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Chosen Men were the Napoleonic eras equivalent of todays Lance Corporal. Whilst one step below the NCO (Non-comissioned Officer) ranks, the Chosen Man was selected from the ranks to lead a sub-unit of the Company, often for their intelligence and ability. The rank was unofficial insomuch as it was used only within the Company, with Commanding Officers able to promote and demote at will those who were chosen to wear the single white armband which denoted Chosen Men. Thy were usually spared ordinary duties, and often went on to become NCOs.

In the Sharpe TV Movies the rank is used to denote a special unit within the company, where all the Riflemen are Chosen Men, giving Sharpe a group of comrades with which he can form a stronger bond than is the norm between officers and the army's lowest ranks.

List of TV Series Chosen Men with SharpeEdit

  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard Sharpe (Alive)
  • Regimental Sergeant Major Patrick Harper (Alive)
  • Sergeant Daniel Hagman (killed in Sharpe's Waterloo)
  • Sergeant Harris (killed in Sharpe's Waterloo)
  • Rifleman Ben Perkins (killed in Sharpe's Battle by O'Rourke)
  • Rifleman Francis Cooper (Alive, but disappears after Sharpe's Gold, returns to narrate Sharpe the Legend)
  • Rifleman Isaiah Tongue (Unknown, disappears after Sharpe's Eagle and never returns, he maybe dead or left the army to go back to England)
  • Rifleman Tobias Moore (Alive, one of the only chosen men to obtain the Forlorn Hope badge, he appears with Sharpe's 95th Rifles right up to Sharpe's Mission along with another Chosen Man, Millerson)
  • Rifleman Skillicorn (Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Sharpe's Gold for looting a chicken)
  • Rifleman Bradshaw (Unknown)
  • Rifleman Millerson (Alive, appears all the way up to Sharpe's Mission)

List of Novel Series Chosen Men with SharpeEdit

  • Regimental Sergeant Major Patrick Harper (Alive)
  • Sergeant Williams (Killed in Sharpe's Rifles during a battle, after his death Harper would later take his place)
  • Sergeant Latimer (Alive)
  • Corporal Matthew Dodd (Missing in Action as of Sharpe's Escape after the Battle of Bussaco a homage to C.S Forester's Death to the French also known as Rifleman Dodd, he most likely survived)
  • Rifleman Daniel Hagman (Killed in Sharpe's Waterloo died in Sharpe's arms during the Battle of Waterloo after the Prince of Oranges incompetence)
  • Rifleman Francis Cooper (Killed in Sharpe's Rifles on a retreat to Corunna, he mistakenly reappears in Sharpe's Havoc, Battle, Skirmish and Christmas as it was an error written by Bernard Cromwell)
  • Rifleman Harris (Alive as of Sharpe's Christmas)
  • Rifleman John Williamson (Killed by Sharpe in Sharpe's Havoc for desertion after betraying Sharpe's unit turned over to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher the French turncoat Foreign Office spy who wanted to sell secrets in return for favours from the conquering French, he became Christopher's horse carriage driver)
  • Rifleman Isaiah Tongue (Killed in Sharpe's Gold after he warned Sharpe of a French Ambush which resulted in him being killed, Rifleman Jenkins was upset of his death.)
  • Rifleman Ned Tarrant. (Missing in Action as of Sharpe's Havoc after the French victory at Oporto, he was wounded in the hip unable to walk he had to be left behind, likely he was either captured by the French incarnated as Prisoner of War or later found by fleeing British Troops possibly evacuated to England, fate unknown)
  • Rifleman Parry Jenkins (Alive)
  • Rifleman Sean Donnelly (Killed in Sharpe's Havoc while on watch by French Sharpshooters)
  • Rifleman Gataker (Killed in Sharpe's Eagle during the Battle at Talavera during an artillery raid)
  • Rifleman Fergus Slattery (Killed in Sharpe's Fury during the Battle of Barrosa, shot in the throat and died)
  • Rifleman Thompson (Killed in Sharpe's Battle while at a fort training the Irish Company soldiers, killed by a French Sharpshooter while he was on guard)
  • Rifleman Green (Alive)
  • Rifleman Carter (Alive)
  • Rifleman McDonald (Alive)
  • Rifleman Smith (Alive)
  • Rifleman Christopher Thomas Cresacre (Killed in Sharpe's Company during the Battle of Badajoz, dies of his wounds on the battlefield.)
  • Rifleman Cameron (Alive)
  • Rifleman Sims (Alive)
  • Rifleman Harvey (Alive)
  • Rifleman Jedediah Horrell (Alive)
  • Rifleman Nicholas Hine (Unknown)
  • Rifleman Finn (Unknown)
  • Rifleman Pendleton (One of two youngest rifleman in Sharpe's Company of the Chosen Men, Killed in Sharpe's Eagle during the Battle of Talavera in the bitter fighting. he mistakenly reappears in Sharpe's Escape as it was a publishing error by Bernard Cromwell,
  • Rifleman Ben Perkins (One of two youngest rifleman in Sharpe's Company of the Chosen Men, Alive as of Sharpe's Christmas.)
  • Rifleman McNeill (Unknown)
Note of Sharpe's Chosen Men only 11 where killed off in the novels, of the death include,
  • Rifleman Francis Cooper, Sharpe's Rifle's on a retreat to Corunna and was killed when a Battalion's mule bolted eastwards when he tried to save his belongings and was killed by the French Dragoon Soldier,
  • Sergeant Williams. Sharpe's Rifle's during a battle.
  • Rifleman Sean Donnelly. Sharpe's Havoc while on watch duty from a French Sharpshooter.
  • Rifleman John Williamson. Sharpe's Havoc killed by Sharpe for betrayal and desertion for betraying Sharpe to Lieutenant Colonel Christopher.
  • Rifleman Gataker. Sharpe's Eagle killed during the Battle of Talavera during an artillery raid.
  • Rifleman Pendleton. Sharpe's Eagle killed during the Battle of Talavera in the bitter fighting.
  • Rifleman Isaiah Tongue. Sharpe's Gold killed while he shouted a warning to Sharpe when the French Ambushed, his death affected his friend Rifleman Parry Jenkins to feel sorry for his demise only for Sharpe to tell Jenkins it's not his fault,
  • Rifleman Fergus Slattery. Sharpe's Fury killed during the Battle of Barrosa in the bitter fighting, shot in the throat.
  • Rifleman Thompson. Sharpe's Battle killed at a fort where Sharpe has Lord Kiley's Irish Company being trained to fight against Loupe, killed while on watch by a French Sharpshooter,
  • Rifleman Christopher Thomas Cresacre. Sharpe's Company killed during the Battle of Badajoz was wounded on the battlefield.
  • Rifleman Daniel Hagman. Sharpe's Waterloo he was the last Rifleman to be killed off in the novel series. killed during the Battle at Waterloo at the battle of La Haye Sainte after the Prince of Orange during a third time caused his men including Private Clayton, and men from the King's German Legion to be slaughtered causing many to either die or be wounded, Hagman was mortally wounded as a result he died in Sharpe's arms of his wounds soon afterwards,

these where the only 11 to be killed in the novel series, 10 of which Sharpe knew died in the Peninsular War, while Hagman died at Waterloo in 1815.

Note of Sharpe's Chosen Men, only two where missing in action during the novels. of the missing include.
  • Corporal Matthew Dodd, Sharpe's Escape missing in action after the Battle of Bussaco he most likely survived according to a different fictional novel which is C.S Forester's novel Death to the French, likely Dodd survived according to Rifleman Carter says he last seen him escape from the French when he was surrounded.
  • Rifleman Ned Tarrant. Sharpe's Havoc he was wounded in action after the French victory at Oporto in the hip and was unable to walk so Sharpe and the others where forced to leave him behind seeing it would slow them down, likely he was ether captured by the French as Prisoner of War as similar to what happened to Major Dunnett, or was rescued by retreating British soldiers likely evacuated to England as such his fate is unknown.

these where the only 2 to be missing in action in the novel series,

Note of Sharpe's Chosen Men only 16 of Sharpe's Chosen Men survived the war including Harper. the survivors include.
  • Regimental Sergeant Major Patrick Harper. Survived both the Peninsular War and also the Battle at Waterloo, alive as of Sharpe's Devil,
  • Sergeant Latimer. Likely Survived the Peninsular War.
  • Rifleman Harris. Survived in the novels, alive as of Sharpe's Christmas likely survived the Peninsular War and partook in the final battle at Toulouse, but did not partake in Waterloo (unlike the TV Series where he was killed off,) instead he is a living member in the novels.
  • Rifleman Parry Jenkins. Survived in the novels, alive as of Sharpe's Sword most likely alive as of Sharpe's Enemy as it's likely he is one of the last nine from the retreat to Corunna left so he may have fought with Sharpe right up until Sharpe's Revenge likely partaking in the final battle at Toulouse, may have survived and went back home after the war to start a new leaf of life, he does not partake in Waterloo as he is not mentioned in Sharpe's Waterloo.
  • Rifleman Jediediah Horrell. Survived the Peninsular War most likely.
  • Rifleman Nicholas Hine. Survived the Peninsular War most likely.
  • Rifleman Ben Perkins. Survived in the novels, alive as of Sharpe's Christmas, possibly partook in the final battle at Toulouse and may have went back home to England to turn over a new leaf of life, he does not appear in Sharpe's Waterloo as he is not mentioned.
  • Rifleman Carter. Survived the Peninsular War most likely.
  • Rifleman McNeill. Survived the Peninsular War most likely.
  • Rifleman Finn. Survived the Peninsular War most likely.
  • Rifleman Green. Likely Survived the Peninsular War.
  • Rifleman McDonald. Likely Survived the Peninsular War.
  • Rifleman Cameron. Survived and possibly one of the last nine from the retreat to Corunna left as mentioned in Sharpe's Enemy, likely survived the war may have partaken in the final battle at Toulouse and may have went back home to England after that.
  • Rifleman Sims. Survived and possibly one of the last nine from the retreat to Corunna left as mentioned in Sharpe's Enemy, likely survived the war may have partaken in the final battle at Toulouse and may have went back home to England after that.
  • Rifleman Harvey. Survived and possibly one of the last nine from the retreat to Corunna left as mentioned in Sharpe's Enemy, likely survived the war may have partaken in the final battle at Toulouse and may have went back home to England after that.
  • Rifleman Smith. Likely Survived the Peninsular War.

these are the only 16 to have survived but it's also possible Jenkins, Cameron, Sims, and Harvey are one of the four mentioned in Sharpe's Rifles from the retreat to Corunna, they likely maybe survived according to Sharpe's Enemy as they're are only nine left fromt the retreat to Corunna in Sharpe's Enemy, it's likely Jenkins, Cameron, Sims and Harvey are one of these as where Harper and Hagman, (until Hagamn died in Sharpe's Waterloo that is,).

See AlsoEdit

Lance Corporal definition in Wikipedia Non-comissioned Officer definition in Wikipedia

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