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Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« on: Wednesday 30 September 20 08:05 BST (UK) »
I'm trying to find a birth record for a C. Greely who was reportedly born at Manchester; he enlisted in the Royal Scots Fusiliers on 22nd June 1891, in Manchester. This information, and that spelling of his surname, comes from the Glasgow Herald, Friday 22nd December 1899, which was one of numerous newspapers around the UK that reported him as having been killed in action in South Africa, on 15th December 1899.

A marginal note in a National Archives record says that "3365 Pte. C.Greeley" of 2nd Rl.Scots.Fus." was "invalided."

The next record I have of him is a report in the Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 4th April 1900, which, in an article about the battle on 15/12/1899, said "Amongst those severely wounded was Private Greeley, of B Company, whose case is perhaps unparalleled in the history of the campaign. Private Greeley was shot in the head no fewer than four times, and all four bullets remained. He was afterwards removed to Maritzburg Hospital, where one of the bullets was extracted. The others, however, defied the skill of the surgeons, and the unfortunate man still retains the three lumps of lead in his cranium as a memento of the fight. One is not surprised to know that Private Greeley is almost unable to move, his left side being paralysed. He is expected home shortly, and it is understood his people reside at Birmingham."

The Southport Visiter, Tuesday 29th May 1900, then reported "No less than thirty convalescents back from the war have enjoyed the benefit of a stay in the Convalescent Home on the Promenade. [......] The case of Private Greeley, the Scotch Fusiliers man, is somewhat singular. He was shot in the head, and a portion of his brain has had to be removed. He is affected, consequent on his injury, with paralysis of the left side, which makes him drag his leg, but he manages to get about, and may often have been seen in our streets in his uniform of red tunic, tartan trousers, and Glengarry cap."

I can't find a birth record for a male Greely/Greeley/Grealy/Grealey/Grealley with the initial C., or a male C. Greely/ etc. in the 1881 UK census. It seems to be one of those 19th century surnames where the spelling varied, but to know his first name could be a big help in trying to find out what became of him after his convalescence. I'm not related, just really moved by what had happened to him. The poor man must have been through hell, and as a soldier deserves not to be forgotten.

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Re: Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 30 September 20 08:19 BST (UK) »
From FreeBMD:

December qtr 1872
Chorlton Registration District     vol 8c, page 784

Grealey, Charles
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 30 September 20 08:25 BST (UK) »
This looks like the one KG has found.
RG11/3975 Folio 80 Page   2

In 1901 he is with his mother and noted as Discharged from Army
RG13/Piece 3737 Folio 108 Page   23
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Re: Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 30 September 20 08:27 BST (UK) »
K. Garrad, thank you. I had an Edward Greeley, born Chorlton, 1872, down as a possibility if the initial C. was wrong.

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Re: Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 30 September 20 08:29 BST (UK) »
1881 - 13 Ashworth Street, Salford
John   Grealey   40   bn   Mayo, Ireland
Marcel           36   bn -   Mayo, Ireland
John Thos      10   bn Manchester
Charles      9   bn Manchester
Patrick      6   bn Manchester
Mary              4   bn Manchester
Annie      2   Born   Brockmoor, Staffordshire
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Re: Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 30 September 20 08:52 BST (UK) »
rosie99, thank you. A family that seems to have moved around a lot - Ireland, Chorlton, Brockmoor (Brierley Hill), Salford, Birmingham.

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Re: Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 30 September 20 09:03 BST (UK) »
I no longer have a sub for Ancestry, but I am able to do searches.

So a search on "Military" for surname "Greely" and "3365" as a keyword finds a couple of possibilities.
UK, Military Campaign Medals and Award Rolls (C. Greeley)
UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records (Charles Greeley)

I will be at my local library later, where I can see the images.
But you might be able to look yourself?
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 30 September 20 09:08 BST (UK) »
Thanks, I'll have to check and see what services my local library has available. Computer access might not be one of them.

I've found what appears to be his death - Charles Grealey, died in the first quarter of 1914, at Salford, aged 41.

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Re: Greely/Greeley, born at Manchester, c. 1870
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 30 September 20 11:01 BST (UK) »
Tried my local library this morning, but, unfortunately, couldn't get a connection with either Ancestry or findmypast. I'll try again later this week.