The Army Career of Michael Woolf

The following information has been extracted from the Muster Rolls [ Public Record Office WO12]. These rolls are bound as three to five quarters to a volume. Each volume holds the Muster Rolls for the Brigade Depot and the field location.

According to family tradition Michael WOOLF was of Jewish birth. He joined the army on at least two occasions and was bought out by his parents. No evidence has been found so far to support this.

He first appears as Michael WOOLF 1531 Private at the Maidstone Depot. He appears to have enlisted on either 25 June 1844 or 8 February 1845 but no enlistment documents could be found. These two dates in themselves cannot be taken as proof of more than one enlistment.

Service history as follows viz:

2-10-1845 transferred to Umballa to join Regiment. Active service at: Umballa until August 1848; Camp Khotum Sept 1848; Khuma Oct. 1848; Kamnuggyra Nov 1848; Hrylah Dec 1848; Chillianvalla Jan 1849; Goojeral Feb 1849; Meeanmeer Mar 1849; Umballa April 1849 Sept 1850 3 months in hospital; Lushkurie Oct 1850; Sealkoti Nov 1850; Nuzeerabad Jan 1851 June 1853;
June 1853 at sea en route to England on the troopship 'Wonuta' in convoy with 'Herefordshire' and 'Argyle.' Chatham depot July to Sept 1853. Exeter Oct 1853 June 1855; Hampton Court July 1855 March 1856; 1 2 1856 Volunteered for 6th. Dragoon Guards and proceeded to Birmingham Depot.
New Number 1633; awarded GCP at 2d/day! 25 11 1857 by sea to Camp Suhawur;
April 1858 to Meerut; then Ban Rui and Agru; Oct Dec 1859 en route to England transferred to 3rd. Foot (Buffs) No. 922.
April 1860 proceeded to China
Jan 1861 to April 1861 en route for England. April to June 1861 at Dover; GCP increased to 3d/day! 1 Nov 1861 to March 1863 at Tower of London April 1863 March 1864 Aldershot;
April 1864 to Sept 1865 Curragh, Ireland; Discharged to Pension from Curragh 25 7 1865 No 916, date of enlistment 25 6 1844, place of birth Exeter, trade at enlistment labourer, Service 21 yrs 1 month.

Chelsea Hospital Discharge Examination. Regt: 3rd Foot. Rank Private.
Name Michael Woolf. Age 41.
Service: 6th Dragoons 3y 10m
3rd.Dragoons 11y 7m
3rd Foot 5y 8m

Pension 12d/day.
Overseas Service: India 14y 1m China 1y 1m
Conduct Very Good four Good Conduct badges.
Place of Birth Exeter, Devon Occupation Labourer Height 5ft. 6 7/8in. Eyes Grey Hair Brown Complexion Fresh. There is no suggestion in either the Muster rolls or the discharge examination that his religion was other than C of E.