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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2019 9:59 p.m. PST

The Extraordinary Life and Sword Play of Lieutenant John Shipp

T he life of John Shipp is so interwoven with adventure and bravery, it sounds like a work of fiction. Born into the military as a son of a Marine, John enlisted as a boy in the 22nd Regiment of Foot. As a result of the decimation of the British Army in the 1790s, boys were allowed to join and train as soldiers until they were 16 years old and were put into the line of battle. Taken under the wing of his company's commanding officer, John had risen to the rank of sergeant in the regiment's grenadiers, before setting sail to fight in India.

His regiment was tasked to fight the Mahrattas in the Madras region of India. This proved difficult as it involved storming heavily fortified positions. However John did not flinch from his duties and stormed the Deeg fortress in 1804 receiving a wound to the head, and extensive bruising from the "wind of a cannonball". But this attack was only preparation for a bigger prize: Bhurtpore. Although an infantry Sergeant, John used his off-duty time to skirmish on horseback with Mahrattas cavalry as the army moved to Bhurtpore…."
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