Moss, James

James Moss a 15 year old labourer from Leeds attested into 2/84th at Leeds 14th November 1812

In 1813 he was with the battalion in Ireland and detached to Fermoy

Through the Peninsula campaign he was at Depot in England, thereby not qualifying for a Campaign Medal

11th November 1815 he joined ‘Columns of Men’

Served as a guard on the convict ships to New South Wales between 1819-20

On return the 84th again went to Ireland

17th March 1827 served with the 84th in Jamaica West Indies, where they used to quell the slave riots

1st January 1831 Issued service No 42

Great Jamaican Slave Revolt of 1831-32 (Baptist War) was a rebellion over a ten day period starting 25th December 1831 led by the Baptist preacher Samuel Sharpe demanding more freedom and a working wage. It was quickly put down; Sharpe and others were arrested and sent to the gallows in 1832

The most important outcome was the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833, which took effect 1st August 1834

Moss returned to England 23rd September 1833, the Regiment remained until 1839

6th April 1838 retired after 25 years and 242 days service of which 22 years 147 days reckonable service – during his service he had never been promoted and wore three good conduct badges

Wednesday 11th April 1838 he appeared before a Pensions Board and was granted a daily pension of 10d per day

Description on discharge – 40½; 5’5½; light brown hair; hazel eyes; fair complexion. His intended place of discharge Leeds

18th April 1839 awarded Long Service Good Conduct Medal, which was returned and sent to Sub Inspector of Police Leeds and again returned 24th August 1841