Another variation - I can cite an instance where someone joining a
regiment did join one associated with his birthplace and residence, so a
man born in Pancras Reg District signed on with the Middlesex regiment in
1903. He was discharged after a few weeks "not likely to become ...
effective...". This was not before being posted to Dublin. He remained in
Dublin, is enumerated in the 1911 census in a soldiers home, described as a
But, years later, he signed on again (it was now 1914, after the outbreak
of WW1) but in Dublin this time. He was also married by then.
The regiment? Middlesex. Clearly his "old unit", still, or once again in
Dublin. I haven't sought out the details to see which it was.
His birthplace was given as "St Pancras, Dublin" and he declared he had not
served before. Personal details match exactly, and I cannot find a St
Pancras in Dublin. In any case another Albert Edward Beakhust with the same
birthday might be some kind of miracle, considering the name is so rare.
As he was recruited in Dublin, the recruiting officer might assume the
place to be local.
Indeed I wonder if this happens often?
I also wonder if a soldier discharged early (a "casualty"? ) was always
offered transport home, or not? He may have found Dublin a congenial place
in 1903, compared with North London.
BTW, after a similar short period he was discharged again "unlikely....".
Pension papers dated 1920 put the cause as deafness. Although after a bare
few weeks service in total, I can't imagine the reason for the pension
enquiry to be in expectation of much in the way of pension!
Although not on the direct ancestral line to me, this man is a cousin and
is important to my family name, as he founded the branch of my surname in
Ireland, albeit gaining an extra R by the time his children appear in the
public record. So BeakhuRst now.
If you are in Birmingham, and say "Shirley" then the nearby one is well
enough known. If near Southampton,the Southampton version, and if near
croydon, another still!
So with attestation forms, especially as some recruits could not read (he
could, it seems), place names could be corrupted perhaps because the
recruiter was from elsewhere and the recruit in no position to check.
On 14 April 2016 12:33:16 pm Adrian Bruce via <sog-uk(a)rootsweb.com> wrote:
If it's not already obvious, don't place any faith in the
idea that someone
in the Blankshire Regiment was a native of Blankshire or joined up in
Blankshire. Knowing where the regiment's recruiting parties were when the
soldier joined up is probably much more useful. Maybe...
As an example I have a guy who joined the 2nd Bn of the Bedfordshires
during the Napoleonic Wars - he came, we believe, from Manchester.
I would GUESS that the Discharge papers' birthplace is just a straight copy
of previous documents but a thorough search should cover Casualty Returns
(which seem to record when someone left a unit or died, rather than when
they were injured), Pay List & Muster Books (one combined quarterly(?)
document) and any Description Books. There is space in there for birthplace
and trade before joining but whether they are completed or different to
what you have already got, who knows?
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