Eamonn O’Keeffe, a PhD student at the University of Oxford researching British military drummers and musicians during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and one of the researchers on the Buttrey Manuscript, was recently involved in the BBC’s celebrity family history series, “Who Do You Think You Are?”
In this episode which first aired August 12 (UK ratings of 3.8 million!), Eamonn spoke with Kate Winslet about her ancestor, who enlisted in the First Foot (later Grenadier) Guards as an eleven-year-old drummer in 1810.
The clip is fascinating, especially as John Buttrey became a drummer after joining the 34th Regiment at the age of 15.
Eamonn appears with Kate at 3:23 minutes. The young drummers were taught music and sometimes reading and writing, and received better pay than the privates.