Sackville Tufton

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About Sackville Tufton

Tufton was an officer in the 1st Foot Guards. In 1673, he was wounded in the Battle of Schooneveld against the Dutch fleet. His right hand was shattered with muscles and tendons lacerated and bones broken. Recovery was slow and painful and he required several surgical operations to remove bone fragments, performed without the benefit of anaesthesia. He recuperated in Bath in the following spring where he was treated by Dr Robert Peirce. He returned to Bath over several years for further treatment under Peirce’s direction and regained some use of his hand.

In 1687, he was appointed colonel of a regiment of foot, which later became the East Yorkshire Regiment. He was removed from his colonelcy at the end of 1688 for refusing to swear loyalty to William III after the Glorious Revolution.