Hi there Chris
i put your note into a Family tree Forum and got these replies thus far
Have you tried the Overseas Section on Findmypast for overseas deaths?
Most marriages and births to soldiers and wives will be on this section and
most probably deaths as well. These start around 1780 so you should find
something on there.
Unfortunately, for the early soldiers, you really need to go to the National
Archives at Kew to research, and you will need to know the regiment. You may
find some online from approximately 1878 onwards at the TNA site but they
may not all be on there. The TNA site will be found at:
You can pay someone to do the research for you though this will not come
For Boer War and later, you can use Ancestry. I found the Attestation and
Medical Papers on Ancestry for a grt uncle and the death of one of his
children, age 1 was reported as having occurred in Ireland in 1906. I would
not have known she had existed but for finding these papers on Ancestry.
If you cannot find him on the TNA site that will not necessarily mean that
his records are not at Kew, just that they are not online. Of course, they
may or may not be at Kew. If not online, then only researching yourself or
paying a researcher to search for you will find him or not. I found my Great
Grandfathers records at Kew for his soldier period of 1853 to 1876 but I had
to research myself. His records are not online.
Discharge papers for those discharged from the Army to pension up to 1854
are name indexed on the National Archives site. There is a Richard Ford of
18th Foot (this is the Royal Irish Regiment) who served 1830-1854 and was 47
when discharged. He was born in Stepney. If you think this could be your
man, you can order the documents from TNA. The reference is WO97/387/20. Go
to this reference on their catalogue, then click on "request this" to get a
quote. Unlikely that the documents will mention any children, though.
The Attestation Papers pre 1883 do NOT contain any records of marriage or
children or next of kin.
It is the MUSTER RECORDS which contain all the minutiae of army life to
include daily events on pay details, hospital stays, whether on ship or at
battles, reasons for absences, change of regiment, all places within a
country of where they are, casualties, whether on furlough or not and also
whether your soldier is on the Married Establishment or not. The Married
Establishment or ME has a roll giving exact ages of children for example I
have one who is 2 and 9/12 months old and another who is 7/12 months on a
certain date. The Muster records are not online and would have to be
researched at Kew.
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