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The Army Children Archive (TACA)

Postby Tommy D » Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:00 pm

If the British Army features in your ancestry, you’ll find The Army Children Archive (TACA) ([url]http://www.archhistory.co.uk[/url]) an interesting and useful resource.

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RE: The Army Children Archive (TACA)

Postby ksouthall » Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:10 am

Hello Tommy,
I found your post interesting as I have an ancestor who served in the 14th Regiment of Foot between 1813 and 1834. I have been unable to trace who he married and wondered if you may be able to help me with a quick question.
He served in India between 28th July 1816 and 27th December 1830.
He had an army medical in Athlone, Southern Ireland, on 7th November 1833.
The medical board discharged him in Dublin on 26th December 1833.
His final discharge was at Chatham on 8th January 1834.
He had a son, John William, who was baptised in Chatham in 1836.
My problem is that I do not know when or where he was married. I know his wife was called Eliza and she was born in Maidstone in about 1811.
I have found a possible marriage for him to an Eliza Wileton at Andover in Jul 1832 which I have not yet followed up. I am guessing that perhaps Eliza was an army child.
My question is, do you think it is possible that William Crawley was stationed at Andover in 1832, between his service in India and Ireland, and that he married there?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Katherine
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RE: The Army Children Archive (TACA)

Postby Tommy D » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:40 am

Hello Katherine
I’m sorry that it’s taken so long to get back to you.

Firstly, in case he got married in India, I’d recommend searching for William Crawley on the Families in British India website ([link]http://www.fibis.org/[/link]) and the British Library India Office Family History Search website ([link]http://indiafamily.bl.uk/UI/[/link]) as it may be that you find a relevant marriage or birth there. You could also try [link]http://familysearch.org[/link].

I believe that the 14th Regiment of Foot eventually became the Yorkshire Regiment (see [link]http://www2.army.mod.uk/yorkshire_regiment/regiment/history/antecedent_colours/antecedent_titles.htm#Title[/link]), and that website also has a page regarding historical enquiries ([link]http://www2.army.mod.uk/yorkshire_regiment/regiment/history/historical_enquiries.htm[/link]). Following on from that, you could contact the Yorkshire Regiment’s regimental archives to discover whether William Crawley might have been stationed in Andover. Certainly, Hampshire has long-standing military ties.

I hope that this is of some help. Good luck with your research!

Tommy

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RE: The Army Children Archive (TACA)

Postby ksouthall » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:46 am

Hello Tommy,
Thanks for your help and quick reply. (I only posted my original message on Monday as I am only just getting the hang of this forum).
I have checked the British Library India Office Family History Search website. I found it very interesting but unfortunately, could not find my William Crawley on there.
I will contact Hampshire Record Office and find out how much a copy of the 1832 Marriage in the Andover Parish Records would cost. If it's not too expensive, I will order it and hopefully it will state William Crawley's occupation.
If it is not the right marriage, I will contact the Yorkshire Regiment’s regimental archives and see if they can help.
I was hoping to find out who he married in his service record but unfortunately, his wife is not mentioned.
I guess he may not have got married at all, in which case I may never be able to find out her maiden name.
Thanks again for all your help.
Katherine
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RE: The Army Children Archive (TACA)

Postby Tommy D » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:43 am

It's exactly 200 years since the retreat to Corunna, a dreadful episode during the Peninsular War/Napoleonic Wars in which many young children of serving British soldiers participated. If you think that someone in your family may have been one of them, you may be interested to read a relevant extract from Rifleman Harris' memoirs on The Army Children Archive (TACA) website: [link]http://www.archhistory.co.uk/taca/latest.html[/link] ('DEATH ON THE MARCH: FALLING BY THE WAYSIDE ON THE RETREAT TO CORUNNA, 1808–9').
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RE: The Army Children Archive (TACA)

Postby storyteller » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:13 am

[quote]ORIGINAL: Tommy D

It's exactly 200 years since the retreat to Corunna, a dreadful episode during the Peninsular War/Napoleonic Wars in which many young children of serving British soldiers participated. If you think that someone in your family may have been one of them, you may be interested to read a relevant extract from Rifleman Harris' memoirs on The Army Children Archive (TACA) website: [link=http://www.archhistory.co.uk/taca/latest.html]http://www.archhistory.co.uk/taca/latest.html[/link] ('DEATH ON THE MARCH: FALLING BY THE WAYSIDE ON THE RETREAT TO CORUNNA, 1808–9').
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Having just found one of my 6 x g. grandfathers served in the wars of Corunna, I wanted to say a huge thank you for this link. It has been fascinating and sad reading the memoirs of Riffleman Harris. Whilst I knew army wives and children joined their men at the wars' campsites, I hadn't thought of them marching behind the men and all that it intailed. An interesting insight in to their harsh world.
Researching :- Kelley, Greenwood, Buckley, Loring,

Gooch, Rogers, Nicklen, Clarke, Hull and more ,lol
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