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My paternal grandfather William Edwin Dolling Howe was medically discharged
from the Royal Engineers in 1912.
He married his first wife, Rosa Smitham the same year.
He left England with at least 1 child, William Frederick Howe and had a
second child, Eddie who died age 6 of pneumonia.
In 1916, married his second wife, Myrtle Murray, in Lucknow, India, having
lost Rosa on the journey from England. He and Myrtle had three boys between
1922 and 1926, Charles, Harold & Leslie.
He was employed by a railway as a Mechanical Engineer,
After trying for about 20 years I been unable to fill in the details
mick in glen innes
I'm hoping another pair of eyes and perhaps a less be-fuddled brain might shed some light or help me figure out this puzzle. I have exhausted the web trying to find out anything about Lt. JOHN COLLIER. He might be an ancestor?
I came across the notice of the marriage in Calcutta of GEORGE MATTHEW ANDERSON (son of George ANDERSON) in the Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for 1822 (Page 93) to his daughter Mary (COLLIER) " the youngest daughter of the late Lieutenant John Collier of the Ceylon Regiment of Foot."
On findmypast.co.uk burial information on John Collier for 13 June 1820, "Townsman of the H.M 59th Regiment aged 37 and living in Cossitollah" (Page 483). Note, George Anderson (Senior) willed property in Cossitollah to his sons in 1809.
Info on HM 59th Regiment - https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.wikipedia.org_wik.... According to the article the 1st Batalion was in India sometime between 1810-1811. They moved to Ceylon in 1817. They returned to India in 1818. The Regiment returned to England in 1829.
Am I wrong to presume that more information on a Lieutenant would be available on findmypast? I haven't found any except for the burial. Please, please help.
Other surnames linked to the ANDERSONS are D'Silva/DeSilva etc., D'Souza/DeSouza etc., Smith, Charters circa 1780-1800s in Calcutta.
Nancy Rixon Lilly
For those interested in such things, Michael Portillo's series "Great Indian
Railway Journeys" is currently being shown here in Australia (on SBS,
Tuesdays at 7.30 pm - second episode last night so still viewable "on
The series must have been shown in the UK, but I'm not sure about elsewhere.
However, it can readily be found on YouTube.
I mention it because, not only is it good viewing for railway buffs and for
general interest in India and things Indian, but two of the people he
interviewed in last night's episode (Mysore to Madras) live in White Fields,
16km from Bangalore, originally set up as an Anglo-Indian community, were of
the name De Silva.
The series was recorded in 2017.
I am trying to find out where my father Wilton George Wilcox would have lived.
All I know is that he was born Bombay in 1928 and was christened in St Thomas Cathedral. His parents were married in Christchurch.
He applied for a passport in 1951. Would his passport application say his address, how would I go about getting a copy.
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I am looking for anyone who knows of families with the surnames, Anthony,
Gilbert and DeSilva who were related and lived in the Madras, Bangalore and
Kolar Gold Fields areas in the late 19th and early 20th century.
When I was an infant my parents left Burma by boat in late 1940
or early 1941. Though I have looked I have not been able to find
whether there exists the names of the ships or the passengers on them.
Might anyone on the list be able to inform me as to whether such lists
exist. We went initially to Calcutta.
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I don't suppose you have an idea of whether there are any Nizam Army Records
for Madras from about 1830 to 1850 have been found!
Still searching for any information on my ggg grandfather John Thorpe who
was a 1st dresser in the Nizam Army in 1829 to about 1844 when he married.
I cannot find where he was born whether in India or in the UK.
From: Simon Harding
As part of the free military records on Fold3, there are a number of digitised books, reprint editions, in respect of various Indian Army Regiments which may be of interest
I have seen the date of 9 August for Ancestry free access, I assume it is the same for Fold 3
So sorry I may have given the wrong info. What I know for sure is this that I have just found at the Basra memorial.
Gunner Henry George Wilcox
In Memory of
VAB/58, Vol. Art. Bty., Indian Defence Force Artillery who died on 31 July 1916 Age 28
Son of Mary Wilcox, of 19, Lancaster Rd., Rangoon, Burma, and the late Richard Peel Wilcox
Please refer to Fibiwiki and the section on Railways - there is a
Railways index with information the companies and where to find their
records if available.
Mary Anne Gourley
FIBIS representative in Australia
> 1. Re: RMR and BBCI Railways (Jennifer Ross)
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> I am looking for information on whether there are any Railway records for staff that were employed in the Rajputana Malwa Railway (RMR) and Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway from commencement to 1960.
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I have a great uncle who died as a POW in the first world war. He lived in India. I have found him on Ancestry ( free access for military records untill 9th) Henry George Wilcox born abt 1884 India Regiment number is 43132.
Can't find anything else so where would I be able to see his full army records?
I would suggest that the best way forward is to examine the General Muster
Books and Pay Lists for the 106th Foot at The National Archives, London.
These have not been digitised I'm afraid, so you will need to employ a
researcher to do this. That should not be too expensive since you know
exactly what to look for, where to start and where to finish.
The files are WO 12/9986 for 1862-63, WO 12/9987 for 1863-64 and WO 12/9988
Sometimes there was a bit of a delay before a man's record was brought up to
date, so start at WO 12/9986 and keep going until Dowdall is no longer
shown. With luck the record for him will record when he left the regiment,
and may also give the ship on which he was embarked for home or direct for
If you wish, PM me and I can recommend a researcher who did a similar job
for me. Up to you.