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William Thomas DOWNHAM, born 20/08/1845, Lambeth
« on: Tuesday 02 April 24 16:59 BST (UK) »
Hello,

He married Naomi Ann PAIN on 10/04/1871 in Kingston upon Thames and according to the wedding documentation his occupation was "Soldier".  I have researched all the appropriate indexes, at least those available to me, and have been unable to unearth any service details   Can anyone help please?
 
Incidentally, he died in 1879 in Portsea, Hampshire (GRO only), with his widow re-marrying sometime later.

Thank you.

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Re: William Thomas DOWNHAM, born 20/08/1845, Lambeth
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 02 April 24 17:04 BST (UK) »
Do you have him in the 1871 census?

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Re: William Thomas DOWNHAM, born 20/08/1845, Lambeth
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 02 April 24 17:20 BST (UK) »
BAC3, is this man a possibility?  (From the National Archives catalogue):

Reference:     ADM 157/113/480
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Folios 480-487. William Downham, born Surrey.

Attestation papers to serve in the Royal Marines at Chatham 1864 (when aged 18).

Discharged 1868 as Objectionable.

Joined from 3rd Royal Surrey Militia.
Date:     1864-1868
Held by:     The National Archives, Kew

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Re: William Thomas DOWNHAM, born 20/08/1845, Lambeth
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 02 April 24 17:48 BST (UK) »


Thank you Watson,

A distinct possibility, in fact probably correct.

My only difficulty is that being discharged as "objectionable" in 1868 rather disqualifies him from being a soldier at his wedding in 1871!!

I never came across "objectionable" in my National Service except "dishonourable discharge", although my Company Sergeant Major should have won the title...."very objectionable"!!

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Re: William Thomas DOWNHAM, born 20/08/1845, Lambeth
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 02 April 24 18:25 BST (UK) »
Perhaps the description of "soldier" was not up to date.  Or could he have joined again after 1868?