James Tribute

As a Sapper Tribute's Regimental Pay per Diem would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.

During the time in British Columbia, Captain Luard followed the established practice in the British Army of the era and took one of the Sappers under his command as his Orderly.  This man, Sapper James Tribute appears to have served as Luard's Orderly from at least 1860 and may have served Luard prior to this time.  It was common for an orderly to serve alongside his Officer for years.

New Westminster

15th May 1860


In answer to your communication of the 8th Instant, having reference to a charge in my Military Requisition W1 of Twelve Pounds, Thirteen Shillings and Three pence for the Board and Lodging at Victoria of one Non-commissioned Officer and two Sappers belonging to the Detachment of Royal Engineers between the 10th and 25th February last, I have the honour to inform you that the former, Corporal Wolfenden, as Clerk in my Office, was on duty there in connection with the Accounts of this Detachment at the Treasury.  The latter named Men Sappers Yates and Tribute, accompanied myself and Captain Luard as our Servants on our proceeding matter on duty at that time. 

I might mention that I took no orderly with me on that occasion and that Captain Luard's servant, Sapper Tribute, acted also in that capacity returning with me on the 21st February, from the Barracks occupied by the Detachment of Royal Marines being crowded, the expense recorded was unavoidable.

I have the Honour to be

Your most obedient,
Humble Servant,

Colonel Commanding

"I have at last found a Man who can cut the boy's hair decently (underlined) at any rate, I have tried 5 or 6 of the Men, but now I find Captain Luard's Servant is the best hand at it.  The boys look quite nice." 

-- 26 February 1863
Mary S. Moody

Tribute does not take his free land grant, nor does he remain in the Colony but returns to England with the Officers of the Detachment in November 1863.