14th November 2010 Pat wrote of new information:
Cuthbert born 1786 and baptised in Long Benton Newcastle.
He was the son of Cuthbert and Dorothy Compstan/Cumpston.
He served in the 1st Brigade, 61st Foot regiment in the Peninsula Wars at the battles of the Pyrenees in 1813 and Toulouse 1814.
I found this in the Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949.
I'm having great difficulty with Cuthbert's parents Cuthbert and Dorothy. I've found their marriage - 31st May 1779 in Earsden by North Shields - which shows both their surnames as Comston but can't find anything for either of them prior to that date.