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First World War Orphan

Postby sirrom61 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:24 pm

During our research we have come across some data that I was wondering whether someone could explain. My Great Grandfather was killed during the First World War , his children were absorbed into some form of army education system, it was named as Royal Military Asylum , why was the term Asylum used? Thank you


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Re: First World War Orphan

Postby AdrianB38 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:06 pm

The original use of the word "Asylum" is basically a place of safety, a refuge. And that's what the Asylum in RMA means - bear in mind that it was founded in 1803, so terminology is liable to be slightly different. You're not the first person to be confused - the RMA's records in the National Archives catalogue are tagged with, among other values, "Mental Health", which is absolutely nothing to do with a school for military orphans!

By the way, according to Wikipedia, "In 1892 the Royal Military Asylum was renamed The Duke of York's Royal Military School".
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Re: First World War Orphan

Postby sirrom61 » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:22 pm

Thank you for clearing this up


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Re: First World War Orphan

Postby phsvm » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:36 pm

Hence the terms "Asylum seekers" and "political asylum".

Both refer to individuals wanting refuge.
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