eye or as a fashion accent, Luard
begins to sport a monocle. Returning to duty, Luard was once more posted back to Chatham on the 1st of August 1857. It is most likely that Luard served as a Company
He was stationed there for 1 year and 69 days when he volunteered for another Foreign Service posting -- the newly formed Colony of British --that of Executive Officer of the
Department of Lands and Works-- which Luard accepted.
On the 9th of October 1858, 2nd Captain Luard takes command of the bulk of the RE and their families, who sail for British Columbia on the Thames City. Luard appears to
have also assisted in making the voyage more interesting by providing the ability for the RE to create the "Theatre Royal" on board.
Luard and two other officers performed the farce, "Box and Cox", Luard playing Mr. Box. It during this Voyage that Luard acquires the nick-name, "Old Scrooge" by the
Troops. As the ship reached the Equator, the age old sea custom of the arrival of Neptune occurred, in which all those who had not crossed the equator,were to suffer through
"Doctoring, shaving and ducking". The officers were not excluded.
In April of 1859, upon arriving in the Colony, Luard set to work preparing the Camp for occupation and creating the procedures for the Lands and Works Department to
operate within. As the Officer responsible directly for the state of the Men and the Camp, involved himself in much of their day to day activities. Among the many duties of
the Columbia Detachment was that of policing the Colony. Luard, as the Officer whose responsibilities were primarily military in nature, was on a number of occasions called
upon to maintain law and order in the Lower Mainland -
|The events did not end there. Two days later Luard found himself back in a Whaler with an armed detachment of RE.
|"I and Luard left about 5am in charge of the Whaler and cutter with an armed force and went down the river. When near the mouth we saw a canoe with 3 Indians, all of
whom we made prisoners. I was ordered to land on an island in search of another Indian shooting the other side, while Luard went round in his boat. He [?] him and called
out to him to stop but as he would not he fired at him, and sounded for us to do the same. I got my men back into the Whaler as soon as possible and gave the rascal chase,
but he managed in his small canoe to give us the slip and ran up a very narrow creek, quite impossible for our boat to get up. So I took the canoe we had captured and went
up in pursuit. We found the other canoe with several bullet holes through it. We could not find the Indians who were in it. We then went on the bank of the river where we
examined the Indian’s ranch. On quitting there to go round the other ranch, it came on very thick fog and unfortunately Luard got aground with his boat for about an
hour. I managed to keep mine afloat and when he got off. The fog was so thick that we were pulling about for a couple of hours at sea, not knowing which way the land lay.
At last fortunately it cleared up and we pulled for the river and after visiting the Indian ranch we were in search of, started home again with our prisoners. We did not get
back till about 9 pm."
29 October 1859, Lt. Lempriere RE
|It all culminated the following February.
|New Westminster Times
25th February, 1860
On Friday last a special court was held by His Honor Judge Begbie, to try some Indians who had been committed as accessories in murdering 3 Italians, which created so
much stir at the time. His Honor briefly addressed the Grand Jury in appropriate words, when they retired and found a true bill against one Indian known by the name of
"John Chinaman", who has as yet escaped justice, and orders, against whom there was scarcely any evidence, were liberated. It may perhaps, be hardly credited, but the cost of
keeping these Indians at Langley is computed to be over 200 Pounds. Justice is evidently an expensive article here.
|One of the arrangements that had been made while the RE were still in England was that the Colonial Government of British Columbia would pay "Colonial Pay" to all of the
Officer's and Men of the Columbia Detachment. This arrangement was not honored by the Colonial Government as the Treasury was bankrupt. Luard was to have received
202 Pounds per annum as Regimental Pay as well as Colonial Pay of 350 Pounds per annum.
During the time in British Columbia, Luard followed the established practice in the British Army of the era and took one of the Sappers under his command as his orderly. This
man, Sapper James Tribute appears to have served as Luard's Orderly from at least 1860 and may have served Luard prior to this time. It was common for an orderly to
serve alongside his Officer for years.
In March of 1861, Lady Franklin, wife of the famous Arctic explorer, came to the Camp. In addition the Royal Navy made the camp a regular port of call.
The Winter of 1861-62 in the Lower mainland was so extreme that the Fraser River froze solid, right up to the Mouth. The Royal Engineers were placed on half rations as all
supplies ceased to arrive from Victoria. During this winter, as Officer's such as young Lt. Palmer drove about on a red horse-drawn sleigh, others found themselves in dire
Sometime in that cold winter of 1861/62, Luard meets a Miss Caroline Mary Leggatt of Victoria. Caroline Leggatt was the eldest daughter of Fanny and George Leggatt.
George died prior to the Leggatt family arriving in Victoria and his wife re-married a Thomas Lett Wood, who was a practicing barrister and eventually Attorney General of the
Colony of Vancouver's Island.
On the 1st of April 1862, Luard is promoted to Captain.
Eventually Luard and Miss Leggatt are engaged and one of Luard's fellow officers, Dr. J. Vernon Seddall was also engaged to Miss Leggatt's sister.
In 1863 the Disbandment of the Columbia Detachment is been announced and the men who have come to the end of their enlistments begin to leave the Camp to make their
fortunes in the Colony.
Governor Douglas writes a confidential report to London regarding the Detachment and its officers. Douglas his report Douglas recommends Luard be given the post of
Commissioner of Lands and Works for the colony. Oddly, Governor Douglas does not inform Colonel Moody or Captain Luard of this recomendation. This seeming breach in
the normal chain of command gave rise to the so-called “Luard Contreversay”. In the end, Colonel Moody denies Luard permission to remain behind in the Colony.
On the 8th of October 1863 marries Caroline at her church, Christ's Church, Victoria. The witnesses are Colonel Moody, Robert Burnaby, and Thomas Lett Wood. Latter that
month they depart for England.
On the 30th of December 1863, Luard and his bride arrive in England after a Duty in British Columbia of 5 years and 82 days. Captain Luard then asks for and receives
Leave for 61 days.
On the 1st of March 1864, Captain Luard is posted to the British Fortress Garrison at Portsmouth. It is during this time that the Luard's take over a small English cottage,
"Rose Villa" across the river's mouth at Gosport, Southampton. It is here that Caroline gave birth to their son, Henry Arthur in December of 1865.
The Luard's stay in Portsmouth until the 15th of November 1866 (2 years, 260 days) when, Captain Luard is transferred to a posting at the British Garrison at Athlone,
Luard and his young family take Leave for the move on the 16th of November 1866 and arrive at Athlone on the 2nd of January 1867. The Luard's take up residence in the
Town and a girl is born into the family, Eleanor Mary.
On the 26th Of February 1870, after service in Ireland of 3 years and 56 days, Henry Reynolds Luard died.
|"On the 26th Feb., at Athlone, after a few hours' illness. HENRY REYNOLDS LUARD, Captain Royal
Engineers, third son of the late Peter F. Luard, M.D., aged 41."
3 March 1870, The Times.
|Captain Henry Reynolds Luard was the cousin of Colonel - later Lieutenant General Richard George Amherst Luard, CB who in
1880 became the General Officer Commanding theForces of Canada.
Captain Henry Reynolds Luard's son Capt. Henry Arthur Luard, 2nd Battalion. East Yorkshire Regt., died of enteric [fever] at Winburg, Orange River Colony, Feb. 5th, 1901,
while serving on the Staff there. He was born Dec., 1865, and educated at Wellington College, where he was in the Blucher, 1877-84. He entered the Northamptonshire
Regiment from the Royal Military College in 1886, being promoted captain in the 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment in Feb., 1898. Capt. Luard went to South Africa,
Aug., 1900, and served in the Cape and Orange River Colonies up to the time of his death.