James Trotter volunteered 24th August 1808 from the Meath Militia into the 2nd Battalion 84th Foot.
By trade a Hosier, he came from Castle Rickard, Co. Meath.
Description:- Age 26 years; 5’5½; fresh complexion; long visage; hazel eyes; brown hair
Promoted Corporal 23rd October 1808
Promoted Sergeant 23rd November 1808
During the ‘Expedition to the Scheldt’ he was a sergeant in Depot Company and posted with a detachment at Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk.
August 1813 travelled with the Battalion to the Peninsula
1st November 1813 reduced in rank to private and placed in Captain Pigott’s Company
11th December 1813 shown as killed in action at the Nive; leaving £2/17/8 to his widow
January 1814 Muster Roll again shows James Trotter alive and well
2nd May 1815 James Trotter transferred to the 2nd Garrison Battalion and show as badly wounded in the shoulder; later transferred to 2nd Royal Veteran Battalion before being discharged – in receipt of Kilmainham pension