Thanks for checking out my documents (warrant books, allotment registers) independently,
I'm glad your reading of them is the same as mine.
Like you, I haven't found any mention of William Trounsell in the London Gazette, the
newspaper archive etc, which I've searched using the British Library in London. Thank
you for the suggestion to pursue the Navy Lists for mention of an appointment to
midshipman, and for the suggestion to contact the mariners forum.
I'm grateful to everyone who chipped in. It seems my brick wall is hanging on by a few
All the best,
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:02:39 +0100
From: "elizabeth howard" <elizgh(a)btinternet.com>
Subject: [DEV] Navy ranks and roles?
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Hi, ADM 27/1/443 is a series of Allotment registers
recording the sending of wages to next of kin by warrant officers, ratings,
and Royal Marines from ships named A - T . William Trounsell is HMS
Centaur , pay book number SB 556 Rank Midshipman , Relation mother
Elizabeth , when allotted ( the wages ) 1798 . In Adm 29/2/330 William
Trounsell , rank, carpenter , born ( not given) age on entry ( not given )
Dates served 4 Aug 1781 - 31 Dec 1815 . This series is Records of Service
, RN , RM , Coastguard, and related services , Officers and Ratings Service
Adm 6/23/170 is Service Records, Registers, Returns
and Certificates, Commission and Warrant book . William Trounsell ,
carpenter. Warrants or commissions for service at this rank in the RN .
However I cannot find a William , Wm, Willm
Trounsell in the London Gazette, Britishnewspaperarchive, The Times online,
19th C British newspapers and I think somewhere in one of them the
appointment of a midshipman MIGHT have been recorded ........ however you
would need to see the Navy List for the period 1783 -1815 , and there is a
Navy List for 1800 but not online as far as I can find .. Try also
Mariners-L-request(a)rootsweb.com and ask the experts there . I suppose it
is remotely possible that after 30+ years service he could have been
discharged as a midshipman , but he certainly isn`t obviously that for his
full service .