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Great Grandfather served in India and maybe Boer War...help!!

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Hi

I know that my great grandfather served in the British Army either in India or the Boer War, or maybe both.

Any idea on where I can look for this information. I know his date of birth, county where he was from etc, but not what regiment or that.

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Hello Justine,

If it is the Boer War I can look it up with a bit more info.

I have two sites for India but it's a very hard place to research.

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What about these two:

Walter BEER and Walter George BEER ? ;)

William Thomas BROUGH ?

Several possible JEFFREYs and lots of possible CLARKs.
 
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Hi Dave

My g grandfather's name was William Clark and he was born in 1879 in
Clifton, Bedfordshire, UK.

I have couple of photos of him in his army uniform, so maybe if i could show you that it may help with what regiment etc.

Apart from that I don't have much information and as Clark is a pretty common name it could be hard to find.

I appreciate any help you can give me though.

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Hello Justine,

Did he have a middle name? Did he end up in Australia and if so do you know when? There are two separate databases, one for Australian and one called 'Soldiers of the Queen' for UK-based regiments which served in S Af.

As far as the photos go they can be posted in the Old Photos board.

There are two ways of putting them there. One way is to attach a file from your own computer. But to get better quality photos it's best to upload them to some site like Photobucket then paste the img link from the site where the photo is stored.

Others here can give you further tips in the Old Photos board.

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Hi Dave

Thanks for that. Will post the photo this week to the other board.

No, he didn't have a middle name according to his birth and death records.

And no he didn't emigrate to Australia either, he was born and died in England, so would have been the UK soldiers database i would think.

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Hello Justine,

Ok thanks. No middle name on the birth reg:

Births Mar 1879
Clark William Biggleswade 3b 394

Just had a look in the two databases. There are over 40 x William CLARK who served in the Boer War.

We will need all the info you have and hope his unit can be determined from the photos.

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Hi Dave

Thanks for that, but yeah I think I am just going to have to put the photos up and hopefully someone can tell by the uniform on his regiment and maybe i can find his service record that way.

I know everything else about him, just not his service record.......and because he has such a common name very very hard to find anything out on him.

Thanks again.

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Hello Justine,

Photos then regiment then service number, if we are lucky. ;)

Possibly medal card.

How do you know he served in India? Was he a regular soldier?

I take it you have him in the census.


I take it this is correct:

Father: John CLARK b: 1849 in Southill, Bedford, Bedfordshire
Mother: Edith ROSENDALE b: 1846 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire

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Hi Dave

Yes I have him in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 census. I haven't been able to access the 1911 one yet, but assume he will be in that as well.

Yes John Clark and Edith Rosendale are his parents.

I only know that he served in India and the Boer War as it is mentioned in his death notice which was in the local paper of the time.

And all the photos I have of him he is in uniform so not sure if he was a regular soldier or not.

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Hello Justine,

Was his spouse still alive in 1911? If so having her name and the names of any others who should be in the household will help find them.

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Hi Dave

Yes his wife was alive in 1911, she died in 1941.......do you have access to the 1911 census, as i only have access up until 1901, or is there somewhere when i can access them.

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Hello Justine,

We are not supposed to post the 1911 in open forum but several members here have access and could send you the details if they find the family via PM (Private message).

But we need more than William CLARK born 1879. Or maybe not. :)

The index is free to search:

http://www.1911census.co.uk/

HOUSEHOLD CLARK WILLIAM M 1880 31 Luton Bedfordshire

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Hi Dave

Thanks for that. One of the other members sent me the 1911 census through PM which is great.

I will post the photos on the other board and see what else I can come up with.

By the way do you know of any newspapers that you are access in the UK, similar to Trove in Australia??? Just of the old newspapers, as i find you can get a lot of information from them.

Thanks again.

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Hello Justine,

I have the NLA card which gives me access to the NLA eResources which include the 19th century Gale Collection of British newspapers.


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