John Mitchell

Profession
Private in the 95th Regiment. He joined Captain G. Miller's no.1 Company of the 2nd battalion on 1 April 1813, and was wounded at Waterloo and invalided home (3). The 95th were the Rifle Brigade, formed in 1800. They were distinguished by the use of green uniforms, with close-fitting pantaloons instead of breeches and black facings instead of white. They were armed with the Baker Rifle, more accurate and of longer range than the musket, and were trained to operate independently in pairs ahead of the main infantry with aimed shots: an unorthodox tactic at the time. Officers and men lived and worked more closely together than in other regiments. (2)
Chapel connection
1813 (baptism)
Spouse
Margaret Mitchell (1)
Children
Eleanor

Rifleman c.1815

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Rifle Brigade, Wikipedia (accessed 20 October 2011)
  3. George Caldwell and Robert Cooper, Rifle Green at Waterloo (Bugle Horn Publications, 1990) p.166. I am grateful to the Rifles Museum in Winchester for their assistance in finding this reference.

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