On Sat, 9 Nov 2019 at 22:02, Diana Trenchard via DEVON
... He then progressed as Master tailor, sub-conductor, Conductor,
Conductor, Lieutenant, Lieutenant (Madras List) retired. ...
Unless I am totally
misunderstanding, ranks / appointments like
Sub-Conductor and Conductor mean that he was in the East India
Company's Madras (presumably) Army to start with, and then the Madras
(apparently) part of the Indian Army after the demise of the EIC. I
can never see "Sub-Conductor and Conductor" without imagining a bus
conductor but I think that Sub-Conductor and Conductor were the
equivalent of what became Warrant Officers in the British Army. (You
may know all this, of course).
I don't know whether any of these will give rise to documents
that include a date and place of birth. ...
Me neither because I don't know
anything about what documents were
created and retained for those serving in the EIC / Indian Army. I
suspect that any documents retained will have started in the India
Office and therefore now be with the British Library. I don't
**think** that their military stuff is online anywhere. But I would
urge that you have a look at the FIBIS web-site (you may have already
done so) to see what it says about the military.
Also try http://indiafamily.bl.uk/ui/Home.aspx
to see if the BL have
indexed anything that FMP haven't.
Best of luck.