Auction Date: 2/07/2020 at 10am
Seven Years War - Military Expedition To Belle Ille 1761 - Document to advance to Captain Alex, Wood of the 8th Regiment of Foot the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds. Authorized by “His Excellency Studholme Hodgson Col. Of the Fifth Regiment of Foot. Major General and commander in Chief of His Majesty’s Forces employed on an Expedition” (The capture of Belle Ille off the coast of Brittany). Also signed by Studholme Hodgson. Interesting manuscript document, size 8” × 12½”. The island was held by British troops from 1761, until 1763, when it was returned to France as part of the Peace of Paris. Field Marshal Studholme Hodgson (1708 – 1798) Served at the Battle of Fontenoy during War of the Austrian Succession and at Culloden. He went on to command the British expedition which captured Belle Île in June 1761 during the Seven Years' War. Captain Alexander Wood (1738-1769) His independent company was amalgamated 1758 into the 98th Foot (Grey's) and fought at this Belle Ille off the coast of France.