My Great grandfather John Smedley was married in Sydney NSW Australia in
1868. He gave no parents name, no place of birth and gave his occupation as
stonemason.. On the birth certificate of his first child he says he was
born in Nottingham and that he was a Lace Maker. Oh, well I thought, he
came to Australia and there not being much work for a lace maker he had to
take whatever work he could get, hence the stonemason work. There was never
any personal information on any of his subsequent children's birth
certificates other than born in Nottingham.
We have spent years searching high and low and trying every which way to
find his entry into Australia with no luck whatsoever. Today on my return
break away I had an email with the following
"An old resident of Katoomba (N>S> Wales, Mr John Smedley, died on March 31,
after a long illness. Deceased had several medals won in New Zealand, also
in the Soudan, where he saw active service. He leaves a large family"
From Papers Past - Auckland Star - 6 April 1908. This was
Smedley! As can be imagined, we were amazed to find such a
account of Nottingham John (as we call him).
My question is, how do I find the records of his army service in New
Zealand? We assume he left the UK somewhere from 1861 to 1866 and that he
may have joined up in that period of time. He obviously joined up for the
Sudan War in Australia as he was then married and living here. We have
found his name on the Nominal Roll at the Australian War Memorial.
John was born approximately 1847.in Nottingham if he gave the right
Hoping for some inspiration