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Very Confused Re: Greenwood Clark

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Going through some paper and noted that on my G.Grandfathers death certificate, it is listed Engine Tender in Worsted Mill formerly Stoker in Royal Navy. I checked the National Archives and it had service records for him dated 1903.

So I've purchased the records but am now confused. The date of birth given on records is 17th March 1886, his birth certificate is 17th August 1886. I have checked and checked the birth records and there was definitely only one Greenwood Clark born in Halifax,Yorkshire in 1886 and that was my G.Grandfather.

I don't know if abbreviated dates would have been used then. If so could 17/8/1886 been misread as 17/3/1886?

Also, the list of ships that he served on with the 'ceased' dates. Would the dates be the date that the ship ceased being in service?

Many thanks
 

oznannie

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Welcome aboard Lesley.
I'm sure you will get help from our great forum.
Free BMD have his birth in Halifax Sept qtr 1886.
There is a tree in Anc which has his birth cert also his death cert 1937.
No record of Army service.
Best wishes
Ozn :)
 
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Hi oznannie, thanks for the reply. The family tree on Ancestry is probably mine. I haven't put any of his Navy service history on there yet because of the confusion on the birth dates.

It's a shame that the copies of records I have download are damaged and so dark. There is a lot of information on there that I can't read properly.
 

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It's possible 17/8/1886 was misread as 17/3/1886 although it's unusual for the date to be in that format of either of those types of records.

The other explanation is that he over-stated his age for some reason. I know of several in my tree who wanted to serve and under- or over-stated their age by several years. I think it was fairly widespread.

Service records generally are difficult to read. They are not written with the thought that someone 100 years later would want to read them.

Dave
 

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