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Excerpt from Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp, Late a Lieut.: In His Majesty's 87th Regiment
Seeing, as he tells us, no reason why he should not rise again as he had done before, Shipp enlisted into the 24th Light Dragoons, which he had known in Lake's army; re turned to India to join that regiment; and in the course of a few years rose to the position Of regimental serjeant-major. In 1815 he was appointed by the Marquis Of Hastings (earl of Moira), then Governor-general and Commander-in-chief in India, to an ensigncy in the 87th Prince's Own Irish, better known under its later name Of the 87th Royal Irish Fusileers, the first battalion Of which landed at Calcutta from Mauritius in August that year. Shipp's commission bore the original date Of the vacancy, May 4, 1815; but by an omission, then not uncommon in the case of Indian appointments, he was not gazetted at home until some time later, and his name never appeared in the Army List until May, 1819. Shipp had thus twice won a commission from the ranks by the time he was little more than thirty years Old - an achievement which may be regarded as unique in the annals Of the British army.
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