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21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« on: Wednesday 08 September 21 10:18 BST (UK) »
Where would I find more information and a soldiers statement of service for the above regiment?

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Re: 21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 09 September 21 06:46 BST (UK) »
Milligan - Jardine – Glencross – Dinwoodie - Brown: (Dumfriesshire & Kirkcudbrightshire)
Clark – Faulds – Cuthbertson – Bryson – Wilson: (Ayrshire & Renfrewshire)
Neale – Cater – Kinder - Harrison: (Warwickshire & Queensland)
Roberts - Spry: (Cornwall, Middlesex & Queensland)
Munster: (Schleswig-Holstein & Queensland) and Plate: (Braunschweig, Neubruck & Queensland)

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Re: 21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 09 September 21 08:00 BST (UK) »
Very interesting detail.  As he was injured in 1817 he would not have been part of the detachment sent to escort Napoleon at St Helena.  So perhaps an engagement with Zulu or Dutch.  More to find out; - however, I've since found 4 more children born to him (pretty sure) in South Africa.  So his wife must have gone with the troops.  Extraordinary times.  Really enjoyed this so far.  I'll continue to see what else I can find out.  As I have a sub with Ancestry I don't want to double up with another company.  But it would seem that FindMyPast has more military information.


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Re: 21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 09 September 21 11:50 BST (UK) »
The troops were there to protect the Indian Trade Route.  (Had forgotten my history). 

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Re: 21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« Reply #4 on: Friday 17 September 21 12:10 BST (UK) »
You should find more about him in the Musters at Kew https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/browse/r/h/C2461277

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Re: 21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« Reply #5 on: Friday 17 September 21 19:58 BST (UK) »
I would really like to read/access more information.  Can you actually read the muster rolls on line? 

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Re: 21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« Reply #6 on: Friday 17 September 21 20:18 BST (UK) »
Who are you looking for? Have you found his discharge papers?
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Re: 21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« Reply #7 on: Friday 17 September 21 20:40 BST (UK) »
Richard Bell b. 1774 Darlington, Durham.
I obtained his discharge papers via sub from FindMyPast a year or two ago. 
Discharged 17th March 1818 after 24 yrs and 55 days.
"Extremely good and correct"
He was a Troop Sergeant Major and served in South Africa.
That in consequence of a "Rupture of right side" was discharged "Given under the Hand and the Seal of the Regiment at Cape of Good Hope this 15th Day of July 1817.

Any muster records and remarks of his time in South Africa would be absolutely wonderful.

Would there be information ship etc. of his return to the UK would be really really helpful, - as he had 4 children there and I cannot see any of them in the UK. 

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Re: 21st Light Dragoons in South Africa 1806 onwards
« Reply #8 on: Friday 17 September 21 21:11 BST (UK) »
Four or five? children in Sth Africa
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZZ9-H7Z4
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DTLB-1V6Z
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DYQG-15ZM
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DTFY-SN2M
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:DTDF-6GW2
Sadly, there is not much information on these transcripts.
According to Ancestry, These baptisms come from George’s cathedral Military baptisms.
Father is Richard Bell and mother Ann Collins?
Milligan - Jardine – Glencross – Dinwoodie - Brown: (Dumfriesshire & Kirkcudbrightshire)
Clark – Faulds – Cuthbertson – Bryson – Wilson: (Ayrshire & Renfrewshire)
Neale – Cater – Kinder - Harrison: (Warwickshire & Queensland)
Roberts - Spry: (Cornwall, Middlesex & Queensland)
Munster: (Schleswig-Holstein & Queensland) and Plate: (Braunschweig, Neubruck & Queensland)