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officers of union defence force
« on: Friday 03 March 17 14:17 GMT (UK) »
I have a relative who served in the above around 1900 in south africa and into the BOAR War and was in the Reserve officers UDF in 1925.
His Name is William Theselden Blissett born Toxteth Liverpool  1870  and his rank was Major,are there any records for the UDF and can i obtain a service record ect.

Many thanks Fanjio

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Re: officers of union defence force
« Reply #1 on: Friday 03 March 17 14:53 GMT (UK) »
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BOAR War

Boer War !

Have you seen the various items in South African archives? Not exactly what you are looking for but it all looks as though it might be of interest.

http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300gi?2017030317214460674C6A%26DB%3DRSAE  (Search for Blissett)




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Re: officers of union defence force
« Reply #2 on: Friday 03 March 17 14:54 GMT (UK) »
There is an officers' record in the National Archives with the name William Theselton Blissett which surely is him http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C677317
It is not digitised and has to be copied.

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Re: officers of union defence force
« Reply #3 on: Friday 03 March 17 15:09 GMT (UK) »
Need to review dates.  The UDF was not instituted until 1912 so his unit in the Boer War must have been something else.  There is an attestation record for a Trooper William Theselton Blisset in the Eastern Province Horse  in 1900, age 29, mother address seems to be Jersey.  Is that him perhaps?.Would perhaps link with the info provided byShaunJ.

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Re: officers of union defence force
« Reply #4 on: Friday 03 March 17 15:10 GMT (UK) »
Theselton seems to be the usual spelling.

There's a Boer War medal roll listing for him with the Eastern Province Horse with a note that he was transferred to Nesbitt's Horse on commission.

There's WW1 medal index card for him as a Captain on the Special List, previously a Sergeant with Nesbitts Horse.
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« Reply #5 on: Friday 03 March 17 15:11 GMT (UK) »
Crossed in the post ShaunJ  :)

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Re: officers of union defence force
« Reply #6 on: Friday 03 March 17 15:37 GMT (UK) »

A relative perhaps?? Also serving in the Boer War

Blissett   J Theselton      Lieutenant   Commissioned from Sgt., 08/03/01
Source: Nominal roll in WO127   Nesbitt's Horse
Paylet, Pallatt, Morris (Russia, UK) Burke, Hillery, Page, Rumsey, Stevens, Tyne/Thynne(UK)  Landman, van Rooyen, Tyne, Stevens, Rumsey, Visagie, Nell (South Africa)

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Re: officers of union defence force
« Reply #7 on: Friday 03 March 17 15:44 GMT (UK) »
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Blissett   J Theselton      Lieutenant   Commissioned from Sgt., 08/03/01
Source: Nominal roll in WO127   Nesbitt's Horse

I think it's the same person. The Nesbitt's Horse medal roll shows that J T Blissett's medals were issued by Eastern Province Horse as W T. 
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« Reply #8 on: Friday 03 March 17 16:07 GMT (UK) »
Looking at the LG entries for William Theselton Blissett, late South African Defence Force.  He was on the Special List, employed in staff appointments, only one of which is identified when in 1920 he relinquishes the appointment of Assistant Military Landing Officer (responsible for liaising between the army and the navy getting men loaded onto ships at some port or another - perhaps the return of men from France).  Only his record will tell exactly what he was doing.

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