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Jahleel Brenton Carey

98th Regiment of Foot

b. 18 Jul 1847 - d. 22 Feb 1883

son of Adolphus Frederick Carey
and Harriet Mary Brenton

Married: 25 May 1870

Annie Isabella Vine

b. 19 Jan 1852 - d. 1922

daughter of James A Vine
of Falmouth, Jamaica


Edith Isabella
Jahleel Brenton
Pelham Adolphus

- Born Burbage, Hincley, Leicester;
- Educated at the Lycée at Caen,
- Normandy and in England;
- gazetted as Ensign;
- 3rd West India Regiment, 1865;
- served with the Expeditionary
- Force in British Honduras, 1867;
- mentioned in despatches;
- transferred as Lieutenant to
- 98th Regiment, 1868;
- served with The English
- Ambulance during the Franco-
- Prussian War 1870-1;
- mentioned in despatches
- over the loss of the transport
- ship 'The Clyde' on 3rd April 1879;
- Captain, 1879; p.s.c.

The Biography of the Prince Imperial
and the full story of the involvement
of Jahleel Brenton Carey can be seen

More information can be found on
Ian Woodason's Site at

Picture dated 1864
Cadet, Sandhurst, 1864
Provided by Paul Young

Picture dated 1864
Jahleel and his mother, Harriet 1864
Provided by Paul Young

Picture circa 1868
Lieutenant Carey 1868
Provided by Ron Sheeley

Picture circa 1870
Jahleel circa 1870
Provided by Paul Young

Captain Carey 98th Regiment
Captain Carey - 98th Regiment
Provided by Ron Sheeley

Captain Carey
Provided by Ron Sheeley

Biography verified by John Young, Chairman, Anglo-Zulu War Research Society

Engraving of 1879
Engraving from the
Illustrated London News
of 16th August 1879

Provided by Ian Woodason

Memorial of Captain J B Careyque
Regimental Indian Service Memorial, Whittington Barracks, Near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
Provided by Ian Woodason

The Zulu War 1879

During the Zulu War of 1879, Captain Carey was given leave to accompany a reconnoitring party under the command of the Prince Imperial of France, Louis Napoleon in order to verify a survey made previously. This party was ambushed by Zulus and the Prince Imperial was killed.

Captain Carey was requested to attend a Court of Enquiry. As a result, it was recommended he be tried by Court-Martial for 'Misbehaviour before the Enemy'. The Court-Martial concluded he was guilty and that he should be cashiered from the British Army. However, there was a flaw, the members of the Court-Martial were not sworn in, and when the matter was sent to be ratified in London, this point was raised. The Assistant Judge Advocate General O'Dowd overturned the findings of the Court and Captain Carey was allowed to go free.

He died at the age of 36, believed from peritonitis, in Karachi, India.


Obituary - The Times Newspaper - published March 26th, 1883.

Captain Jahleel Brenton Carey of the North Staffordshire Regiment, whose name attained such notoriety a few years ago in connexion with the death of the Prince Imperial in Zululand, died recently at Kurrachea in his 36th year. The deceased officer was the son of the Rev. Adolphus Frederick Carey, Vicar of Brixham, and was born in 1847. His first commission in the army was that of ensign in the 3rd West India Regiment, to which he was gazetted in 1865 and three years later he attained his lieutenancy in that corps. In 1867 he served with his regiment in the expedition into Yucatan in Central America, on which occasion he was brought to notice in the despatches. In 1870, he was placed on half-pay, and in the following year was posted to the 81st Foot, being in 1873 transferred to the 98th Foot. From 1873 to 1875,

he was garrison adjutant at Jamaica, and on his return home, he entered upon a course of military studies at the Staff College, Sandhurst, where he passed the final examination in 1878. In 1879, he was selected for special service in connexion with the Zulu campaign in South Africa being nominated a deputy-assistant quartermaster-general. On his passage to South Africa he was wrecked in the transport Clyde, and his services on that occasion were mentioned in despatches. In 1879, Captain Carey accompanied the Prince Imperial on the reconnoisance which proved fatal to the latter, and the conduct of the former on that occasion underwent the scrutiny of a court-martial, the result of which was that his sword was returned to him. Captain Carey, who attained that rank in 1879, accompanied his regiment to India in 1880.