The National Archives used to employ a specialist military history advisor. Hopefully they
still do. I guess they might be a useful point of contact
SOG member 1979 to present
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From: Adrian Bruce
Sent: Saturday, 5 January 2019 20:40
To: SOG Mailing List
Reply To: sog-uk(a)rootsweb.com
Cc: Duncan Robertson
Subject: [SOG-UK] Re: Why did my grandfather provide false information on his army
On Sat, 5 Jan 2019 at 16:48, Duncan Robertson via SOG-UK
My grandfather enlisted in the British army in 1894. He was 23 years
old, literate and numerate but claimed to be 19. ...
Would pretending to be younger than he was give him some benefit or
Not as far as I know - I did find a similar case back in the early
years of the 19th century and asked on the Victorian Wars Forum but
nobody could think of why anyone would do it. At 19 you could be sent
abroad so he wasn't avoiding anything either...
But you probably need a proper military historian to give an opinion.
There is the obvious question - how certain are you that this is him?
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