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Edward Albert McClure

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I am trying to trace a records for the parents of Edward Albert McClure. I have a date of birth of 25/4/1852, but can find no record of his birth. There is a suggestion that he spend his first 9 years in an London orphanage. I have details of his military career: Enlisted in the Ist Battalion Genadier Guards as a boy aged 91/2, service number 1290 31 Oct 1861. Promoted to Private 30 April 1867, and appointed Drummer on 7 Nov 1868. Discharged on medical grounds on 10 July 1872, suffering from Phthisis Pulmonalis (basically Tuberculosis of the lungs).

The Grenadier Guards suggest that his father was William McClure, who served 24 years in the army, discharged in 1852, and served in Canada between 1838 and 1842 in the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, this qualified his son for enlistment at the age of 9 years old. but I have no documentary proof. The records are missing on Findmypast.

Questions how do I find birth records for Edward Albert and orphanage records.
How do I find the necessary evidence about William McClure to confirm him as the father? Is this the same William McClure who was born in Manchester in 1809?
 

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