Wills of Officers of the 56th West Essex

Given the strong possibility of receiving fatal injuries during their duty, many of the Officers and men of the 56th Regiment made wills during their service.

The National Archives holds some of these records which are available for download for a small fee.

The names of those held are shown below.

Name Rank Date of will Place
Thomas Chisholme Surgeon 15 Dec 1788 Islington
William Fife QM Sgt 28 May 1812 Westminster
Charles Forbes Captain 7 March 1825  
William Gould Sergeant 6 December 1819  
Warburton Grey Captain 20 July 1840 Middlesex
William Marshall Captain 22 May 1764  
William Matthews Private 16 October 1813 HMS Sapedmontonde
Chapple Norton Colonel 3 June 1818 Charlemont, Ireland
William Playstowe Captain 4 July 1760  
Samuel Pole Lieutenant 8 October 1783  
Robert Stephen Captain 27 April 1764  
John Holdgson Vincent Ensign 17 January 1815  
Brereton Watson Captain 17 May 1822 Brompton, Middlesex