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Help with this census entry please
« on: Thursday 05 October 17 20:37 BST (UK) »
  What is the occupation in the middle two entries - presume it is something military? I have included a bit extra in case it helps.
Pay, Kent
Codham/Coltham, Kent
Kent, Felton, Essex
Staples, Wiltshire

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« Reply #1 on: Thursday 05 October 17 21:22 BST (UK) »
Looks like "In Defence Corps" to me

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« Reply #2 on: Thursday 05 October 17 22:55 BST (UK) »
Agree with Corps but the first letter doesn't match the other Ds. The first letter of the third occupation looks the same as Lethum on the las line.
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« Reply #3 on: Thursday 05 October 17 23:08 BST (UK) »
I think that letter is a P as in Portsmouth.  M Police Corps?  Looks more like M Pelvice Corps, but that doesn't make much sense to me!


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« Reply #4 on: Thursday 05 October 17 23:22 BST (UK) »
  I thought the first letter was P, but I can't make police of the rest, though it would make some sense.
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« Reply #5 on: Friday 06 October 17 00:50 BST (UK) »
Is there two M's prior to "police" in that column, or is the first a stray M from the preceding column for married/male?

If both M's are in the column, I'm thinking it's M M police corps, as in Mounted Military Police Corps.  Notice the small L in "Dealer" and "Appledore".   They are quite different, but one matches the top "police", and the other matches the lower "police".

I can't make out what is following the top one (perhaps some abbrev. for Middlesex?), but the lower one looks like "Hants".


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« Reply #6 on: Friday 06 October 17 11:45 BST (UK) »
To give some sort of context, they were Boarders in Barham, Kent.

One of them was James TAYLOR 27
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« Reply #7 on: Friday 06 October 17 12:39 BST (UK) »
   They were staying at one of the pubs in the village. If they were with a mounted police corps, which looks the most likely, I wonder what they were doing there? I suppose there would have been a stable at the pub. The nearby Barham Downs were often used for military musters and training, (from time immemorial!)
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« Reply #8 on: Friday 06 October 17 13:57 BST (UK) »
The  Military Mounted Police (MMP) was apparently formed in 1877.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Military_Police
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