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Army records circa 1870
« on: Friday 04 September 20 17:49 BST (UK) »
Trying to help someone with their family tree.

They only have a name, George Wright born c1835 who served with RGA in 1867 (details taken from a bapt in Woolwich).  Would his service record be at the National Archives?
Wright (West Ham, Stratford, Cripplegate)
Widenstrom (Chicago and Minnesota)
Swain (Cripplegate, St Lukes)
Wolfe (St Giles in the Fields)
Willis (Gt. Leighs; Brentford)
Bryant (Bristol, Glos)
Searle
Keyworth (Yorkshire)
Biggs (Middx)
Collins (Middx and Wiltshire)
Langston (Middx)

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Re: Army records circa 1870
« Reply #1 on: Friday 04 September 20 18:15 BST (UK) »
Alison -- there are old Military records on the Find My Past website (if you have access) as well as at National Archives - however it would be useful to know his approx year and place of birth to include in the search criteria. Maybe you have found him on later census records and know this information.

George Wright seems to be a fairly common name.
West Yorks; ---- Illingworth, Marshall, Muffit/Muffett/Murfitt, Barber, Sanderson, Townend, Barraclough, Lister -- and lots more. Locations mainly in Birstall parish - Hartshead-- Drighlington --Adwalton --Mirfield - Heckmondwike --Kippax - Sherburn in Elmet.

Ireland ------Cleary, Whelan - Nenagh.
Dowling - Monasterevin
Daly - Westmeath

Lancashire ---- Smith from Alston , Johnson and Fairclough---- Tarleton and loads more from Tarleton and Accrington areas.

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Re: Army records circa 1870
« Reply #2 on: Friday 04 September 20 18:19 BST (UK) »
Erm, the RGA wasn't formed until 1899.

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Re: Army records circa 1870
« Reply #3 on: Friday 04 September 20 18:25 BST (UK) »
There was a George Wright, b 1836 birth county, Surrey, served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery, service number 1864. Findmypast for details.

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Re: Army records circa 1870
« Reply #4 on: Friday 04 September 20 18:38 BST (UK) »
Oh that's a good find Kloumann.

I had been overfaced by all the George Wrights (not having noticed his approx year of birth on Alison's original message!)

Alison those papers will be interesting for your friend if it is the correct man. They show his service history. Other info in the papers says he was born Clapham and a Stonemason.
West Yorks; ---- Illingworth, Marshall, Muffit/Muffett/Murfitt, Barber, Sanderson, Townend, Barraclough, Lister -- and lots more. Locations mainly in Birstall parish - Hartshead-- Drighlington --Adwalton --Mirfield - Heckmondwike --Kippax - Sherburn in Elmet.

Ireland ------Cleary, Whelan - Nenagh.
Dowling - Monasterevin
Daly - Westmeath

Lancashire ---- Smith from Alston , Johnson and Fairclough---- Tarleton and loads more from Tarleton and Accrington areas.

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Re: Army records circa 1870
« Reply #5 on: Friday 04 September 20 18:56 BST (UK) »
Thanks everyone!

Unfortunately she doesn't know much at all.  We have only found him on 1 census and he says he was born in Suffolk c1835.

We don't have an occupation either - the baptisms we have found on Ancestry are transcriptions and not the actual image so she needs to get them from a record office to see if they contain more info.  One of the birth certs. from 1866 and in Woolwich says "Private Army Hospital Corps"; the one from 1867 says "Gunner Royal Artillery". 

Appreciate we have very little to go on.
Wright (West Ham, Stratford, Cripplegate)
Widenstrom (Chicago and Minnesota)
Swain (Cripplegate, St Lukes)
Wolfe (St Giles in the Fields)
Willis (Gt. Leighs; Brentford)
Bryant (Bristol, Glos)
Searle
Keyworth (Yorkshire)
Biggs (Middx)
Collins (Middx and Wiltshire)
Langston (Middx)

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Re: Army records circa 1870
« Reply #6 on: Friday 04 September 20 19:16 BST (UK) »
Are they the 2 christenings on 19th July 1867 in Woolwich at St Mary Magdalene?

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Re: Army records circa 1870
« Reply #7 on: Friday 04 September 20 19:56 BST (UK) »
i don't have the paperwork but yes sounds right to me.
Wright (West Ham, Stratford, Cripplegate)
Widenstrom (Chicago and Minnesota)
Swain (Cripplegate, St Lukes)
Wolfe (St Giles in the Fields)
Willis (Gt. Leighs; Brentford)
Bryant (Bristol, Glos)
Searle
Keyworth (Yorkshire)
Biggs (Middx)
Collins (Middx and Wiltshire)
Langston (Middx)

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Re: Army records circa 1870
« Reply #8 on: Friday 04 September 20 20:31 BST (UK) »
Original register may be seen on FindMyPast.
George & susannah louise as parents.

No addresses, hes a Gunner Depot Brigade RA
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