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George Brain, born 1840, Bletchingdon, Oxon.

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Hi

I found my 3xgreat grandmothers brother George Brain in Aldershot in Surrey in the 1861 census, a soldier born Bletchingdon, Oxon. The census says they were in the 25th regiment, Kings Own Borders.

I searched on FMP in the Advanced Search by regiment and no record seemed to appear of George. I cannot find him after the 1861 census at all although a George Brain death was registered in Greenwich district in the Sep quarter of 1862. Could he have died in the Army as a young man?

Ben
 
Will you be getting the death cert Ben. I bet that will give a heap of info, if he died in the Army. He died quite young, so it might be an accident of some sort.
I suppose you've got his baptism.;):)
 
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For the peeps there is a George in 1851 Bletchingdon aged 10 yrs with his father Thomas 35 sadly widowed labr with other children Barbara 11, Sarah 7, Maria 4 and a cousin who must be looking after the kiddies Martha housekeeper.
I hope this helps to find George later on.
1841
Thomas, Maria, Barbara and George.

Ozn
 
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Hi

I found my 3xgreat grandmothers brother George Brain in Aldershot in Surrey in the 1861 census, a soldier born Bletchingdon, Oxon. The census says they were in the 25th regiment, Kings Own Borders.

I searched on FMP in the Advanced Search by regiment and no record seemed to appear of George. I cannot find him after the 1861 census at all although a George Brain death was registered in Greenwich district in the Sep quarter of 1862. Could he have died in the Army as a young man?

Ben

A few epidemics around then ... cholera and typhoid to name but two. Interesting to know once you have the death certificate.
 
Not all the soldiers discharge papers on FMP are indexed by Regiment, so I'd just search the surname Brain - it should be simple to rule most of the G or George entries out. If he died in service though, it's unlikely a record will have been retained.
 
I shall get the death cert of that George Brain. He was born in late 1840 so would have been almost 22 when he died. I reckon he may be buried at St Mary Magdalene Woolwich but as yet the LMA still does not have those dates covered in their registers put online.
 
Update.

The 1862 death cert for George Brain is not my George. It was a 1 month old baby. At least I can have a new lead now. He may have died overseas or emigrated once he left the Army.

I found from someone else on another site that George joined the 2nd battalion of the 25th Scottish Borderers at Dover in February 1860 aged 18, a volunteer of the Oxford Militia.

I know the 25th sailed to Ceylon in 1863 then to India.
 
Always the chance he may have died elsewhere outside India or even emigrated when he left the Army. Muster rolls would probably be my next bet.
 
I think I may have found him. Buried May 8 1868 at Shahjahanpore in West Bengal, George Brain a Pte of the 25th Regiment, which was the Borderers.

I also found a George Brain marriage to a Robina Dudley 1860-1867 in Ceylon area. I wonder if anyone has any further info as in the GRO indexes a Robina Brain remarried in 1868.
 
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