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Oooh!  I love Time Team, Regorian - thank you so much for reminding me - though I must admit I have no remembrance of seeing the Episode on the POW dig... I shall immediately view it.

I agree, ShaunJ - the word Victualler does usually mean Innkeeper - but in this case it more probably means "supplying food, beverages and other provisions for the crew of a vessel at sea."

That definition would fit in to Victualling the Norman Cross POW Depot as it was being run under the auspices of The Royal Navy Transport Board .

Thanks, MaxD - just trolling through the lists right now.... hopefully, something will jump out at me!

Found the link a different way:

Obviously a change to the URL due to the RootsWeb outage in 2017...

Thank you, solidrock.

Sadly the link didn't complete ("Error retrieving message"). Is the URL complete?

Armed Forces Resources / Norman Cross POW Depot, Yaxley, Huntingdonshire 1796-1815
« on: Sunday 28 October 18 01:37 GMT (UK)  »
Has anyone found any information regarding the Norman Cross POW Depot, near Yaxley, Huntingdonshire during 1796-1815?

I have found:

but little else (as yet) on the Internet.

Norman Cross was built in late 1796 and was managed by the "Royal Navy Transport Board".

I am specifically trying to determine a possible "VICTUALLER" to the Depot and I am starting to think that this research will come to nought.

My ancestor was John TOWNSEND, thought to have been connected with the Royal Navy and was reported in Census and other sources as a Victualler. He married in Yaxley in 1804.

I've just discovered that it is possible that one of my ancestors:
 1. Could have been in the British Army and
 2. Could have been stationed in Huntingdonshire in/around Yaxley during the period 1800-1810

Is there any way to determine which Regiments were located in that area during that period of time?

Living in Australia, it is a bit hard to pop into Kew to browse the WOs!!!!


Armed Forces / Re: At what age did the British Army accept enlistees in 1800-1840?
« on: Saturday 09 September 17 01:05 BST (UK)  »
Thank you, KGarrad - obviously my searches on the topic did not pull this information up!

To summarize:

"The 'official' age to join the army was 18..."

"The age of 19 was often given by underage lads wanting to join up rather than 18 which aroused suspicion and could lead to further checks being made, a simple ruse, but it worked!"

"many army orphans were enrolled into the regt as drummer boys as young as 13, they were the orphans of soldiers who died with the regt and the regt became their guardians, he can enlist at 16, but he needed permission from his parents, if he was an orphan the colonel of the regt he was joining would decide whether they would take him or not, you could not serve overseas on active service till you were 19, unofficially there was no age limit, it was down to the discretion of the colonel of the regt, in the time period you are talking about..."

"I believe the ratio was one 'boy' per company..."

Thank you to M.T.H, manmack, and harribobs for their responses back in 2006.

Megan in Sydney

Australia / Re: COMBER or COOMBER - Edward in Australia
« on: Friday 08 September 17 07:44 BST (UK)  »

General Regulations and Orders for the Army 1811


Thanks so much for this book, Gerry - I've had a cursory glance through it and have not seen any detail on any age restriction or limitation. I'll have a better read of it tonight. It looks quite useful and will probably explain the way the Muster Books are laid out!!!

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