Thanks Adrian for your informative answer.
I was assuming of course that documentation would be kept for each serving soldier that
would list his postings and other information that is not covered in the discharge paper.
Seems I was mistaken.
As you say, getting information from the muster books might prove a little impossible for
me, so I will have to be content with his discharge document and his letters.
> On 30 October 2019 at 05:22 Adrian Bruce <abruce6155(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 28 Oct 2019 at 21:36, <aotueka(a)xtra.co.nz> wrote:
> > One of the documents you sent says he transferred to the 65th Regiment.
> > So I have been looking for Henry's service documents which would show his
postings but to no avail.
> I'm not sure what you are referring to, or hoping for, when you say
> "service documents which would show his postings" but I believe that
> you have everything that there is. The detail is in the two page
> document "Proceedings of a Regimental Board", which was produced at
> the time of his discharge (I'm assuming that you have that). On the
> reverse of that page is the "Detailed Statement of the Services of
> ..." which lists his regiments (80th and 65th) and the time in each
> rank. At that period, as far as I understand, the actual service
> documents, such as the Attestation Form that the soldier signed /
> marked on joining up, were scrapped after he left as everything
> necessary had been transferred onto the discharge documents that you
> So those *are* his postings in the "Detailed Statement of the Services
> of ...". If you're looking for *where* the guy was, then that data has
> never been kept at the level of the individual soldier because why
> would the clerk write the same thing on 700 soldiers' records when he
> couldn write it once on the regiment / battalion / battery / whatever
> records? So, if places is what you're after, you need to switch
> attention to the 80th and 65th Regiments of Foot, starting with
> Wikipedia. The 80th seems to start his period in NZ & Australia before
> going on to India. His period in the 65th seems to match the time when
> they were in the UK first and then Australia and NZ again.
> The problem is that it's perfectly possible that Henry could have been
> in a detachment of those regiments that simply wasn't where Wikipedia
> records the main force as being (and that's assuming the accuracy of
> the Wikipedia entry - probably fundamentally correct but sometimes a
> bit imprecise?). In fact, I have to say that his transfer from 80th to
> 65th doesn't seem to line up with anything that the regiments were
> doing - one typical reason for a transfer, for instance, was that
> soldiers who got on with life in India, rather than go back to Blighty
> with the regiment at the end of its tour of duty, would ask for a
> transfer to the incoming regiment. That doesn't seem to be the reason
> here, so quite why he asked for the transfer I don't know. Also, at
> the beginning of his career, Henry would have been trained in the UK
> at the regimental depot for I don't know how long.
> The answer, in fact, should exist but it's at the UK's National
> Archives in Kew where the Muster Books are kept. These will list
> everyone in a battalion every quarter, also recording transfers in and
> out (we hope) and the base of that unit. The 80th's Muster Books, for
> instance, will probably include one book each quarter for the main
> force in NZ or Australia, for instance, and another, much smaller one,
> for the soldiers at the Depot. Or they might even be listed in a
> Muster Book for the entire Depot - several regiments might work out of
> the same depot. By tracing Henry through each Muster Book and checking
> the nominal base of the unit on that Muster Book, it should be
> possible to know where he was.
> But on the other hand, accessing those Muster Books might not be easy
> for you! Anyway, that's the basic outline of where the data is. We
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