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Captain William Thorne, 56th Regiment (d.1844)

Photo credit: Chelmsford Museums

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Thorne entered the Army as an Ensign in the 97th Foot in 1799. He served in the Egyptian Campaign of 1801 under Sir Ralph Abercrombie, earning the Sultan’s Gold Medal. He also acquired dropsy, a diseased liver and opthalmia in Egypt, resulting in his exchanging Regiments and joining the 56th in 1807.

His deteriorating condition resulted in a further transfer to the 8th Garrison Battalion. Sadly, his career ended with his total blindness and he eventually died in 1844.

Chelmsford Museum Store

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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    51 x 37.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    donated, 1973


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