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Phillip - Between 1899 and 1908 he was in the Royal West Kent Regiment, service number 5640. After that I don't know what regiment he was connected to.

MaxD - thanks for the info, I will look at records connected to Shoeburyness.

I found a baptism for a James McLean, close to Glasgow -    

James Mclean
Christening Date:  05 Jun 1796
Birth Date:    23 May 1796
Father's Name:   William Mclean

My great-grand father Alfred Sell joined the army in 1899 and fought in the Boar War and later served in China and Ceylon. I have found his attestation papers which shows his army career between 1899 and 1908 but I can't find any official records from after that.
He became a reserve in 1908 and in 1913 worked at the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich. This involved his family moving to Pumstead where they lived for 3 years but they moved back to Camden in London where they had previoulsy lived. My grandmother told me that he was required to work in Belgium after the war heping clean up the battle fields at Ypres and Poperinge, but inbetween she told me he was doing what she called secret reseasrch work in Foulness Island.
I had forgottent his until I recently traced my mothers family, some of whom by coincidence came from Foulness which reminded me of what she said.
There don't seem to be any books available on the history of Foulness and I have done a bit of research on line but can't find out much except that the area was used from 1917 onwards for military research puposes when the army built a new road for easy acccess to the island and later it was used in relation to nuclear weapon research. I was hoping to find out exatly what my great-grandfather may have done between 1917 and 1919. He was only a private in the army with no special skills although gained a few medals which sadly are now lost.
Does anyone one know anything about the early research carried out at Foulness and about its connection to Woolwich and what work my great-grandfather might have done there?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Inscription from Welsh bible
« on: Thursday 13 September 18 20:50 BST (UK)  »
That's great, many thanks

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Inscription from Welsh bible
« on: Thursday 13 September 18 16:27 BST (UK)  »
Thank you Pinot it's much appreciated. It's interesting that this wedding was the first held there in 1874, does anyone know anything about the history of the chapel?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Inscription from Welsh bible
« on: Monday 10 September 18 23:14 BST (UK)  »
Drosybont - the marriage notice in the newspaper is amazing, thank you. I have just translated it into English on Google. This is very special to me because David Jeremy is my step great-great-grandfather and I am named after him, or more specifically his grandson also David who died in WWI.

Greensleeves, it would be welcome if you, or someone else, could translater the bible page for me.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Occupation on Death Cert
« on: Monday 10 September 18 16:05 BST (UK)  »
Is that a backhanded compliment?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Inscription from Welsh bible
« on: Monday 10 September 18 16:01 BST (UK)  »
A relative recently gave me some old Victorian-era bibles belonging to our shared ancestors. As the couple who originally owned them came from Wales one if them in in the Welsh language as is the inscription on the first page. Can someone translate it for me.

I was aware of some of those details but not all, thank you. One thing about William was that he seemed to regularly move address, I don't know if that is because of his occupation? I was especially interested to find out more about his trade as a music printer and would love to see photographs of any of the Cowells if anyone has any.

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