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London and Middlesex / Re: The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Sunday 18 February 24 15:07 GMT (UK)  »
OMGoodness…  Thank you Monica. 
I’m sure you are totally unaware of what you’ve actually done…, and without exaggerating, I am certain that HRH The Duke of Kent will get to know. (he’s the Colonel of the Regiment)  Let me explain. 

Following the publication of my book, (perhaps in May) RHQ has promised to help a retired Scots Guards friend of mine who, as a hobby, cleans-up tombstones of fallen regimental comrades.   It is ‘programmed’ that he will preoccupy himself with the tombstone of the infamous Matthew Clay. 
This is premeditated because the BBC will surely be interested in the work, as it makes up part of my ambition to recover 49 Guards Brigade Waterloo Medals for the Guards Museum.  Of course, filming a clean tombstone will have a trickle-down effect in relation to public relations and recruitment.  But now…, there is more than one tombstone.  What an amazing discovery !  You are incredibly lucky to be within walking distance of the cemetery.     

At Hougoumont, (on Wellington’s forward right flank) Matthew Clay was in ‘my’ Light Company, (Left Flank) and Ralph had been one of the first to be transferred to reinforce the company.  In fact, Ralph made up part of the Colour Party…, and during the night prior to the battle, Brigade HQ had decided to transfer the whole battalion to the farm, because they knew that reinforcements would be impossible when squares were needed against Maréchal Ney’s Cavalry.  As a consequence, the Colours were abandoned, and the 3rd Company with the Colour Party including Ralph, was one of the first to be send down.  Ralph then found himself fighting alongside the young Matthew.  And he also provided a shoulder to hold back the second breach of the Northgate…, one of the most important events at Waterloo.   

Monica…, you have just added another page to my book, plus more hours of research to get my Fraser Ancestry tree up to scratch.  Lol…, and being a 76-year-old-thicky, that will take time. 

If you don’t mind, I would like to PM you because RootsChat didn’t reply to my message.  They are obviously very busy with so many members.     

Lol…, I’ll print out that tombstone and slip it under my pillow tonight.  ;D
Will need a few days to get my head around it all…, so no need to reply.  I’ll get back to you and this post next week. 

Have a nice week end.  Kind Regards…, Iain.   

London and Middlesex / Re: The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Tuesday 13 February 24 18:40 GMT (UK)  »
Monica…, good evening. 

Lol…, how do you do it ?  And where do you find all the time ?  32.375 posts is mind-boggling. 
Thank you.
In the meantime, I’m a bit of a thicky, and I’ll need some time to get my head around the info.  If you don’t mind, I’d like to get back to you during the weekend.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m now working on the Credits and Copyright pages.  As a matter of interest, I have been assisted by some of the world’s finest Waterloo experts, and ever since I discovered a scapegoat Courts-Martial in my Brigade, I have since had it on good authority that RHQ and the MOD will reinstate nearly 50 Waterloo Medals. 
However, I have for some time been saying to myself that RootsChat and my two genealogy clubs here in Belgium, have participated just as much as the historians.  Meaning that I intend to add a Credits page purely reserved for all you wonderful people.  Without you and all, my book would be worthless.

I intend writing to Admin this week..., probably tomorrow.
Thank you…, Iain.      ;)

London and Middlesex / Re: The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Monday 12 February 24 17:23 GMT (UK)  »
NO, NO.  That birth date must be Martha, otherwise Elizabeth 'Frazier' is older than her father.

Lol..., confused.  Could that be a prior marriage ? 

Ancestry is amazing...  No subscription for about a year.  Nonetheless,
it refused Elizabeth as being the daughter of Daniel.   

London and Middlesex / Re: The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Monday 12 February 24 17:07 GMT (UK)  »
Amazing…, thank you Monica, and Horslydown.
I didn’t have his father.  By the way, is the 28  Feb 1783 for Daniel or Martha ?  Father I suppose. 
Looking forward to getting back to genealogy.  Lots to do !

Have a nice evening…, Iain.   :)

London and Middlesex / Re: The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Sunday 11 February 24 17:32 GMT (UK)  »
That’s interesting…  I have George being her father, so a sibling with the same name seems logical.

It’s a pain in the neck not having direct access to Ancestry.
I gave up my subscription about a year ago, as I was spending too much time on Ancestry while neglecting my manuscript.  Curiously enough, they still give me access to all my trees and they even allow me to add and modify.  But research is not allowed…, and it was about that time I was researching Anne’s family.

Lol…, for Vol2, I need to subscribe again.    ;)

London and Middlesex / Re: The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Sunday 11 February 24 17:20 GMT (UK)  »
Wow...,  :)   Just read your other two posts.  Some of it I have, but I'll need to research the remainder. 

London and Middlesex / Re: The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Sunday 11 February 24 17:15 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Iain

Not to do with his wife, but have you got Ralph Fraser's burial details at the Brompton Cemetery?


His entry will give you links to his entry on the burial register (click on the 'i) and also a specific location button to his grave at the cemetery (thanks to google mapping services  ::)).

Fraser is one of those surnames where you need to try with an S or Z. This index entry is with an S.

Connected family member has left a note on his entry on

Monica  :)
Very interesting Monica…, thank you.
Yes, I have nearly all his details, principally because he was never out of the newspapers. (10 April 1862)   And as you say, that site is extremely interesting to use.
Lol…, this site too.  Much of what I already have on him is thanks to RootsChat…, including yourself a few years back.   ;)

My manuscript is now finished and I must now to ‘go back to school’ to learn Amazon. (‘free’ printing and marketing)
Keeping my fingers crossed for its publication before summer.

Thanks..., Iain.

PS  The newspaper cutting is from RHQ Wellington Barracks.

London and Middlesex / Re: The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Friday 09 February 24 17:12 GMT (UK)  »
Ciderdrinker…, that’s very interesting. 

As far as I can recall, I didn’t have that info before my subscription ran out.

Speculating, she could have been ill before he got the job at Westminster Abbey in 1841.  And having already lost his two children, he would obviously have been ‘down in the dumps.’
He was someone who liked a good drink and a brawl, according to his RHQ documents, meaning that on finding comfort via a bottle, the church could have given him some assistance. (during his service, he was the most decorated soldier in the British Army)   

Ciderdrinker…, thank you for your time.
…, Iain.   ;)

London and Middlesex / The death of a hero’s wife:
« on: Friday 09 February 24 13:49 GMT (UK)  »
Good afternoon everyone…
Please may I ask if anyone can provide me with an approximate date concerning the death of the wife of one of my regimental heroes.  I would just like to know if she died before or after 1841.   
I created an Ancestry tree for Anne, and this is her URL.  Anne Tayton - Facts (  Unfortunately, I was working on possible documents linked to her when my subscription ran out.  I still have access to the tree, but I’m not allowed to open the documents or do research.

For those who do not have Ancestry…  The story goes…
Ralph Fraser served in the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards, and I am trying to determine if he was suffering from Combat Stress, (PTSD) perhaps following the Battle of Waterloo.  He was demobbed in 1818. 
A possible marriage for Anne and Ralph is the 28 of April 1818.  Birth unknown, Anne Tayton had a possible father called George.  Two children called George Ralph Fraser and Ann Martha Fraser, unfortunately, both died before 1826.   Had Anne also died before 1841, then this war-veteran could have been in a terrible state.
On the 12th of January 1841, he was enrolled as one of Queen Victoria’s Almsmen, and this post could have been given to him by the Chaplin of the Royal Chelsea Hospital. 

Thanks in advance.
Regards…, Iain.

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