Male SUMMERSAge: 11 months1806–1807
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Birth: November 1786 — Cam near Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: before 1821 —
Marriage: August 28, 1805 — Parish of Broadway, County of Dorset, England
Birth: October 2, 1806 — Sicily
Death: September 13, 1807 — Egypt
6 yearsyounger sister
Ann Priscilla SUMMERS
Birth: November 21, 1812 — Guernsey, Channel Islands, England
Death: March 28, 1880 — Warrick Co., IN
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Birth: 1776 —
Death: March 9, 1849 —
Birth: 1820 —
Ann's baby boy Summers led a short but difficult, eventful life. He was born in Sicily after the 2nd Battalion of the 35th Foot arrived from England. In 1807 the British went to war against the Turks who controlled Egypt. The 35th Foot, with Ann and her young baby traveling along, invaded Egypt. The force was undersized and never made much headway in the country. There were several disastrous battles and the units ended up beeing bottled up in Alexandria for several months. Life must have been hard for the little baby and his mother. From the HISTORICAL MEMOIR 35TH ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT OF FOOT by Richard Trimen, page 100,
"The army remained at Alexandria until September, when despairing of succour from England and exchange of prisoners was effected, and the troops embarked for Sicily on the 23rd [My addition: Baby Summers died only 10 days before the troops sailed from Egypt. It must have been a devastating loss to the young family. ] .... " The unit returned to Melazzo Sicily and the 2nd Battalion, with Frederick and Ann, embarked for England on the 25th of October, 1807.
The 35th Foot lost over 285 men in the short campaign. Interestingly, over 100 years later the 35th regiment was cut to pieces at the Battle of Almanza nearby in Egypt.
IN letters from Sibley GADDIS and Dora COOKSEY Roberts it is stated that this baby was buried along the banks of the Nile, which fits with the 35th Regiment being stationed in Alexandria, Egypt in 1807.