"Ensign E G Hallewell XXth Regiment"
I am currently engaged in research to help
an American trace one of his family, thought to be with the XXth when
they had two Battalions in Bermuda and were the Garrison Regiment from
1841 to 1847.
As part of that research I came across the name of an Ensign by the
name of E G Hallewell.
He had sailed with the XXth main body on the ship " Cornwall"
and arrived in Bermuda on the 1st November 1841.
I later tried to find pics of the various locations in Bermuda where
the XXth had served and to my surprise came across this in a sale of
COMPLETE SET OF THIRTEEN VIEWS FROM SKETCHES BY EDMUND HALLEWELL
Finely coloured lithographs heightened with gum Arabic, by W. Parrott,
circa 1848, the rare set of thirteen plates, bright fresh impressions,
trimmed and mounted on card (some watermarked J Whatman, Turkey Mill 1846)
as issued, in generally good condition apart from occasional slight foxing
and soiling, in addition to some soiling on original mounts. Uniformly
Six views form a panorama of the islands in the Great Sound seen from
a hill west of Gibbs Hill lighthouse; four form a panorama from a hill
on Spanish Point looking to the Great Sound with the shores of Warwick,
Southampton and Sandys parishes beyond; and three views from near St Davids
lighthouse form a panorama looking over Smiths Island to the town
and parish of St Georges.
Edmund Gilling Hallewell (1822 1869), who was well known as Lieut:
& Adjt XX Regt., was commissioned in 1839, in the 20th or East
Devons. This battalion was part of the Bermuda garrison between 1846-47.
Hallewell was an unsuccessful candidate for the New Society of Painters
in Watercolours in 1850, by which time he was a captain in the 20th Regiment.
He gained his majority in 1854, transferred to the 28th or North Gloucestershire
and served in the Crimea as Deputy Acting Quartermaster General of the
Light Division at Alma, Inkerman and Sebastopol. Promoted took place to
colonel in 1860 and he retired from active service in1864. In 1869, the
year of his early death, he was Commandant of Sandhurst. He lived at Stroud
in England, and between 1850 and 1853 exhibited landscapes in the Royal
Academy, British Institution and at the Society of British Artists.
The Bermuda views, of which very few sets now remain, were executed as
a test of the surveying skills of young military officers. They give a
fascinating impression of the island at a key point in its history. $65,000
Another fascinating XXth Officer
for our records!
From Ken Marsh-Subject: Major Edmund Gilling Hallewell 20th and 28th Regiments
Have recently acquired the above gentleman's
medals, thanks to first being aware of him via your website. I am just
starting the research trail, but wonder if you would like a portrait photograph?
Interestingly Hallewell was best buddies with the
famous Roger Fenton - the Crimean war photographer. If you go to the Library
of Congress website and enter Hallwell's name and rank, you get 5 photographs.(see
Medal group photo attached -
as medal dealers' say - the medal ribbons are in "distressed"
condition! Medals are [from left to right] - France, Legion of Honour;
Queens Crimea [engraved to Capt. 28th Regt]; Kingdom of Sardinia - Al
Valore Militaire [ engraved Bt. Lt. Coll. Edmd. Gilling Halliwell 28th
Regt.]; Turkish Crimea -Sardinian issue; Turkish Order of Mejidie. Also
enclosing a close-up of the naming on the Sardinian medal. Hallewell's
photograph album was sold in January, which made a big splash in the world
of early photographs - since it had [previously unknown] photos by Roger
Fenton. The album was compiled by Hallewell in the 1840s-1850's and was
a record of his travels. Also his journals were sold. Both fetched high
sums. The medal group I bought from a dealer. I have found out it was
previously sold by Dix Noonan Webb in 2010, which made me wonder why I
missed it at the time. Searching the DNW database I discovered a crucial
error - they said Hallewell purchased a commission in the 28th Regt in
Dec 1839 - this should have read 20th Regt!......... Ken.