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Parchment Certificate
Discharge from the army

This document was filled in initially in Bangalore. John Capper was there declared unfit for further service. His conduct is summed up as ‘Very good’.  The reason is not known. Back in the UK the discharge was confirmed and the total days of service entered.

Front side:
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Depot 29072   [W.O. Form 64.]
Should this Parchment be lost or mislaid, no duplicate of it can be obtained.


Royal Regiment of Artillery
6 Battery 23 Brigade

THESE are to Certify, that No. 1409 Serjeant John Capper

born in the Parish of Grange
in or near the Town of Charlemount in the County of Armagh
was enlisted at Charlemount for the Royal Artillery on the 1st December 1847
at the age of 20 Years. That the Service he is entitled to reckon is -22-
Years and -173- Days towards the completion of his limited engagement,
-22- Years and -173- Days towards Pay and Pension.

That he is discharged in consequence of being found unfit for further

Service Abroad....12 185/365 Years                           xxxxxxx (Signature)    
Medal + £10 Annuity for                           Commanding Officer
                                 Meritorious Conduct

Dated at Bangalore                      Royal Arty Mysore Direction (?)

21st day of January 18670.                       

Horse Guards, 24th day of May 1870

Discharge of Sergeant John Capper confirmed.

                                         xxxxxxx (Signature)


His Conduct has been “Very Good” and he was when promoted in the
possesion of 4 Good Conduct Badges and would, had he not been
promoted have now been in possession of 5 Good Conduct Badges

xxxxxxx (same signature as above) Colonel
???? R
oyal Artillery Mysore Direction (?)

The Soldier’s Character only to be inserted when recommendatory; if the general conduct of a Soldier, whilst in the Service, has been such as to give him no claim to have anything said in his favour, the space for character in the above Certificate is to be cut off close under the black line following the confirmation of his Discharge, thereby leaving no opportunity for any addition to be made after the Certficate is given to the Man.

When a Soldier is discharged on account of disgraceful conduct, that will appear in the body of the Certificate.

Reverse side:
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No Soldiers who may be discharged after the first period of Limited Service will be permitted to re-engage
Soldiers of good character who may be discharged during the first period of Limited Service will be permitted to re-enlist into any Arm of the Service, if they are not above 34 years of age, and provided they shall declare the period of their former Service and produce their Parchment Certificate of Service; but they will not be allowed to reckon their former service towards Good Conduct Pay and Pension, unless they re-enlist within 12 months from the date of their discharge. Soldiers discharged during their second term of Limited Service cannot be permitted to re-enter the Army again.
Discharged Soldiers may join the army of Reserve under certain conditions which can be ascertained on application to the staff officer of any pension district.

Particulars of Marching Money issued to J. Capper

By whom, xxxxxxx
                                   xxxxxxxxxxx       £ 1 . 0 . 0
                                   deduct xxxxx                   6
                                                           £ 0 . 19. 6

Reverse side rotated:
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Genl. No.


Of No, 1409 Serg. John Capper
of the Royal Regt. of Artillery
when discharged the service at


this 24th day of May


Age 42 (*)
Height 5 Feet 9 1/4 Inches (176 cm)
Complexion Fresh
Eyes Blue
Hair Brown
Trade Laborer
Marks or scars, whether on the face, or
other parts of the body      None
Intended place of residence


The above is to be filled up by the Discharge
Board, which is responsible for the correct-
ness of the decription.

Printed at the Asylum Press, by Wm. Thomas - 1868


Note - see *.  I don’t think the 12 after this or the 6 above it belong to the text.