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Armed Forces / Re: Coastguards
« on: Yesterday at 22:43 »
   Thank you for all the information you have given me!

Armed Forces / Re: Coastguards
« on: Yesterday at 22:21 »
  I wonder if they were ever called on for service? William had his wife and children living in Hull for the six years he was there.
   Can you tell me a bit more about the establishment books please?

Armed Forces / Re: Coastguards
« on: Yesterday at 21:45 »
  Thank you, the link you give looks useful. I did find one article, which also mentioned the "reserve force for the R.N.", but I don't really know what that means.
  John Pay was in the Baltic Fleet, before becoming a coastguard, but it seems to be still part of his naval service.
   You say he was removed to Kingsdown - is this just a new posting or was there some other reason?
   This feels like a different type of coastguarding from William Pay's service round the Humber.

Armed Forces / Re: Coastguards
« on: Yesterday at 18:24 »
  Thanks, I knew about them being posted away from their home patch (and their old pals!). It is the Royal Navy connection I am unsure of.
   I had a look at the coastguard list, which includes John Pay. I panicked a bit when I saw the census entry for him, with the "wrong" birthplace, but I have checked back and am now pretty sure I have the right man.

Armed Forces / Coastguards
« on: Yesterday at 16:26 »
   I have three men in my extended family tree who were in various versions of the coastguard. The first, born in Dover and posted to Norfolk, was listed in his children's baptisms (1823 - 1834) as Preventive Service. At that date, I imagine the problem was still smuggling? (James Sneller)

   John Pay joined the R.N. in 1842, but in 1856 joined the Coastguard, which seems to have been part of his R.N. service. He was posted for several years to Northumberland, Craster area.

   William Pay, R.N.1853-74. Between 1863 and 1869 he was on Coastguard service on the Humber with Cornwallis and Dauntless.

   I am puzzled as to what the Royal Navy Coastguard was doing around the North East coast at that time?


Kent Lookup Requests / Re: Half Way Cemetery Help please
« on: Monday 16 May 22 11:27 BST (UK)  »
  Welcome to RootsChat, Jamie. This is not something I can help with, but there are others who know more about these things. Can I just clarify that you are looking at a cemetery on the Isle of Sheppey?

The Lighter Side / Re: Mass Observation Day 2022
« on: Sunday 15 May 22 21:39 BST (UK)  »
  Viktoria - I have a similar problem with a sink too far from the boiler - in Summer I catch the spare water for the garden! I have wondered about a small water heater, but I think the electricity might be a problem. (But then I always see the problems. ::))

   I have just sent my diary in, and reading through the previous ones I have discovered that I always seem to plant out my tomatoes in the green house near this date, and also that there has been at least one other year when I am still hanging on to my winter duvet in mid-May.

The Lighter Side / Re: Mass Observation Day 2022
« on: Friday 13 May 22 12:01 BST (UK)  »
  I made some notes last night ready to write it up. At least I have a W.I. meeting to include this year.

The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA New Series
« on: Wednesday 11 May 22 20:45 BST (UK)  »
  It seems no time at all since the last series. I recognise most of them!

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