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There are a number of records on both FindMyPast and Ancestry for George
Henry Mudar Bockmann, his parents and siblings, including a family tree on
Ancestry. Rather too numerous to post to the list, but if you care to PM me
I will send you what I can find.
I thought it might be useful if I set out briefly my understanding (bearing in mind I am not a lawyer) of a few basic principles of the British Nationality Act 1948 which governed the status of the citizens of the majority of the Commonwealth countries, following the sad demise of the Empire.
The British Nationality Act 1948 stated that all citizens of the United Kingdom and those of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Newfoundland, India, Pakistan, Southern Rhodesia and Ceylon, could be known either as 'British Subject' or 'Commonwealth Citizen' and both terms had the same meaning.
Citizenship of the UK could be acquired in one of 4 basic ways:
1) by birth in the UK;
2) by descent if the father was a UK citizen at the time of the birth;
3) by registration if a Commonwealth Citizen as defined above, on completion of a UK residency qualification which was initially one year but extended to 5 years in 1962;
4) by naturalisation, in the case of any other person who was not a Commonwealth Citizen.
There was a small window between July 1948 and December 1949 when in the case of us 'Anglos', a claim could have been made for citizenship of the UK by virtue of having a male ancestor 'connected with the UK' and an intention to make one's home in the UK. This concession would have facilitated the majority of 'Anglos' to acquire UK citizenship (while still in India) if they decided to apply; most did not on a timely basis but obtained UK citizenship subsequently on arriving 'home'.
There have been numerous variations to the British Nationality Act since 1948 but I have not kept abreast of the changes.
My parents had to apply as did all my extended family, as they were born in India. Just recently my mum had showed me their papers for UK citizenship. They came here in 61. Only then can you apply for a UK passport.
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My father was born in India, he was the 4th generation on both sides of his parents to be born there. The first generation to go to India was from the UK in around 1800.
He came to the UK in 1951. Would he have had to apply for a British passport and Britain Citizenship. Or would he have been British anyway. Hope that makes sense.
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There are a number of evacuees with the Cornelius name listed on the
Anglo-Burmese Library pages. Go to www.angloburmeselibrary.com non-members
section and look at the Evacuation List.
They are all for 1942 however.
It's actually worth everyone looking at this list to see whether you had
anyone in Burma at the time of the evacuation.
Could someone tell me whether there are records of the ships and
passengers that left Rangoon for Calcutta the evacuation of Burma in
mid 1940? My parents and brother left on such a trip and as one
would expect, I have no recollection of it. If there are such records
where might I get a copy?
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The Bombay & Calcutta Gazettes often used to advertise for offers of passage home for invalids (and also convicts who had served their time) but tI have never seen the individuals bering named. The inference must be that ships’ commander would have to carry them without charge.
I was recently talking to someone from the British Newspaper Archive about
my subscription and at the end of the conversation he said the usual
'anything else I can help you with today'. I said that it would be good to
see the Archive's large collection of newspapers from British India on-line.
I suggested that there were many people who would make use for family
history and other research purposes. He told me that he would pass on my
I am sure that there are many people on the India Lists that would also make
use of such a facility. Maybe List members could also make this suggestion
to the Archive to encourage them to provide what would be of great benefit
to us all.
Thanks for the information, I have looked through pension records on findmypast, also to no avail with regard to Crawford. I will check the BL Catalogue.
I do have other queries.
Are there any Indian newspaper archives for the period on line?
Also can someone tell me approximately how long the journey was for ships returning to England from Calcutta during this timeframe (1832)?
I must admit I am having a bit of trouble with this fellow - if he did return to Europe, he left behind wife, and daughter, born Feb 1832. As I understand it, Widows (and families), to stay in the cantonments, would be obliged to find themselves another husband to remain!! Is this correct also?
From: Maureen Evers <maureen.evers(a)bigpond.com>
Sent: Wednesday, 30 January 2019 11:39 AM
Subject: [INDIA] Re: Invalided to India [should be "from India"]
Merran, there are some pension records on findmypast. However, I had a quick look and couldn’t see anything relevant for Bengal.
You can see what is on findmypast in the following link
You could look in the British Library catalogue to see if there are any pension records not included on findmypast
Regarding the ships back to the UK, I’m not aware of any records. All the records appear to be for ships going to India.
> On 29 Jan 2019, at 5:32 pm, mainslie(a)qld.chariot.net.au wrote:
> Suggestions and help please - where can I find information regarding
> soldiers of Bengal Army European Soldiers who were invalided to Europe? Are
> there any surviving lists, ships they would have departed on etc?
> Taken from Registers A-K 1793-1839 LDS Fm 1867444
> In part. Samuel Crawford, enlisted Rochester, rank Gunner 2nd
> Artillery 2nd Troop?. Arrived ship Repulse 11 May 1827, Invalided to
> Europe G.O.O.C. 5 October 1832
> Any help gratefully appreciated.
> Merran Ainslie
> Brisbane, Aust.
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I am interested in the Mergler family of Madras. The earliest name I have is
of Charles Mergler a gunner. He and his wife Ellenora were having children
baptised between 1804 and 1817 at Seringapatam and Mantoddy but I have no
details of Charles' birth or the marriage. I presume the surname is probably
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I'm looking for my daughter-in-law's ancestors in India. Her people are not from Europe.
I hope this list can help me. It's hard to find any info for India online. I am looking for
info/ancestors for the following people:
T. R. PADMANABHAN, b. 2 Jan 1942, Kerela, d. 17 Dec 2011 (in India)
Lalitha IYER, b. 21 July 1955, Kerela, d. 5 Mar 2011 (in Florida)
Thank you so much for any help.
Los Lunas, NM
I wonder if some kind person could look up the following at the India
Office for me.
Peter Bailey gave me these references quite a while ago but unfortunately I
was unable to get to London at the time or since to look them up.
THE ROYAL ADMIRAL - IOR/L/MAR/B/338D (Journal), 338N (1) Ledger, 338N(2)
pay book, 338N(3) absence book 338N(4) Imprest. Thomas Clarke who I
understand came from Dublin, travelled to India on the Royal Admiral in
1787. He was in the Army and according to a letter written by his son "he
(Thomas Clarke) was a European......he was in the army and was severely
injured in battle, and when he died he was Deputy Commissary of Ordnance".
I found an interesting mention of this ship in the Derby Mercury Shipping
News on 2nd January 1787. While at Gravesend apparently there was an
altercation between the seamen and Hanoverian Troops on board when six
seamen were forced through portholes overboard and several men badly
I would be very grateful for any help in learning more about this man.
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