two bars, Martinique, Guadaloupe (James Leitch, Surgeon.). Almost extremely fine. (1)
Surgeon James Leitch was born in 1781 and entered the Royal Navy in early 1805 as an Assistant Surgeon. He was promoted to Surgeon on the 1st March 1808 and joined HMS Aramanthe. During 1809 and into 1810 HMS Aramanthe was in the West Indies and Leitch was present at the capture of Martinique in February 1809 and taking of Guadaloupe a year later. He was discharged from HMS Aramanthe on the 21st August 1810 with the remark in the records of "now superceeded" but there are no details of the place to which he was discharged. The next reference to him is for 1st August 1834 when he was placed on half-pay in consequence of partial paralysis of the right side "renders him incapable of engaging in general practise. Is willing to take employment if deemed capable". In all he was placed on Half-pay 36 times from December 1825 to 1863. His address on Half-pay is given as Crieff, Perth.
On the 1st February 1839 Leitch was offered an appointment to HMS Hydra, if upon examination he was fit for duty. Leitch's letter of reply has been lost but it is almost certain that he wrote to state he was unfit for active service in HMS Hydra and he never did join the ship. In a letter from the Secretary of the Admiralty, Sir John Barrow, dated the 25th June 1839 Leitch is finally deemed "unfit for sea service". He died on the 15th January 1866, aged 84.