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PRIVATE ROBERT STERLING SAULL

2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps (60th Rifles)

By Guy Barker

 This article was originally published in the December 2010 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society

 

 

Robert Sterling  Saull was the son of Robert Sterling Saull and Sarah Lewis who were married on 25 January 1830 at Holy Trinity, Marylebone Road, Westminster (ref 1). 

Their children were:  (ref 2)

Robert Sterling born circa 1831 St Pancras, Middlesex; baptised 6 February 1831 at Holy Trinity. (Ref 3)

Isabella Mary born circa 1832 St Pancras, Middlesex; baptised 18 November 1832 at Holy Trinity

George William born circa 1834 St Pancras, Middlesex; baptised 12 January 1834 at Holy Trinity.

Mary born circa 1836 St Pancras, Middlesex.

James Lendrick born circa 1838 St Anns, Middlesex; baptised 1 April 1838 at Holy Trinity. Married circa 1864 St Pancras. (Ref 4)

Elizabeth born circa September 1840 St Anns, Middlesex; baptised 6 September 1840 at Holy Trinity.

William born circa 1848 St Anns, Middlesex.

 

In 1839 Robert S Saull is listed as an engraver at 8 Earl’s Court, Leicester Square, London in Pigot & Co’s: A Directory of London and its Suburbs.  (Ref 5)

The 1841 English Census for the family shows: (Ref 6)

Address

Earl’s Court, St Anne Soho, Westminster

Name

Relationship

Condition

Age

Profession

Where Born

M

F

Robert Saull

 

 

35

 

Engraver

Ireland

Sarah

 

 

 

30

 

Middlesex

Robert

 

 

10

 

 

Middlesex

Isabella

 

 

 

8

 

Middlesex

George

 

 

7

 

 

Middlesex

Mary

 

 

 

5

 

Middlesex

James

 

 

3

 

 

Middlesex

Elizabeth

 

 

 

9m

 

Middlesex

 

Robert Sterling Saull, Senior appears to have died after the birth of his son, William, who was born circa 1847 or 1848 as Sarah is described as a widow in 1851:

The  1851 English Census for the family shows: (Ref 7)

Address

7 Little Albany St North, Marylebone, Middlesex

Name

Relationship

Condition

Age

Profession

Where Born

M

F

Sarah Saul

Head

W

 

41

Seamstress

St Pancras, Middlesex

Robert Saul

Son

 

20

 

Printer

St Pancras, Middlesex

Isabella Saul

Daur

 

 

19

Servt

St Pancras, Middlesex

George Saul

Son

 

17

 

Printer

St Pancras, Middlesex

Mary Saul

Daur

 

 

15

Servt

St Pancras, Middlesex

James Saul

Son

 

13

 

Errand Boy

St Ann's,

Middlesex

Elizabeth Saul

Daur

 

 

10

Scholar

St Ann's,

Middlesex

William Saul

Son

 

3

 

 

St Ann's,

Middlesex

 

The British Army Service Records of Private Robert [Sterling] Saull indicate that he was born on 12 September 1836 as calculated from the termination of “Boy’s Service” on 11 September 1854 in his Discharge Records. (Ref 8) However there is a 5 year discrepancy in that he was baptised in 1831 which is quite substantial as he actually enlisted at the age of 22 years.

His Military Service from 7 September 1852 to 15 July 1862 in the 1st or Royal East Middlesex Regiment of Militia and 2nd Battalion 60th Regiment of Royal Rifles is detailed as per the transcribed records.

Shortly after his discharge Robert Sterling Saull was married to Caroline Yeo by J.F. Kitts on 14 September 1862 at St Pancras Church in the Parish of St Pancras, Middlesex. The marriage was witnessed by Robert Waite and Caroline Taylor. Robert is described as a Bachelor, of full age, a Printer, resident at Albany Street and the son of Robert Sterling Saull, Dead. Caroline is described as a Spinster, resident at Little Albany Street North and daughter of James Yeo, Dead. (Ref 9)

The Census Records for 1871 and 1881 also give inconsistent ages for Robert:

The 1871 English Census shows: (ref. 10)

Address

William St, Pancras, London, Middlesex

Name

Relationship

Condition

Age

Profession

Where Born

M

F

Robert Saull

Head

M

38

 

Printer

Marylebone Middlesex

Caroline Saull

Wife

M

 

40

Dressmaker

Marylebone Middlesex

Charles Morgan

Nephew

 

10

 

Errand Boy

St Ann's

Middlesex

 

Details of Robert Saull's Military Career:

 

46143

W.O. Form 83.

HER MAJESTYS

 

2nd Battn 60  REGT OF Royal Rifles

Whereof Lt. Gen. Sir W.G. Moore KCB. is Colonel.

[Place and Date] Portsmouth 18th June 1862

PROCEEDINGS OF A REGIMENTAL BOARD, held this day, in conformity to the Articles of War, for the purpose of verifying and recording the Services, Conduct, Character, and cause of Discharge of No. 3487, Pte Robert Saull of the Regiment above-mentioned.

President

BD Col D D Winter

Capt. the Hon: A Liddele

Members

Capt. Farquharson

THE BOARD having examined and compared the Regimental Records, the Soldier’s Book, and such other Documents as appeared to them to be necessary, report that Private Robert Saull by Trade a Printer was BORN in the Parish of St Marylebone in or near the TOWN of London in the County of Middlesex and was ATTESTED for the 2nd. Bn. 60’ Regiment of Royal Rifles at Westminster in the County of Middlesex on the 12’ June 1854 at the Age of 17 years & 9 months that after making every deduction required by Her Majesty’s Regulations, the SERVICE up to this day, which he is entitled to reckon, amounts to Six years, 185 days, as shown by the detailed Statement on the 2nd page; during which period he served abroad 5 4/12 years, viz,

At Cape of Good Hope _________________________2 1/12 years;

In East Indies _________________________________1 8/12 years;

China ______________________________________ 1 7/12

and further, that his DISCHARGE is proposed in consequence of Medical disability

[In cases of Disability, the Regimental Medical Officer will write his Report on the 3rd page hereof.]

As shewn on the 3rd page hereof

With regard to the CHARACTER and CONDUCT of Pte Robert Saull the BOARD have to report that upon reference to the Defaulter’s Book, and by the Parole testimony that has been given, it appears that

[Here insert Character, G.C. Badges, and other Honorary Distinctions, as required by Adjutant General’s Circular Letter, 29th September, 1838, and Circular of 27th August, 1855.]

his Character & Conduct have been good

[Here give particulars relating to Courts Martial, required by Circular of 5th March, 1859, No. 156.]

Once tried by Court Martial

 

Little Albany Street, North Regents Park

Pte Robert Saull being asked to what date he has been paid, answered, that his Account is balanced up to the latest period required by the Regulations; and being further asked whether he has any claim on the Regiment for Arrears of PAY, ALLOWANCES, or CLOTHING, answered that he has received all just demands, from his entry into the Service up to the 18 June 1862 and in confirmation therefore, affixes his signature hereto.

Robt Saull

I acknowledge this to be true.

Witness R.C. Robinson Esq

Commanding the Company to which he belongs.

THE Board have ascertained that Pte Robert Saull’s

Soldier’s Book is correctly balanced, and signed by the Officer Commanding his Company, and they declare, that they have impartially inquired into, and faithfully reported upon, all the matters brought before them, in accordance with the Regulations and Instructions issued by Her Majesty’s Orders.

[Additional Paragraph applicable in cases of Discharge by Purchase.]

D D Winter BD Col President

Arthur Liddele Capt} Members

V Farquharson Capt

Detailed Statement of the Services of Robert Saull

Regiment

Promotions, Reductions, &c.

Rank

Period of Service in each Rank

Amount of Service

 

From

To

Years

Days

60’ Rifles

Attested

Private

12 June 1854

11 Septr 1854

under

age

 

 

do.

12 Septr

16 March 1855

-

186

 

Deserted 17 March 1855

Rejoined 12 Septr 1855

-

-

 

In Confinement

13 Septr 1855

15 Decr 1855

-

-

 

Deduct forfeited by Conviction of desertion

-

186

 

Released

Private

16 Decr 1855

31 March 1857

1

106

 

Total Service allowed to 31 March 1857 One year and One hundred & six days

Sg Jas Douglas Major 2 / 60th Rifles

 

 

 

 

Private

1 April 1857

18 June 1862

5

79

 

GC Pay 1d

18 March 1861

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited GCP 1d

3 Jany 1862

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total of the foregoing Statement

 

6

185

Further Service from the 19th June 1862 to the 15th  July 1862 when finally discharged

 

27

 

 

Total Service allowed to reckon to the final day of discharge

6

212

The foregoing Report is hereby confirmed by me

[Signature]

Lt Col. Commanding 2/60 Regt of Rl Rifles

 

MEDICAL REPORT. – [In cases of Men to be Discharged as unfit for Service, the Regimental Medical Officer is to state here the nature and origin of the Disability, and whether the same has been caused by the Man’s Military Services, by Climate, by Constitutional Infirmity, or Predisposition, or is the result of indulgence in the use of Intoxicating Liquors, or other Vices. If from an Accident, under what circumstances the Accident occurred, and whether on or off Duty. In Ophthalmic Cases, or other Disorders of the Eyes, it must be stated how the Disease was contracted, and whether the same was or was not prevalent at the time in the Regiment, or at the Station.]

 

 Pte Robert Saul 2/60 Rifles is afflicted with Hyperterplesy [Hyperplasia] of the heart, to such an extent as to prevent him performing any kind of Active duty, he was first attacked with the disease while a Recruit in 1855 and since that state he has been gradually getting worse. Climate has had a great deal to do with his disability as he has served in the Cape, India & China, he has not been noted for Intemperance or Vice.

Signed J. Cunningham Major

Surgeon 60 Rifles

OPINION of the Principal Medical Officer at Chatham June 24 1862

Having examined Private Robert Saull I am of opinion he is unfit for further Service from Organic disease of the Heart.

Sd. Jameson

Dr. Sn. Gen.

Horse Guards, 15th July 1862.

THE DISCHARGE of the Man above mentioned is approved by the General Commanding-in-Chief.

J.J. Ji’dy AAG

Note: Dr Gunther

Heart’s Action excessive with a Bruit

T 80.548 25/1/64

87,844 24/9/-

 

W.O. Form 83.

 

FINAL DESCRIPTION

Of Pte Robert Saull

0f the 2/60 Regt. of R Rifles

when discharged the Service at

Chatham

this 15’ day of July 1862.

Age 25 years & 10 months

Height 5 Feet 6 Inches

Complexion Fresh

Eyes Grey

Hair Brown

Trade Printer

Marks or Scars, whether on the Face or other parts of the Body

Intended Place of Residence No 9 Little Albany Street, North Regent’s Park. London

 

Correspondence Records

 

F. 80 548. A35 to 2 W London S.O.

26/1/64

F. 81.918 6 ofn S 4’ Months enqr

B 51.3.64 No13

-87,844 Comp A21

3.10.64

I 53806 D.P. A44

23.11.91

I 70652 D.P. A7

13.3.93

 

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