Private MATTHEW MURPHY of the 6lst Foot lost a leg at the time of his son's birth in 1782 in TYNAN, COUNTY ARMAGH, ULSTER. His wife Elizabeth Brown must have named the baby Matthew. He returned home via Fortunately the ROYAL CHELSEA HOSPITAL, avoiding infection.
Most of my information comes from the records of the Royal Kilmainham Hospital and Royal Chelsea Hospital at Ancestry. M.M. was 36years of age when he signed up to the 81st Regiment of Foot. By trade he was a weaver, so going into the British Army may have given more money to support a family.
His father MATTHEW MURPHY born in Tynan too, 1757. Selected to recover of his soldiering at the Royal Chelsea Hospital England. He was with the 64th Regiment of Foot and literally lost one leg with the foot. It is likely he was sent to the American War of Independence. I wonder if the hospitals did father/son deals!
The original 64th Regiment of Foot was formed in 1758, and arrived in Boston in 1768. The 64th never lost a battle, never lost its Colours, and likely saw more action than any other British regiment, from Boston to New York to Brandywine and Germantown (Philadelphia) to Charleston, SC, and more.
7th Great Grandfather Matthew Murphy born 1727 Tynan, Armagh, Ulster was Baptised St. Michan's RC Dublin. I've noticed that the Dublin churches are used for christenings, weddings, so they were in Barracks at Dublin?
1747 St.Catherine's Dublin marries Mary Malloy. The Battle of Waterloo was 18 June 1816 which is close to being admitted to Kilmainham Hospital
On 27th September 1816. His Regiment is the 2nd Garrison Battalion of the 21st Regiment of Foot.