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Elly

Look up a TNA please - will pay a reasonable fee.

 

Thomas DUGGLEBY shown as a private aged 21 in 1881 census at Maidstone Barracks.
He is listed as born Brenchley, Kent but he was in fact born in Hunmanby, Yorkshire. He was also registered and baptised as John Thomas Duggleby.

 

[PRO Search for a birth certificate for Thomas Duggleby born Brenchley in 1859 - 1861 could not find anything!!!]

 

Despite an extensive worldwide search no records after this census for John Thomas have been found.

 I have been advised to check these records listed below however I am pensioner in ill helath living in Newcastle so cannot get to TNA

WO 25/3394 Index to Casualty Returns: 50 Foot; circa 1850-1910
WO 25/3445 Index to Casualty Returns: 97 Foot; circa 1850-1910

Muster Books and Pay lists for the Depot only exist from 1882 to 1884 so may not include Thomas as basic training would normally only last a month or two. For the Regiments/battalions Musters of interest only exist up to 1888; all are in document series WO 16 War Office: Muster Books and Pay Lists, sub-series Infantry; sub-series 50th Foot, 97th Foot and Royal West Kent Regiment; again none are online.

WO 16/1810 Depot (West Kent) 1882-1884

WO 16/1802 50th Foot 01 January 1880 - 31 December 1882

WO 16/2054 97th Foot 01 January 1880 - 31 December 1882
WO 16/2055 97th Foot 01 January 1880 - 31 December 1882

Other than perhaps one those should labelled “Detachment”, I’ve no idea why the dates are duplicated.

Unless he was found not likely to become an efficient soldier or left the depot for some other reason, then he should appear in one of the above after April 1881. From then it’s a case of following the trail on through the dates.

WO 16/1803 1st Battalion West Kent Regiment, 01 January 1882 - 31 December 1884
WO 16/1804 1st Battalion West Kent Regiment Detachment, 01 January 1883 - 31 December 1884
WO 16/1805 1st Battalion West Kent Regiment, 01 January 1884 - 31 December 1886
WO 16/1806 1st Battalion West Kent Regiment, 01 January 1886 - 31 December 1888

WO 16/1807 2nd Battalion West Kent Regiment, 01 January 1882 - 31 December 1884
WO 16/1808 2nd Battalion West Kent Regiment, 01 January 1884 - 31 December 1886
WO 16/1809 2nd Battalion West Kent Regiment, 01 January 1886 - 31 December 1888

I can provide much more details re John Thomas before 1881  and his family both before and after 1881.

 

thank you

 

Elly

 

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DavidOwen

Welcome to the forum Elly

Sadly as this is outside our time span I have to lock it

 

You may have more success on this forum http://victorianwars.com

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