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I apologise if this is not appropriate to the forum but was hoping someone would point me in the right direction to archives/records.

I am researching a G/Grandfather who is shown in the census of 1871 as being a Private in " R M L I " which I presume were RN marines. The census also shows " Royalist, of Havana Cuba" - a vessel?

Can anyone help please.

Krs

Mike

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Horatio2 - many thanks for your quick reply which produced the following:-

Folios 311-313. Thomas Crouch, born Buckinghamshire.

Attestation papers to serve in the Royal Marines at Portsmouth 1863 (when aged 18).

Discharged 1871 as Dead.

Joined from Northamptonshire and Rutland Militia.

So I suppose that is the end of that line of enquiry into my family history!

Krs

Mike

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The census also shows " Royalist, of Havana Cuba" - a vessel?

Mike

Some details on HMS Royalist here:

http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/18-1900/R/04033.html

and here:

http://www.pdavis.nl/ShowShip.php?id=178

Dave

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Dave

Very interesting - so I presume at the time of the 1871 census (2nd April)she was moored in Havana Cuba? Although he appears to no longer be a relation it's still interesting - do you think he would have been "Discharged - dead" as a result of any action in 1871 or from disease?

Krs Mike

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Mike

Most likely to have died of Disease/illness or accident.

Dave

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Thomas Crouch’s service papers are available to view at the National Archives in ADM 157/493. They should give a list of ships he served on. He should also have an entry in the Divisional Description Books in ADM 158.

A search of their online catalogue for Royalist for the dates 1870-1 gives 5 hits for its commission between January 1868 and August 1871. ADM 53/9817-9 are the ship’s logs and ADM 38/8924 and ADM 115/843 are the ship’s muster and establishment books.

regards

Bootneck

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