Family tradition relates that John Capper’s elder brother Thomas enlisted at the same time as he did. Thomas is noted in John’s army paybook as next of kin ‘present with the company’ and is a witness (‘his mark’) to John’s marriage with Ann Avery on 8th June 1851.
The England and Wales Census of 30th March 1851 shows that Thomas himself was married by this time. His profession is ‘Gunner Driver’ and he is registered in Stoke Damerel, Devonshire, in both cases the same as John. Thomas appears again in the census of 1861 as Artilleryman in Woolwich, Kent. By this time John was in India. By 1871 Thomas is ‘labourer’, so has left the army.
It is also recorded that he received a Chelsea Pension. By 1881 in the national census he has risen to be ‘gas fitter’ and is recorded with his family in Greenwich.
Whether he was really ‘long lost’ for his brother John (see anecdote) is not known.
Here is what is known of his descendants:.