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Offline seasider53

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ID required to join army in 1884
« on: Monday 09 November 20 13:40 GMT (UK) »
Afternoon, would a young man joining the Royal Artillery in 1884 have to produce documents for ID purposes?

The reason I ask is my Great Grand Father joined up in 1884 under the surname of DONLAN however we now suspect this could be an alias or indeed false info.

Thankyou
Leach/Prigg - Cambridge
Draper/Munford - Norfolk
Nicholas/Donlan/Thurston/Leach - India
Harrison/Cunningham - Durham
Caine/Harrison - Ireland

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Re: ID required to join army in 1884
« Reply #1 on: Monday 09 November 20 13:46 GMT (UK) »
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Afternoon, would a young man joining the Royal Artillery in 1884 have to produce documents for ID purposes?

No. The army would record whatever name and age he gave at his attestation.
UK Census info. Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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Re: ID required to join army in 1884
« Reply #2 on: Monday 09 November 20 14:32 GMT (UK) »
Oh dear, as i feared!!

Thanks Shaun
Leach/Prigg - Cambridge
Draper/Munford - Norfolk
Nicholas/Donlan/Thurston/Leach - India
Harrison/Cunningham - Durham
Caine/Harrison - Ireland


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Re: ID required to join army in 1884
« Reply #3 on: Monday 09 November 20 14:57 GMT (UK) »
Innumerable 16 year olds joined the colours in the Great War.

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Re: ID required to join army in 1884
« Reply #4 on: Monday 09 November 20 15:15 GMT (UK) »
Hi Skoosh, he didn't join for the Great War.  He attested in 1884

No idea why he would use a different surname.!
Leach/Prigg - Cambridge
Draper/Munford - Norfolk
Nicholas/Donlan/Thurston/Leach - India
Harrison/Cunningham - Durham
Caine/Harrison - Ireland

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Re: ID required to join army in 1884
« Reply #5 on: Monday 09 November 20 15:45 GMT (UK) »
Who had a passport back then Seasider, let alone in the Great War. Possibly he joined up then parted company ;D so re-joined another outfit under another name?

Skoosh.