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Are there service papers for 7427 Pte F.W.Thompson


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Hi members. I've been trying to determine whether there are any service papers for the following pre-war serviceman:

7427 Pte Frederick William Thompson. 2nd Border Regiment. Born 1885 in Penrith, Cumberland. Killed December 1914.

He was also a pre-WW1 serviceman, so I am hoping I can also find a copy of his papers for his previous service prior to him being killed in WW1

Any help would be very much appreciated. Many thanks, Andrew

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Whether he was a pre-War serviceman or not, his service record would be subject to the same devestation as the others, I assume you've checked Ancestry for them.

His number means an enlistment date of mid 1904, so unless he extended his service beyond the regulation 7 years with the Colours, he'd have been a "Mobilised Reservist" in 1914. Have you looked on the 1911 Census for him?

Sam

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Hi Sam, that's very interesting.

The 1911 census shows Frederick married to Sarah also from Penrith, but they are living in Keighley just 5 miles from Sutton-in-Craven. They've been married for 3 years and have 2 children aged 3 and 1 years, both born in Penrith.

Frederick's occupation in 1911 is listed as a foundry labourer, so clearly he had left the army by 1911.

Mike, I've checked FMP, but not Ancestry.

I think it's looking like the papers were destroyed which would be disappointing

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The 1911 census shows Frederick married to Sarah also from Penrith, but they are living in Keighley just 5 miles from Sutton-in-Craven. They've been married for 3 years and have 2 children aged 3 and 1 years, both born in Penrith.

Have you checked the Marriage, 3 and 1 year olds birth Certs to see what his occupation was? Should have been Soldier.

Sam

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No will listed that I can see....sorry. WFA pension records might help but an expensive option!

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