Captain John Moberly was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, of English parentage, in 1789. His parents were British diplomats. He entered the navy in 1801 when he was only 12 and by 1815 had become a post Captain, serving on a number of ships.
James Keating was born in the parish of Templeshort, county of Wexford, Ireland in 1786. His father was murdered when James was in his teens which likely prompted him to join the Royal Regiment of Artillery at the age of 18 in 1804.
He received a medal for his good service at Martinique and eventually made his way to the Canadas for the War of 1812.