Author Topic: Nellie Eileen Ham  (Read 721 times)

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Re: Nellie Eileen Ham
« Reply #18 on: Monday 13 September 21 20:26 BST (UK) »
He possibly joined the Royal Engineers because his older brother had done so.

I don't think the army will have paid for the board of wives & children, more likely money was sent home to them. When regiments were sent abroad, a certain number of families would go with them 'on the strength' and would be housed. An enlisted man would need to get permission to marry from his commanding officer. You sometimes come across 2 marriages for the same couple when it seems that permission hadn't been sought to start with, so there had to be a second one to enter in the army records.

some info here on army children
http://www.archhistory.co.uk/taca/accomm.html 

1891 census shows Alfred as 19
1881 as 11 - father is Charles, a carpenter, as on marriage details
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q273-M8S8
1871 2 months
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VB8B-MFR
Cornwall: Allen, Bevan, Bosisto, Carnpezzack, Donithorn, Huddy, James, Retallack, Russell, Vincent, Yeoman
Cards: Thomas (Llanbadarn Fawr)
Glam: Bowler, Cram, Galloway, James, Thomas, Watkins
Lincs: Coupland, Cram
Mon: Cram, Gwyn, John, Philpot, Smart, Watkins
Pembs: Edwards (St. Dogmael's)
Yorks: Airey, Bowler, Elliott, Hare, Hewitt, Kellett, Kemp, Stephenson, Tebb

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Re: Nellie Eileen/Alfred Ham
« Reply #19 on: Thursday 16 September 21 01:19 BST (UK) »
Thanks Osprey.
Well I've just read about the army accommodation - marvellous info thank you and very interesting. I wish I'd had the Indian stuff in 2006 when I helped an elderly friend write his memoir!

Are there any Boer War records online please? And where would Alfred's attestation be, if it is in existence?
What an interesting post! I have the birth and census details thanks
Carol

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Re: Nellie Eileen Ham
« Reply #20 on: Thursday 16 September 21 17:12 BST (UK) »
the army record  including attestation came from Findmypast, it may be on Ancestry as well. You could ask about Boer war records on the military board.

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Cornwall: Allen, Bevan, Bosisto, Carnpezzack, Donithorn, Huddy, James, Retallack, Russell, Vincent, Yeoman
Cards: Thomas (Llanbadarn Fawr)
Glam: Bowler, Cram, Galloway, James, Thomas, Watkins
Lincs: Coupland, Cram
Mon: Cram, Gwyn, John, Philpot, Smart, Watkins
Pembs: Edwards (St. Dogmael's)
Yorks: Airey, Bowler, Elliott, Hare, Hewitt, Kellett, Kemp, Stephenson, Tebb