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Re: Recruitment pre WW1 ?
« Reply #27 on: Thursday 11 June 20 21:27 BST (UK) »
I think it is the "Plus" subs, but I can't see how much it is, because I am already a member.  Fold3 will give you a 7 day free trial which would let you see UK army records, I think

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Re: Recruitment pre WW1 ?
« Reply #28 on: Thursday 11 June 20 23:17 BST (UK) »
So what are the series of events connecting Arthur with Kent please?

He joins the army at 16, leaves the army, travels down to Kent -why?- works in an asylum, meets his first wife there, gets married in 1893, is called up as a reservist during the 2nd Boer War, then returns home - to Kent.

At some point his first wife dies? He then remarries - Louisa Mary Innell, born Hampstead, North London - she worked in service, in West Sussex - & they set up home at Bromley-Beckenham Kent.

There still seem to be many missing parts to the story, such as, the meeting up of Arthur with Louisa, his second wife. She has absolutely no association with Kent as far as I am aware. Did Arthur and Louisa meet up in London?

Louisa was 'in the family way' in West Sussex & had to return to her parents' home in Hampstead - this may have coincided with Arthur visiting his parents in Kentish Town?

These events may also explain the absence of Arthur's army things at Bromley, they would have reminded his second wife of his first marriage era?

Many questions - but some mysteries now accounted for!

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Re: Recruitment pre WW1 ?
« Reply #29 on: Thursday 11 June 20 23:27 BST (UK) »
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travels down to Kent -why?- works in an asylum,

The asylum was in Surrey.

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At some point his first wife dies?

I am wondering how much research you have done. Margaret Quick Kemp died in Q4 1901 per the GRO index.
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Re: Recruitment pre WW1 ?
« Reply #30 on: Friday 12 June 20 00:02 BST (UK) »
travels down to Kent -why?- works in an asylum,

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The asylum was in Surrey.

Thank you - good - so whence the connection between North London's Arthur & Surrey's Reigate I wonder? I was perfectly correct about Arthur's regiment as well, otherwise known as the City of London Regiment.

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At some point his first wife dies?

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I am wondering how much research you have done. Margaret Quick Kemp died in Q4 1901 per the GRO index.

I have done a good deal, however, I only discovered Margaret's full name 2 days ago; some people have her on their trees as 'Margaret Quick'.
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Re: Recruitment pre WW1 ?
« Reply #31 on: Friday 12 June 20 00:06 BST (UK) »
FindMyPast "plus" is 35-99 for three months.
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Re: Recruitment pre WW1 ?
« Reply #32 on: Friday 12 June 20 00:20 BST (UK) »

The asylum was in Surrey.

The distance from Reigate Surrey to Kent is approximately 12 Miles / 19 Km.
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« Reply #33 on: Friday 12 June 20 00:21 BST (UK) »
FindMyPast "plus" is 35-99 for three months.
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Thank you, I have now accessed the record.
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Re: Recruitment pre WW1 ?
« Reply #34 on: Friday 12 June 20 07:57 BST (UK) »
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I was perfectly correct about Arthur's regiment as well, otherwise known as the City of London Regiment.

So he wasn't in a Kent Regiment after all

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the family lore was that Arthur was in the West or East Kent regiment.

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Re: Recruitment pre WW1 ?
« Reply #35 on: Friday 12 June 20 15:04 BST (UK) »
Which confirms what I was questioning in this post.

To recap - I am trying to discover my grandfather's connection with Kent, where he lived with his second wife and family. It now appears that his early connection with the SE was Reigate, some 12 miles from Kent, where he met his first wife.

As Arthur's parental home was in north London, I'd like to discover what he was doing in Reigate - I believe there were asylums to work in, much closer to north London than Reigate.

Is it possible that Arthur's reserve corps had barracks in Kent or the Reigate area for example? Reigate Fort appears to have been in use until 1906 I notice.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/reigate-hill-and-gatton-park/features/-history-of-reigate-fort-at-reigate-hill-and-gatton-park

From what I know about Arthur he was a carpet layer and probably a carpenter as well, his appointment to an asylum is also something I would like to understand.

I am also wondering if Arthur had extended family in the Reigate area or in nearby Kent, which might explain his presence there? Extended family I know nothing of.
Lee, Fountain, Stevens, Kemp