Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

 

Army:
Great Britain: Breakdown of casualties in the British Army compared to recruits, 1803-1815.

Year

Deaths

Discharges

Desertions

Total Casualties

Recruits

Difference (Recruits –Total Casualties)

1803

 5,208

 6,458

 4,404

16,070

 9,267

 -6,803

1804

 6,119

 4,598

 5,468

16,185

 9,630

 -6,555

1805

 6,833

 4,329

 7,081

18,243

11,718

 -6,525

1806

 6,495

 4,688

 5,748

16,931

11,862

 -5,069

1807

 7,932

 3,878

 5,728

17,538

19,114

  1,576

1808

 9,285

 4,990

 6,611

20,886

12,963

 -7,923

1809

16,343

 3,323

 4,901

24,567

11,780

-12,787

1810

13,597

 4,627

 4,729

22,953

 9,095

-13,858

1811

13,448

 3,986

 5,026

22,460

11,772

-10,688

1812

15,842

 3,733

 5,918

25,493

14,756

-10,737

1813

15,012

 3,621

 5,822

24,455

14,647

-9,808

1814

12,502

34,293

 8,857

55,652

 7,911

-47,741

1815

 8,124

29,342

 7,403

44,869

15,237

-29,632

Note: “These figures exclude 9,700 men struck off the strength of the regiments in 1809, 1811 and 1812 that were left sick during retreats or captured as prisoners of war.”

Source: Linch, Kevin. Britain and Wellington’s Army. N.Y.: Palgrave, 2011. P. 34

 

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