Hi to all,
I am yet another Western Australian who has an interest in this list -
perhaps we should start a common interest group or somthing <BG>.
Firstly - thanks to Cathy Day for setting up this mailing list, her web
pages have helped me significantly in making a couple of great leaps
backwards in my family search and I am sure that this list will be of equal
My great granfather Walter Hugh BROWN was born on 24th July 1880 to Charles
John BROWN (an inspector in the Bengal Police) and Annette Elvina (Unkown)
in Alipore Calcutta. In 1895 at the age of 15 Walter joined the 1st
Batalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers at Allahabad and saw service in South
Africa from 1899 to 1902. On 19th Sep 1904 he attained the rank of Staff
Sargent and transfered to the Indian army from "Supernumerary lists on the
roles of 2nd ? Royal Irish Fusiliers". From this point on I have Walter's
service record courtesy of the OIOC. Walter served at various garrisons
throughout India in the Supply and Transport Corps and on 10th Jan 1905 he
married Kathleen Teresa COCHRANE (daughter of Lawrence COCHRANE) at St John
the Evangelist Church in Colba, Bombay.
Walter and Kathleen had one daughter Hazel Letitia Mabel BROWN, born on
10th Feb 1906 in Rawalpindi (then) India. Kathleen died on 9th Jan 1907 at
her mothers home in Holywood Co. Down Ireland.
While Walter served in the Army in India and then in WW1, Hazel was brought
up by his sister Letty (Leticia ?) and her husband Will ROSS-HAYES. Walter
attain the rank of Sub Conductor (Warrant Officer 1) in 1917 however he
died of scepticemia of sores of the legs in Mesopotamia before he reached
India after the war ended and Hazel remained with Letty & Will.
In letters from Walter to Hazel, a number of Uncles and Aunts are
mentioned as follows
- Charlie Brown (perhaps m. Annette) but had Epilepsy and lived with Letty
& Will also.
- Kiity Brown m. Tom ?? and had 2 sons Cedric and Percy.
- Eddie Brown married and wife died in 1940's.
- Josie ?? & Fred ?? who had a daughter Merle. Merle & Hazel went to
Woodstock School in Mussoorie also with cousins Beryl and Doris.
- Ellen ?? who had 2 sons Edwin & Donald. Edwin served with Walter in the
S&T Corps in Mesepotamia
- Aunty Toots
Other names mentioned are
- Will MATHER - father of a Clara??
- Peter WREFORD
- Michael Joseph and Clarence Mabel DOYLE - god parents to Hazel
Will ROSS-HAYES was the District Engineer Jhang Principal in Feb 1916 and
then the Garrison Engineer in Bareilly in Jan 1917.
Will & Letty ROSS-HAYES and Charlie BROWN were living in Fraser Town
Bangalore in Mar 1947.
If any one has any information on
1) any of the names above
2) The Royal Irish Fusiliers in India
3) How to find out service records of an Inspector in the Bengal Police
4) Woodstock School in Mussoorie or
5) What part of what army Will ROSS-HAYES may have belonged to,
Please contact me.
I have transcribed the index for all BROWN baptisms in the Bengal
Presidency for the period 1876 to 1884, being the LDS film # 0498518. This
is handwritten so I will look up any names if asked - so if you have a
BROWN child born during this period it will save you the cost of getting
this film. (See Cathy's web page).
Regards to All