ARMED SERVICE RECORDS
WAR OFFICE LIST 1879
Corbett: R.C. Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class.
Comm: Apr 1876. Services: Bermuda 1876
Alfred Corbett, M.A. Chaplain to the Forces, 4th
Class. Appointed: July 1871. Services: Portsmouth 1871-3.
Gold Coast (Ashanti Expedition) 1873-4. Woolwich 1874-7,
London 1877-8, Woolwich 1878-9, Cape 1879.
Corbett: Clerk, Lower Division, War Office.
Appointed: Sep 1878
ARMADA LIST 1588
The Names of
Persons who subscribed towards the Defence of the Country
and the amounts contributed. SALOP: April Thomas Corbett
tercio die Aprilis £5 Jerome Corbett eo dem £30
& REGIMENTS OF THE ROYALIST ARMY
Corbett's Dragoons ("Ercall Dragoon's").
Raised in Shropshire 1642, fought at Whitchurch and
Nantwich, garrison of High Ercall April 1645, helped
defend Moreton Corbett Castle 1645 and fought at Denbigh
Daily Telegraph of
10 August. 1990 (Letters column.) Regarding those who
have lost their VC: A Corbett who forfeited his Medal,
appears amongst them (the names on a list). No forename
is shown but the reason was 'theft and embezzlement from
an officer'. It is only since King George V stated that
even if a man were to be hanged 'he should be allowed to
wear the VC on the scaffold' that there have been no
further forfeitures. (DETAILS APPEAR on another page.)
OF ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY 1716 - 1899
August Patrick M.
Corbett, M.D., Appointed:28.1.1862; Assistant Surgeon: 27.10.1864;
Surgeon: 14.5.1867; To Rifle Brigade: 7.12.1867; Returned
to R.A. 14.2.1872.
JAMES IRISH ARMY LIST 1689
REGIMENTS OF INFANTRY
FITZ-JAMES'S (THE LORD GRAND PRIOR)
Thomas Corbet] See of him ante p. 196-7,
where he is 'noticed' as he then ranked in the earlier
muster, a Major in the Earl of Abercorn's Horse.
page 178 REGIMENTS OF HORSE CLAUD HAMILTON, EARL OF
ABERCORN'S Thomas Corbet, Major pages
196-7: MAJOR THOMAS CORBET This surname is traced in
Irish record from the time of Edward the Third, in which
reign John Corbett was 'Constable' of the Castle of
Limerick. It is not, however, associated with the
character of the achievement that marks the families of
In 1655, Miles Corbett, one of the
Regicides, of whom a full account is given in The History
of the County of Dublin, (p.194) was appointed Chief
Baron of the Irish Exchequer, and was subsequently one of
the Commissioners of the Great Seal of Chancery, while in
1671, Samuel 'Corbett' had a grant of 734 acres in
The above Major Thomas Corbett rose in
the war to be the Lieutenant-Colonel of Fitz-James's
Regiment of Infantry; and he it was who, according to
Story, "came to De Ginkell, and he proposed the
bringing over Tyrconnel's and Galmoy's regiments of
Horse, and out of them to make one good regiment to serve
their Majesties in Flanders," provided he could have
Another Corbet was appointed Major of
Colonel Dudley Bagnall's Infantry, as noted post.
Corbett, 3rd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps.
5 August 1882 awarded Victoria Cross for rescuing wounded
Private Michael Corbett, 75th Regiment.
8 June 1857 severely wounded by Indian mutineers. Rescued
by Sgt. Major Coghlan who received the Victoria Cross.
Lt. Col. A D Corbett, Royal Marine Light
Infantry commanded a small force of Marines and West
Indies Regiment on River Gambia, West Africa in 1894. (Arthur
OF HIS MAJESTY'S CUSTOMS
BELONGING TO THE PORT OF NEWCASTLE IN 1827
Edgcome, Esq. Summers Hill Grove Clerks in his office: 1st:
Mr John Bowman 2nd: Mr Thomas Scott 3rd: Mr John Forster
4th: Mr John Barnet 5th: Mr John Corbett
6th: Mr Thomas Reed 7th: Mr James Methuen
LIST OF OFFICERS OF THE BENGAL ARMY 1758 - 1834
Corbett (1785-1811). Lieutenant, 27th N.I. b. 21
April 1785. Cadet 1800. Arrived in India 22 August 1801.
Ensign 7 November 1801. Lieut. 13 July 1803. d. in India
6 November 1811. Bapt. New Ross, co. Wexford, 23 May 1785.
3rd and youngest son of Robert Corbet, of Corbet Hill, co.
Wexford, and Susannah, his wife, dau. of --------
Woodward, of Drumbarrow, co. Meath. Services: Posted as
Ensign to Bengal Eur. Regt. Transferred as Lieut. to
newly-raised 27th N.I. in 1804. Operations against
Dhundia Khan 1807; Komona; Ganauri; Lieut. 27th N.I. Actg.
Adjt. 1/27th N.I. 1810 to death. Refs: Burkes Landed
Gentry of Ireland, p. 639, s.n. Singleton, of Aclare, co. Meath.
CORBETT, MASTER OF THE SHIP 'SUSSEX'
From Board of
Trade records at the Public Record Office at Kew.
BT 98/70 Entry 41: Port of Liverpool 3 February 1812
Muster Rolls for the ship SUSSEX William Corbett,
Master, from Liverpool and Jamaica and back. The names of
22 crew are listed with a note against the 4 seamen who
deserted at Jamaica on 14 May. Time when entered is 12
March 1811 an the date of discharge is 21 Sugust 1811
which is a total of 5 months and 8 days. Signed: Wm
BT 98/70 Entry 358:
Port of Liverpool 12 October 1812 Muster Roll of the ship
SUSSEX William Corbett, Master, from
Jamaica. The names of 20 crew are listed with a note
against a Steward to say he absconded in Jamaica on 27
June and a note against an Apprentice's name to say that
he absconded on 5 May. The Date of entry is 20 February
1812 and the date of discharge is 23 August 1812. This is
a total of 6 months and 3 days. Signed: Wm Corbett
BT 98/71 Entry 396:
Port of Liverpool 29 November 1813 Muster Roll of the
ship SUSSEX William Corbett, Master,
Liverpool to Jamaica and back. The names of 24 crew are
listed. Two seamen jumped ship on 15 February 1813 amd
two more on 22 February 1813. Time when entered is 18
December 1812 and the date of discharge is 3 September
1813. This is a total of 8 months and 28 days.
From 1813 a
Certificate had to be completed by the Master or his
representative for each voyage. Copies of these are filed
with the record of Port entry. The Certificate for the
entry 396, above, follows. I William Corbett
do make oath that this is a true and correct list of the
Names of the Seamen and others employed on board the Ship
or Vessel called Sussex between 16 Day of Decr 1812 and
the 3rd Day of Sept 1813 distinguishing the Time each
Person entered, was discharged, died or deserted the said
Service. And I do further make Oath, that the Wages
forfeited by the Seamen or Others, who have deserted the
said Ship or Vessel, have not been paid to any Person or
Persons, who came from the West Indies in the said Ship
or Vessel, by the Run or otherwise but are expressly and
faithfully accounted for in the above Muster Roll. Sworn
before Me, this Wm Corbett 24th Day of Novr 1813 Geo
MERIDIONALE DIVISIONE 15 9TH COMPY BRITISH LEGION BRIGATA
IN NONE DE VITTORIO EMMANUELE RE D'ITALIA CONGEDO
ASSOLUTO Si rilasia il Congedo assolute al Private
Charles Corbett figlio di John Corbett and di Emma
Corbett nato a London Provincia de Middlesex domiciliato
a London Provincia di England il quale fu ammesso al
survizio Militaire in qualita di volontcirio add 15
October 1860. Age 18 Ht 5 ft Cap Light Brown Soppacciglia
do do Occhi Grey Front do Bocca small Visi Regular
Colorito Fair Present with the army at Capua and at the
action on the 19 Oct 1860 and at the passage of Volturno.
Paid 162 l January 1861
The above document is the absolute discharge of James
Charles Corbitt from army service with King
Victor Emmanuel in the British section of the Italian
Foreign Legion which he had joined as a volunteer for a
limited period. (Apparently 3 months.) (He was said to
'have served in Garibaldi's bodyguard').
The Volturno is a river in southern Italy which flows
into the Tyrrenhian Sea. (Map: 41N 14E = delta of river)
The passage of the Volturno presumably refers to a battle
engagement necessary to ensure the safe crossing of the
river. There then follows the bonus, for the family
historian at any rate, of details of his parents and a
description of him at the time of his discharge 18 years
old, 5 foot tall, light brown hair and eyebrows, grey
eyes, small forehead, regular features and fair colouring.
Whilst photographs were available at the time none were
in colour so the description of him is of great value.
He appears in the 1861 Census at 30 Primrose St,
Bishopsgate, London at the home of James Baster, a
carpenter, and his wife Elizabeth (nee Clinch). He
married their daughter, Hannah Baster, 18 months later.
Following a move to Manchester with his family he opened
a travelling bag business, making high quality leather
bags and gaitors.
On a humorous note: He made gaitors for the Duchess of
Rutland who was said to have an eighteen inch calf and
could not get gaitors which fitted until she went to him.
James Charles (or Charles James as he preferred and in
which name order he was later to have letterheads printed)
Corbitt was born on 24 March 1842 at 12¬ pm at 3 Weston
street, Somerstown, St Pancras, London, son of John Nutt
Corbitt and Emma Gyles, and died on 26 September 1888 at
10 Alfred street, Manchester, aged 46 years. He is buried
at Brooklands Cemetery, Sale, Manchester. His wife and
two (of his seven) children are buried in the same grave.
CRO Personal Name Index
Reg Corbett, 1916, of St Edmunds Rd,
Northampton. On active service with 7th Northampton
Regiment in France/Belgium: referred to in correspondence
from the Front.