The author writes about his great-great-great-grandfather, William Charters, who came to the Iberian Peninsula as a lieutenant in 1809 under the command of Sir John Moore. When the British Army was evacuated after the Battle of La Coruña, Charters stayed and was deployed in 1809 in the Portuguese army until his retirement in 1826, when he had risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He married into an important family in Leiria, and the name Charters is now found widely in Leiria and the rest of Portugal. To place his ancestor’s military history in context, the author begins the article by reproducing part of an article by Pedro de Avillez, which was published in the Society’s 2014 Annual Report.
The article can be downloaded here.
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