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Armed Forces / 20th Regiment of Foot
« on: Sunday 30 October 05 14:27 GMT (UK)  »
I have just found out my g grandfather was in the 1st battalion, 20th Regiment of Foot from 1858 to 1877

I have his service record from Kew, but what I'm now hoping to discover is where the regiment was, and what  it was doing during those years

I know it has long since amalgamated,  in 1881, to the Lancashire Fusiliers, and from Kew I know it was in India and Bermuda at some times between 1858 and 1877.

Any one know of any hsistory where I may find this out, battles etc, or even just sitting in barracks would do

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Armed Forces / Re: advice on tracing military ancestors with very little info
« on: Sunday 30 October 05 14:12 GMT (UK)  »
Here's the link to WO97 [sorry it's long]

http://www.catalogue.nationalarchives.gov.uk/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATLN=3&CATID=13157&SearchInit=4&CATREF=WO+97

Just a snippet

"This is the main series of service documents of soldiers (but not officers) who either became in- or out-pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The attestation and discharge documents in this series constitute the most detailed record of a soldier's service. The early part of the series also occasionally contains records of men who bought themselves out of their regiment or who applied unsuccessfully for a pension."

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Armed Forces / Re: advice on tracing military ancestors with very little info
« on: Sunday 30 October 05 14:04 GMT (UK)  »
You have same problem as I had, and I just solved mine on Thursday at Kew after many years

They have Army discharge papers, not by regiment but alphabetically. The actual documents, no index, all filed in boxes

They are for those who left with a pension, like mine and yours

Look under WO97.

Mine left in 1877, yours by the sound of it may still be under wraps, but have alook on the PRO site

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