Lieutenant Robert Daniel
Robert Daniel served in the ranks with the 30th Foot. He was in Egypt in 1801 and was promoted from sergeant to quartermaster-sergeant in 1803. In 1809 he was commissioned as ensign without purchase and was in the Peninsula as quarter-master. In 1811 he was raised to lieutenant.
Commissioning quartermaster-sergeants was not unusual. To hold the job would require literacy and numeracy and it was the sort of job that the "gentlemen" officers would gladly avoid.
In 1813 the 30th were transferred to Flanders. Daniel with about 30 others from the 30th, some Royal Artillery together with families and some French prisoners sailed from Lisbon just after Christmas 1813 on the transport ship Queen. They arrived in Falmouth on 10th January 1814 and anchored. It's suggested that Captain Carr failed to secure Queen adequately in spite of a forecast of bad weather and, on the 13th the anchor dragged and, in spite of efforts to prevent it, the ship was blown onto Trefusis Point. 369 out of the 473 on board were lost (reported numbers vary slightly).
Although Daniel was one of the survivors, his wife and five children perished. There is a memorial to them in Mylor Churchyard. The inscription reads:
"In memory of Catherine, wife of Lieut. Robert Daniell, 30th Regt. also their children viz. Margaret, Eleanor, William, Robert and Edward Alexander, who unhappily perished in the wreck of the ' Queen' Transport on the awful morning of the 14th Jan. 1814. Leaving an unfortunate husband and father to lament their loss to the end of his existence."
There is also a memorial to all those lost in the wreck.
Daniel joined his regiment in Flanders and was later wounded at Waterloo. He also served with the 30th in India 1817-18. He later re-married but little more is known about him.
The acting-colonel of the 30th at Waterloo was Major Charles Albert Vigoureux, also buried in Kensal Green.
Unfortunately Daniel's memorial slab is now unreadable. I was only able to identify it because of photos of it and it's surroundings in TSoW and WMR.
WMR records the inscription (possibly from cemetery records) as:
"Sacred to the memory of Robert Daniel Esquire who after long and distinguished services to his country in the campaign in Egypt, the Peninsula and at Waterloo as an officer of H.M. 30th Regiment, departed this life on the 7th day of August 1852 in the 82nd year of his age."
Grave of Robert Daniel
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