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where to find soldiers records

Postby steph9555 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:55 pm

Hi my 3x gr8 grandfather joined the royal horse artillery in 1857, he attested in castle connell in Ireland. He served.in India until he died there in 1871. His name was William Doyle born about 1840ish father john doyle. He married in India to jane Burke. Where on. Earth would his service records be. Here or in Ireland? Confused advice most welcome
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Re: where to find soldiers records

Postby AdrianB38 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:54 pm

If the records survive, then the originals will be at the UK's National Archives, at Kew. He was part of the British Army. Try FindMypast first but if he died before he left the Army, the chances are not good.
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Re: where to find soldiers records

Postby junkers » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:06 am

It looks from The National Archives, Kew, catalogue that his service record does not survive, but his marriage and the baptism of two of his children does.
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Re: where to find soldiers records

Postby steph9555 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:29 am

What a shame I do believe he died was in the army, but thank you very much for your help :P
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Re: where to find soldiers records

Postby Sylcec » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:37 pm

Unfortunately no pension was payable as he died in service, hence no consolidated service record exists. To trace his service exactly you would need to go back through the pay lists and muster rolls which are at the National Archives in Kew - not digitised! You would I think need his service number or at least know his company and brigade to trace him through the musters. This info will probably be included on his marriage cert or birth certs for his chidren. As these events happened in India, you may also find these events included in the India Office Records Ecclesiastical series which have also been digitised by FindMyPast. (However, if he was Roman Catholic, then they may not be included in this series of records).
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