The data for admission to the guard is generally lacking in March to May 1815. The only solid data I have is of the mean leaving.
The ages of the men leaving in 1815 are in three main age groups, 19 to 25, 25 to 29, 31 to 37. No man was aged over 40 that left, the oldest being 37.
to my mind the younger men either left the army as they did not want to be their in the first place, being conscripts of 1813 (90% of the leavers had joined the guard in 1813), or could make a better life outside the army.
The older men (31-37) would not have known anything other than army life, but they make up 1/3 of all leavers. The 25-29year olds would have been experianced soldiers, who could have made a career in the army, but again left rather than continue in service.
The demographic of the leavers in 1815 is similar to the entrants in September 1813, but has a higher proporion of men 19-24.
As over 50% of the regiment under examination left the army, is it reliable to use their demographic to suggest the composition of the regiment in June 1815? The men remaining in the army I dont have details of as the relevant registre metricule was not available when i was last in paris.
Sergeant De mauduit of the 1st Grenadiers gives an average age of a grenadier in 1815 as 35 with 15years experiance. In 1813, the average age of entrants is 24 based on 218 men taken into the regiment in September 1813. The average age of leavers in 1815 is 26 based on a random sample of 226 men leaving after September 1815. Therefore their is similarity in ages between 1813 and 1815 which is grossly at odds with a first hand account. either:
- the men who remained in the grenaders were aged 30+ and constituted a far higher proportion of men than those leaving and only those under 31 left (unlikely)
- de mauduits observations are relevant to only his company and not to the entire regiment
- time and tradition has coloured de mauduits observations.