2x Great grandfather's service records.

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by The Viking, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. The Viking

    The Viking Member

    OK so here I have my 2x great grandfather's service records it isn't ww2 related so please forgive me if not allowed but you guys are experts and il like you lot take a look see what you can tell me. I am unfotunily a little deslexic and find it really hard to read the writing as well.

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  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    It’s the 4 page Discharge forms completed for a then 41 year old Pte 144 John Conway a shoemaker of Tullamore, Kings County, Ireland who enlisted in the 62nd Regiment of Foot in 1860 at Birr, Kings County, Ireland (now County Offaly) and served for 21 years of which 6 years was in British North America (Canada) and 11 years in the East Indies.

    He intended to return to Tullamore on his discharge which occurred in early June 1880 at Netley, Hampshire (likely at the Military Hospital there after he had a medical after his voyage from Aden) shortly after he landed from his troopship at Southampton.

    62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot - Wikipedia

    From the above Wikipedia entry - “The regiment returned to Canada in 1857 and remained there until 1864 when it came home.[16] A year later, the regiment returned to Ireland and engaged the Fenians in an action at Kilmallock while defending some police barracks in March 1867. Two years later, the regiment returned to India and traveled through the Punjab in July 1879.[26] The regiment then transferred to Aden in 1880.[16]

    As part of the Cardwell Reforms of the 1870s, where single-battalion regiments were linked together to share a single depot and recruiting district in the United Kingdom, the 62nd was linked with the 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot, and assigned to district no. 38 at Le Marchant Barracks in Devizes.[27] On 1 July 1881 the Childers Reforms came into effect and the regiment amalgamated with the 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot to form the Wiltshire Regiment.[2]

    His Military Character was assessed as “ very bad” on Page 1 with P2 & 3 (duplicates) recording his various brushes with Military law. It also states on P1 that he is listed in the Regimental Defaulters book 85 times and was tried by Court Martial 7 times. The marginal note states he is given to drunkenness and absence but is otherwise a clean soldier and respectable to his officers - some might say a typical mid Victorian era soldier.

    Thanks for posting the images.

    Steve (Tullybrone - as in Tullybrone, County Armagh :salut:)
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2019
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  3. The Viking

    The Viking Member

    thanks Tullabrone i appreciate you taking the time. 85 time hey ? so the defaulters book would there be copy's ? i cant say iv have come across any on the popular sites. iv also managed to come across just a transcriptions of the British Army, Worldwide Index 1871 National Archives reference WO 12/7227 and WO12 / 7217 again when searching it brings nothing up does this mean anything to you ?
  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    I’ve no idea whether the defaulters books exist but I suspect not.

    You’d have to look on the National Archives Discovery system for further information re the reference numbers.

    I would’ve thought that this record would be part of the Chelsea Hospital pre 1913 discharge papers on Findmypast?


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