Re: [WarOf1812] facial hair
- Larry makes a good point. I cannot quote any image of Pensioners with facial
hair, nor orders either for or against. Socially, beards were still
associated with the identity of incarcerated lunatics or criminals, so it
may be that the exclusion of facial hair as far as we are concerned (unless
someone is nuts or a crook) should be universal. Probably means some lads
will pack up their stuff and go home rather than shave---but we would look
more like we are supposed to look. Problem is, some otherwise very fine
re-enactors turn out with jarring full Crimean beards for 1812: how do we
reason with these sterling chaps and get 'em to see the light---er, razor?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Lozon" <lalozon@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 3:50 PM
Subject: [WarOf1812] facial hair
> From: <suthren@...>
> My understanding is that facial hair in British service
> ... could not be worn below a line from the corner of
> the mouth to the earlobe, with the exception of
> pioneers and Chelsea Pensioners.
> If the Chelsea Pensioners in 1812-1815 were in the British Army on
> half pay,
> would they not come under the Army Regulations of shaving every three
> I have not seen period images of Chelsea Pensioners with facial hair.
> Those more qualified with the Royal Warrants may want to answer my
> For those interested in this matter
> The War of 1812: In Europe, thousands fought over the fate of hundreds of
square miles: in North America, hundreds determined the fate of THOUSANDS of
> Unit Contact information for North America:
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- From: "Peter Catley" <peter.catley@...>
I personally believe that facial hair was more common than the
purists would have us believe, especially in the case of overseas postings
such as the Peninsula and Canada.
No Chelsea Pensioners in Canada or the Peninsula they were all adjacent
the River Thames in the pastoral setting of Chelsea.
King Charles was determined to make provision for the soldiers on the
establishment and on 22nd December 1681 he issued a Royal Warrant
the building of the Royal Hospital.
Therefore Royal Warrant and to answer Mr. Windsor's question, they
army rank in the Royal Hospital Chelsea thus came under Warrant rules of the
The term 'Chelsea Pensioner' has been used over the centuries to describe
both 'In-' and 'Out-Pensioners'.
An 'In-Pensioner' is simply one who resides in the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
On entry, he surrenders his army
pension. An Out-Pensioner is a former soldier of the Regular Army who
receives a pension for long service
and/or disability caused through service.
The term derives from the period when the Royal Hospital was still being
built. James II, who succeeded King Charles in 1685, made the first attempt
to put Army pensions on a systematic basis in 1689. He decreed that a daily
allowance should be made to all soldiers disabled by wounds or accidents,
who had become unfit for service or who had served for 20 years.
By the time the Royal Hospital opened there were more Pensioners than places
available. Those that could not be offered a place were termed
Out-Pensioners. In 1703 there were as few as 51. However, the increasing
size of a standing army meant that the number of Out-Pensioners rose
steadily - from 739 in 1708, to 14,700 in 1763 (after the Seven Years War)
and 36,757 in 1815.
The Royal Hospital remained responsible for all army pensions until 1955.
> beards were still associated with the identity of incarceratedlunatics or criminals...
>how do we reason with these sterling chaps and get 'em to see thelight---er, razor?
I don't think you can reason with lunatics or criminals! *ducking for