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Major George Henderson

Postby c.thorman » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:01 am

Trying to find major George Henderson military records he was in royal engineers, he was born Aberdeen
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Re: Major George Henderson

Postby c.thorman » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:11 am

He was born 1796 Aberdeen
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Re: Major George Henderson

Postby AdrianB38 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:39 pm

Hm. Drawing a blank on this one, I'm afraid. Officers of the British Army are not always well documented. For most of the 19th century, records of enlisted men (i.e. those below the ranks of the commissioned officers) survive only if they received a pension - either long-service or ill-health. Officers didn't receive pensions over much of that period, so the detailed records don't exist.

Your starters for research are given in TNA Research Guides on
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-officers-1913/
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-officers-up-to-1913-further-research/

The "starter for 10" sources for Army Officers are the Army Lists (listing every Army Officer at the time of publication) and the London Gazette issues (listing all promotions of Army Officers - see https://www.thegazette.co.uk/).

I've had a quick look at

and I'm afraid I can't see him.

There are some things you need to be wary of, most especially, which Army was he in? That's not as daft as it sounds - the East India Company had 3 armies of its own. I have an in-law of a relative of a relative who started as an officer in the Royal (Bengal) Engineers, one of the armies of the EIC. He did finish up in the British Army's Royal Engineers - probably in 1862 when the RE absorbed the Royal (Bengal) Engineers. Edit - the EIC officers don't always appear in the Army Lists but I've no idea when they start to appear.

Also, I have never been clear on how the officers of the militia relate to the Army List sources, which, to start with, cover only the Regular Army, not the militia.

My advice, given those blanks in the Army Lists, would be to tackle the London Gazette - use the Search the Archives facility on https://www.thegazette.co.uk/ but, as it's such a common name, you'll need to add a date range in, which you can only do after you've got your first lot of results.

Although the other thing to ask is - what's your source for Major George Henderson of the Royal Engineers, because that in itself must give us a clue about when and where?
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Re: Major George Henderson

Postby ianbee » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:03 pm

Couple of announcements in issues of The Edinburgh Magazine (1 Sep 1817, 1 June 1819)
(21 August 1817) At Quebec, the lady of Major George Henderson, royal engineers, a son.

March 10, 1819. At Montreal, Lower Canada, the lady of Major George Henderson, royal engineers, a son.

Also, a Major George Henderson of Conglass was present at some big do in Aberdeen at the end of 1820 (Aberdeen Press and Journal)

Seems rather young?
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Re: Major George Henderson

Postby AdrianB38 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:03 pm

That's what I thought, Ian. I did find a reference on
https://goo.gl/ecAsfH
This appears to be an 1824 List of Royal Engineers. He's the only GH in the RE in that 1824 List, surely making him a good match to what you found. Not certain because things could have been different earlier. But likely, I suspect.

The 1824 chap was promoted to Major in Sept 1813 and to Captain on 2 December 1809. If the original poster's GH was born 1796, I suspect that he was not promoted to Captain at the age of 13.... (NB - please don't ask me what the second column of ranks mean - I suspect they are ranks "in the Army", which are different from ranks in the Regiment. But I can't get my head round them...)
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Re: Major George Henderson

Postby AdrianB38 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:18 pm

Distinctly possible that this chap
https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/George_Henderson_(1783-1855)
is the one that Ian found - he was born Aberdeenshire but in 1783.
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Re: Major George Henderson

Postby MaureenE » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:55 pm

For sources of early Army Lists, see the FIBIS Fibiwiki page Military periodicals online, section New Annual Army List
https://wiki.fibis.org/w/Military_perio ... _Army_List

Copied from that page. Note, direct links mentioned in the following can be accessed from the Fibiwiki page.
"Hathi Trust Digital Library has the following editions of A List of the Officers of the Army and of the Corps of Royal Marines 1794-1804 and 1782 and 1811- 1856 (broken range). All these editions have the advantage that the pages can be rotated. Also search in Google Books for other editions of A List of the Officers of the Army and of the Corps of Royal Marines 1778-1855 (incomplete series) and New Army List 1840-1869 (incomplete series). For the latter series, some additional volumes may be found if they are searched for individually.
Annual Army Lists from 1754 to 1879 are available to download (free of cost) as pdf files from the The National Archives Documents Online: Digital Microfilm, under WO 65 records. For more details see TNA Discovery catalogue record for WO 65."

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Re: Major George Henderson

Postby c.thorman » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:23 pm

thanks for all your help
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