NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793-1840, CLASP, ALGIERS ‘ROBT. HENRY, 2ND LIEUT., R.M.’
Robert Henry was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Marines on 1st Nov 1808. On 30th December he joined HMS Standard who’s Marine detachment was commanded by the famous Captain Edward ‘Fighting’ Nicholls, a soldier Henry would get to know very well.
On 18th May 1809, 120 marines under Captain Nicolls, Lieut’s Henry and Atkinson were landed on the island of Anholt. The marines powder had become wet and unusable during the landing from boats and were therefore forced to take the Danish guns and positions by force of bayonet, this they did although heavily outnumbered and effected the capture of the Island. Henry’s record of service (which is quoted in Bold italics herein) states: ‘Landed and disposed the Danes of the Island of Anholt after a severe engagement’ Nicholls was rewarded for this by being made Governor of the island and Lieutenant Henry would stay with him at Anholt before returning to England in November 1810. Lieutenant Henry joined the Royal Marine Artillery in January 1811 and ‘attended mathematical academy 12 months for instruction in gunnery’ ……………………….
Condition NEF, Sold with copied service records on CD and research.
Captain Henry had an outstanding service, especially for little known but very important side of the War of 1812 and for which a large amount of research still needs to be done.
Condition EF. An outstanding Brunswick Officer’s Military General Service medal that would be had to better.