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Molly

Sourcing supplier of 95th uniform & shako

Hi 95th'ers, I am new to the forum and am seeking suppliers of authentic looking 95th rifles uniform, in particular officers tunic and shako. (2nd and 1st lieutenant and capt insignia )
Also if anyone has an old uniform that they no longer require and wish to sell, I would be interested in purchasing.
Ben Townsend

Hi Molly,
There are a number of routes you can go down, depending on your budget and requirements. Quite a lot of costumiers will be able to help you out, although few carry stock, so expect a wait. Our uniforms are made by our unit master-tailor, Dave Gower, who I expect has a rather long waiting list, although they are top drawer.
As far as rank insignia go, in the 95th there isn't much in the way of distinction between Officer grades. There are some differences between company (Lts and Capts) and Field (Majors, Lt-cols etc) ranks. For instance company officers seem to have had sheepskin rather than fur pelisse trim, and Field Officers were entitled to wear the sabretach, whereas company officers were not, but otherwise your lieutenant is not distinguished from his captain in dress.
Molly

old or new Shako tunic suppliers.

Thanks Ben, that information is much appreciated,
I ask this about any old uniform for sale as I wish to have a shako and maybe a tunic, as authentic as possible, to display in a glass case i intend to display in my families home together with any and all information in memory and in pride of an ancestor, who served in the great Corps of Riflemen, he was a friend of Harry Smith and was with rifleman Harris on some of the battles and campaigns. Therefore any assistance in sourcing some authentic looking equipment would be much appreciated.
Ben Townsend

You are fortunate to have had an ancestor in the 95th! Please tell us more if you feel able and perhaps we will have some information to share. Some of our members and ex-members sell uniforms from time to time, but since we only have one officer and his best years are ahead of him, that kit is unlikely to hit the market any time soon!
Molly

Ah thanks for the reply Ben, i've heard officers sometime get retired prematurely by an odd carelessly fired musket ball (opps sorry rifled bullet) so a slight holed shako wouldnt be too bad,  lol only joking, Sir...

Yes, I dont mind giving his details, (I also had another less known ancestor in the Scottish rifles too.)
My ancestor in the 95th was John Molly Molloy, he served through the Peninsular war 8 campaigns starting as 2nd lieutenant then 1st then Captain, he was seriously injured at Waterloo, but recovered, he later became lieutenant colonel but i believe he sold the commission straight away, i do not know too much about him, other than he emigrated to Australia and would love to have more information on him with any military information on him any portraits available i have one but a black and white copy from a minature not good for reproduction. Any help with my future 'shrine', lol,  to the men of the 95th'would be much appreciated...
John Waller

He's on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Molloy a reported bastard of the Iron Duke no less.

Molly. Martin Cowley of Martin's Jerked Meats had a 95th Officers' kit for sale at the re-enactment market at the weekend. I make no claims about it's accuracy but if you want to ask he can be contacted via cowleysfinefoods@hotmail.co.uk .
Molly

SOURCING OFFICER KIT

Hi John,
yes i've heard that he was one of Freddy's unclaimed brood, by Countess of Tyrconnel.. On the other front many thanks John, yes I will drop him a line, fingers crossed will let you know how I get on thanks again best wishes, Davie.
Molly

Re: SOURCING OFFICER KIT

Molly wrote:
Hi John,
yes i've heard that he was one of Freddy's unclaimed brood, by Countess of Tyrconnel.. On the other front many thanks John, yes I will drop him a line, fingers crossed will let you know how I get on thanks again best wishes, Davie.


Capt John 'Molly' Molloy
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Ben Townsend

Checked the archives, all we have on Molloy is this from the entry on Mitchell:
"Thomas Mitchell, 1/95th
Born 1792. Gazetted as Lieutenant to the 95th  24. 07. 1811.
From the time of joining his regiment in Portugal, Mitchell spent his time partly on service with his regiment and partly on staff duty engaged in topographical and survey intelligence work. Wyld’s Atlas of the Peninsular War contains a sketch labelled “Affair near El Bodon, 25 September 1811, from the original by Major T Mitchell”.
It is known that General Sir George Murray (QM-General) had intermittently employed Mitchell on intelligence work, so if this sketch was made at that time, this is the first record of Mitchell at work as an officer in the army.
Seconded from May 1812 to the QM-General’s office under Gordon. Rejoined 95th October 1812, back on QM-General’s staff in April 1813, “surveying, mpping, and gathering intelligence”, where he stayed until the end of the war in 1814.
Promoted full Lieutenant on 16th September 1813.
Captain John Molloy of the 95th, knew Mitchell as, “A most zealous and indefatigable person and an excellent draughtsman” and remembered that Mitchell used to be absent foe weeks at a time with his sketch book, working in the hills.
Mitchell complained in a letter to Sir Benjamin D’Urban, “A junior officer on the staff, I was persecuted by the jealousy of the officers of my regiment”.
All information from Thomas Mitchell, Surveyor General and Explorer, Cumpston, OUP, 1954"

The biography of Mitchell states that Molloy was a settler in the Swan River settlement down under. The information comes from "Letters of Georgiana Molloy" Journal of the Historical Society of Western Australia, vol i, pt iii
Molly

More info on john Molloy and the 95TH

Cheers Ben,
The Following information is taken from the paper on 'The Irish RM about John Molloy life, it may have some information of interest to forumers;

"... MILITARY CAREER
As a lad, Molloy was provided with an education considerably advanced for the day. He was at Harrow
under the liberal scholar, Joseph Drury, and in the company of the future Prime Ministers Goderich, Peel,
Aberdeen and Palmerston.
28
He served as a midshipman in the Royal Navy, fighting at Trafalgar in 1805.
29
He then transferred to the army as the war moved to the Iberian Peninsula.
30
During the break in military
engagements from 1810 to 1812 he attended Great Marlow.
31
It is relevant that following naval service,
The Irish R.M., 2000, p. 3Molloy's new post was with an elite, experimental regiment formed in 1800 and known as the Corps of
Riflemen.
After General Braddock's defeat by a French and Indian alliance in North America in the summer of
1755, the 60th Regiment was raised there in response. Based on the regulations prepared by de Rottenburg
in 1797, and drawing on the experience of the 60th, the Corps of Riflemen was raised by Col. Coote
Manningham in England in 1800.
32
The instructions issued by Manningham also emphasised individual
intelligence, initiative, and readiness for action. Instead of open engagement with the enemy, Riflemen acted
as forward scouts and snipers, picking off enemy officers and doing whatever was necessary to prevail in
battle. The new regulations, finally, stressed humanity in place of the usual floggings and abuse, not merely
towards the soldiers but their families as well.
It was this entirely innovative military milieu into which John Molloy moved as a 2nd Lieutenant in
1807. To his credit, the purchase of his commission would not have come easily since the new regiment
selected the cream of the English military establishment. Riflemen were graded according to their
marksmanship and classified as first, second or third class shots. It was a young man's game and the
competition was fierce to be accepted into this elite regiment. It is doubtful whether his social connections
would have helped had he not possessed the personal attributes enabling him to pass muster. In the event
he was well regarded by his men, being known to have intervened on their behalf in the face of his fellow
officers.
33
The British War Office records indicate that following Trafalgar and his army posting, Molloy fought as a
1st Lieutenant in Sir John Moore's army during the Peninsular Campaign of 1808­10 before attending Great
Marlow for two years. In 1812 he rejoined his regiment and fought again from 1812 to 1814 under
Wellington. In all he was present during engagements at Roliça, Vimiera, Vigo, Salamanca, San Millan,
Vittoria, Pyrenees, Vera, Bidassoa, Nivelle, Nive, Tarbes and Toulouse, taking part in eight of the battles to
receive the General Service Medal with eight bars.
34
In 1815 he fought at Waterloo where he was badly
wounded and lay among the dead on the battlefield overnight until picked up the next morning. He received
the Waterloo Medal for this near­sacrifice.
35
Recovered from his wound Molloy remained on active duty with the Rifles,
36
later attending each year the
commemorative dinners the Duke of Wellington gave to celebrate his first pitched battle against the
French.
37
He was posted to Glasgow during 1819­20 before leaving for Ireland where he remained until
1825. Because of the widespread agrarian unrest following the failed potato crop of 1822 his regiment was
first headquartered at Fermoy in Co. Cork and then at Rathkeale in Co. Limerick. Detachments of English
troops were posted widely across the south of Ireland to suppress insurrection and guard against gathered
bands of up to 700 men spoiling for a fight.
38
In 1823 Molloy was in charge of a company stationed at
Glandoff, Co. Limerick. Correspondence addressed to him there alludes to actions against the Whiteboys,
agrarian rebels who clad themselves in white sheets and went out at night using violence and intimidation
to protect the interests of tenant farmers and landless labourers. The following year he was promoted
Captain along with his friend John Kincaid.
39
It was on the day after the battle of Talavera in 1809 that Molloy met and became comrade­in­arms with
Lieut. Harry Smith, later one of England's most famous soldiers. They remained close friends and
correspondents throughout their lives.
40
Smith was also involved with the capture and burning of
Washington by the British during the War of 1812. After a brief trip back to England he was despatched to
New Orleans where in late 1814 the British forces were routed by the Americans.
41
To save themselves they
had to escape overland to the seaport of Mobile where HMS Brazen was waiting to pick them up. The ship's
commander was Captain James Stirling, and the two men took a great liking to each other. It was Smith
who recommended Stirling to John Molloy..."
Amendum;
Molloy studied for two years at Great Marlow, now the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Under George IV he continued on active duty with his regiment in Scotland and Ireland before handing in his commission and marrying his beloved Georgiana prior to him emigration to Swan River colony Australia. Twenty five years from his first naval commission in 1804 until emigrating in 1829.
his career was in the armed forces.
Molly

still searching for uniform

Thanks John, unfortunatelty the uniform was not an officers or suitable, therefore I am still searching for officers uniform (or part of) and shako, so if anyone has got any for sale, please get in touch with me (Davie on 07545-279241) thanks and best wishes men of the 95th..

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