Minnie Aline posted " My g-g-g-grandfather, Richard Hollingsworth, enlisted
in the 45th foot in
1809 as a private. What would the soldier's pay have been at that time?
Where would I find out?
Here is my response, taken from my research and on my web site under the
name Edward Richards (www.richardsbygonetimes.co.uk
). Hope this helps.
This man was awarded the Peninsular Medal with 5 or 6 clasps (my memory
faded) - this medal still exists in a private collection. There is much
info. in the two chapters relating to his pay etc. This is but one entry,
there are many.
Edward Richards was in "H" Troop. Capt. W. H. Humphreys 4th. Division. He
is number 97 on both the Pay Roll (no pay recorded but states Chatham) and
Muster Roll (records "Driver - Portugal.
On this June 1809 Muster Roll an entry against the numbers 91 to 99 records
"Portugal". Another entry at the end of this Muster Roll records:
Richards - left out of the May Muster Roll by mistake and back mustered for
Although no pay details are revealed there are three columns across the page
with the headings:
1st. Class after 17 years service. 1s..5.1/4d. (1 shilling 5 pence and one
farthing) per diem. (day).
2nd. Class after 10 to 17 years service. 1s... 4.1/4d. per diem. (day).
(1 shilling -- 4 pence and one farthing) per diem. (day).
3rd. Class under 10 years service. 1s... 3.1/4d. per diem. (day). (1
shilling -- 3 pence and one farthing) per diem. (day).
Distribution and Prize List of the Royal Horse and Foot Artillery Royal
Engineers, Kings German Artillery, Royal Artillery Drivers, Royal Sappers
and Miners and Field Train Dept. of Ordnance for the First Period. (2 to 12
May 1809). (Page 27). (pages 22 to 27).
(P.R.O. Kew Ref. WO.164 / 260. "Payments") Corps of Royal Artillery Drivers.
72. Edward Richards. No payment recorded.
Note: The payment was 7s..2 1/2d. (Seven shillings and Two and a half
Only nine men had amounts against their names and the payments were mostly
in May and June. The amounts were under the headings: 6th. Class.