Noel, Thanks for advising.
Another source which could be of help, especially in cases such as death at sea.
On 26 Mar 2016, at 8:54 pm, Noel Clark via <india(a)rootsweb.com>
The "Monthly Military Obituary" was not a publication in its own right, but
about 1-3 column-inches of copy published by a number of newspapers in the
United Kingdom from 1824 into the 1860s. It may also have been published in
other "Empire" newspapers as well, but I have not checked that. It seems to
have been compiled by the War Office from information sent in by various
parties (relatives etc.) and then distributed to the various newspapers of
the day. It consists of a list of names of officers, grouped by rank, and
their corps or regiment, who have died in that month or shortly prior. They
may or may not have been still in service at the time of death, a smattering
of those I have seen are related to deaths from wounds but the rest seem to
be unrelated to military action, and deaths overseas or in transit (for
example on board ship) are noted as such. The earlier "Obituaries" show
surname only, but later editions have given names as well.
Some of these deaths are reported elsewhere of course, but this "Obituary"
column may be a useful supplementary finding aid. The British Newspapers
Collection (also on FindMyPast as both British and Irish newspapers) and the
British Library 19th Century Newspaper Collection both have many newspapers
that carried the "Obituary." Simply put "monthly military obituary"
the quotation marks) into the search field and then refine the results.
There is a "Quarterly Naval Obituary" along the same lines, commencing in
1836 and petering out in the late 1860s. It was compiled and issued by The
Admiralty. Forenames or initials were given right from the start, but not
the ship or station of the officer.