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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Expecting a visit from who...
« on: Sunday 16 January 22 09:13 GMT (UK)  »
Good morning Everyone...

Please may I ask who will be visiting ?  The letter was written in 1835.

Thanks in advance..., Iain. 

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / WW2 letter writing :
« on: Friday 10 December 21 10:45 GMT (UK)  »
Good morning everyone.

No help needed here.  I've just posted this for your interest. 
This is a letter written by a USA soldier during WW2.  Paper economy..., lol.   ;)

..., Iain. 

Armed Forces / Old 1840 Army photos :
« on: Wednesday 10 November 21 13:58 GMT (UK)  »
Here's a few names and regiments that some might find interesting to browse.

Armed Forces / Waterloo Drum Major
« on: Tuesday 19 October 21 11:53 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon Everyone…

I was about to ask Martin Aaron (below) for a Waterloo ‘look-up,’ but he seems to be inundated with requests.
Can someone please provide me with the name of the Drum Major of the 2nd Battalion 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards at Waterloo.  I’ve been sifting through files at a rate on knots without any success.  My closest name came from the annexed portion of the Battalion’s HQ Company roll call. 

I’m nearly certain that Sgt. Ralph Fraser was in that Company. (third from the top)  The CSM must be the first.  But the second is hazy…, could it be 'Battalion Drill Sergeant'? 
Is it possible that he was with another Company ?  The Drum Major would have controlled the distribution of all the Drummers (Buglers) to the 10 Companies.
Is it possible that there’s another archive document to research, like Martin’s list of 28.000 men ?

I was about to write to RHQ, but I already have an on-going question with no reply.  The Archivist is obviously under the weather with work. 

Thanks in advance…, Iain. 

Surrey Lookup Requests / Looking for info – Lucien Engels - Wandsworth.
« on: Tuesday 05 October 21 15:13 BST (UK)  »
Good afternoon everyone…

I belong to a genealogy club in March-en-Famenne, Belgium, (French speaking south) and one of the members put out a request for a certain Lucien L. Engles.  Lucien married Wilhelmina B. Richel in ‘Oct-Nov-Dec’ 1916, Registration District Wandsworth. (Vol. N°1d, Page Number 1316) 

I don’t have a birth date or place for either of them, so I was unsuccessful with census and baptisms on Ancestry.  I was also absent for this meeting, so I was unable to get any hint concerning nationality.  The names do tend to relate to our side of the Channel.   

Can anyone help this person ?  Any information would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

…, Iain.

PS  I'm having computer problems.  But I will reply asp.     

The Common Room / Royal Navy Disclosure Cell :
« on: Tuesday 21 September 21 14:41 BST (UK)  »
Hi All…

Early last year I wrote to Portsmouth to try to obtain my father’s service records.  Being his immediate next-of-kin, I thought it would be free.  However, they returned my envelope saying that I hadn’t added a check for £30.  So be it.
I then emailed them saying that Belgium had abandoned checks years ago and asked for an account number and they’d have the money in the hour. 
'Get a copy of military service records: Apply for the records of someone who's deceased - GOV.UK' (
A lady then replied saying that their account number was private and I would have to use Western Union. (independent of the fact that WU is insecure and open to fraud; since Brexit, the Belgian Post Office no longer uses it) 
However, if I could wait until the end of the year, (Dec 2020) the bureau would have a system in place for international payments.

With a covid-troublesome year, I didn’t want to bother them, so I waited and wrote another email last month asking for the details.  No reply.

Can someone tell me what’s happening ? 
Thanks…, Iain. 

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Drum Major :
« on: Tuesday 20 July 21 17:40 BST (UK)  »
Evening All…

I’m trying to find the name of the Drum Major of my 2nd Battalion Scots Guards at Waterloo. (3rd Regiment of Foot Guards)
‘Normally,’ he should have been attached to HQ-Company while dealing with the distribution of the Drummers/Buglers throughout the Battalion, depending on the wounded, prisoners and the deaths. (communications)  There’s another extremely interesting reason for my research, but I’ll explain that later. 

If, the D/M was with HQ, I have annexed a part of the ‘Returns,’ (for pay purposes) with the Company under the command of Lt. Col. Keates.  In his Company, we can see the Sergeant Major on the first line. 
However, the second line concerning William Thompson’s rank, is starting to give me a headache.
Can anyone confirm that the ‘squiggles’ represent the rank of Drum Major ? 

Thanks in advance…, Iain. 

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / George Tayton :
« on: Sunday 16 May 21 17:37 BST (UK)  »
Hi All...

Can someone tell me what the second line is ?
Thanks..., Iain.

The Common Room / Stopping the pendulums :
« on: Wednesday 05 May 21 17:29 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone confirm that in by-gone days, when someone died, the family stop the clocks ?
Apparently, this was done when Napoleon died...

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