Military General Service Medal, Java Clasp to Thomas Light, 59th Foot

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Thomas Light, 59th Foot, MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793-1814, Java, Severely wounded 26th Aug 1811 during the attack and capture of Fort Cornelis on Java. Thomas Light was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire on the 26th Dec 1784, he enlisted into the 59th foot on 1st Sept 1804, he received a levy £10: 16s. Sailed for service in India 8th July 1805, and was stationed at Bangalore. In 1811 the regt sailed as part of the expedition to capture the Dutch island of Java, landing at Chillingching on the 3th Aug. The enemys main defence on the island was Fort Cornelis. The 59th was heavily involved in the assault on the 26th Aug, the fort fell to the attackers. The 59th sustained heavy casualties, 7 officers, 2 sergts and 42 rank and file killed. 11 officers 3 sergts and 104 rank and file were wounded. Amongst the severely wounded was Thomas Light, his papers state CONTRACTED RIGHT KNEE FROM A WOUND RECEIVED AT THE ATTACK ON THE FRENCH AND DUTCH FORT OF CORNELIS, JAVA ON THE 26th AUGUST 1811.Thomas Light received a pension of 9p per day. He died on 1st April 1866 aged 81. A rare casualty from the Java campaign. This medal is illustrated on Plate 2 of “ SUDDEN DEATH SUDDEN GLORY”.THE 59th REGT 1793-1830. Ref No 15288