Thomas Walsh was born in 1777 in St. Georges-sur-Loire, France, the sixth of the nine children of the Second Earl Walsh, Anthony John Baptist Paulin Walsh.
At the age of sixteen despite the anti-British family history, he had already embarked on a career in the British army, most likely with the Walsh Regiment of the Irish Brigade in the West Indies. He was later described as displaying “early professional promise” and by 1798 he was a Lieutenant in the 88th Regiment under fellow Irishman Major General Eyre Coote, serving (against the French) in Egypt during the Napoleonic wars. In 1803 he published, the "Journal of the late campaign in Egypt: including descriptions of that country, and of Gibralta, Minorca, Malta, Marmorice and Macri”.
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|Walsh, Thomas||4. Feb. 1777||He was born in France to an emigre Jacobite Irish family.|
|5. Feb. 1777||He was baptised Francis Thomas Joseph David Walsh at Saint Georges-sur-Loire.|
|23. Aug. 1810||killed by a fall from a gig near Guildford|
Surrey monument to Lieut.-Col. Thomas Walsh of the 55th Regiment (there is reservation whether this is the same Thomas Walsh of the 56th Regiment).
|28. Aug. 1810||He was buried at St. Andrew's Church, Farnham in Surrey.|
Also, see more complete details of Thomas' short but proud military career during the Napoleonic Wars.