Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Sergeant Major William Livsey

William Livsey was born in Bury, Lancashire in October 1789. He enlisted as a 19 year old recruit into the Royal Artillery in June 1808 and after training he embarked for the Peninsula war arriving in Lisbon on 18 October 1810.

During the Peninsula war he crossed the Tagus and fought at  Badojas , Albuera, Badojas ( 2nd siege), Fort Napoleon, Fort Regusa, Burgos, Vittoria, Pampeluna, Orthes, and Toulouse.

At the end of the campaign his company was posted to Canada, arriving at Quebec on 2 August 1814 where he was involved in fighting around the St Lawrence. In 1817 During this campaign he was promoted to Corporal.

After six years in Canada he returned to England arriving at Woolwich Barracks in September 1820 . In 1825 he was promoted to Sergeant and made Company Sergeant Major in 1930.

Sergeant Major Livesey was discharged in 1839 with a pension of 2 shillings and 5 pence a day with a medals fro Good Conduct and Meritorious service plus a war medal with 5 clasps.

In April 1940 he was appointed as Warden to the Royal Gunpowder factory at Waltham Abbey, a position that he held until 1865 by which time he was 76 years old.

In 1852 he was appointed as Sergeant Major to the West Essex Yeomanry a position that he held until he retired on 31 December 1869 by which time he had accrued 61 years or service to the crown and become an essential figure in the success of the Yeomanry.

William Livesey died on 22 November 1873 and was buried at Waltham Abbey with full military honours.