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George Brain, born 1840, Bletchingdon, Oxon.

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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?

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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.
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Thomas, Maria, Barbara and George.

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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.
 
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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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