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I understand that there is no Sugden in the pay book for the Kandy conflicts [in Ceylon].I hope to find out a lot more about him.’Although, as Wendy states, her great-great-great-grandfather’s parentage is currently unknown, the combination of his birth in England; his enlistment at such a young age in Ceylon; and the comparable enlistment of other soldiers’ young sons as drummer boys suggests that he was indeed an army child.He is being mourned by a young mother and her baby, who has not yet been weaned.‘Perhaps on some inhospitable shore The houseless wretch a widow’d parent bore; Who, then, no more by golden prospects led, Of the poor Indian begg’d a leafy bed.
’Although romanticised, the painting gives an inkling of the sorrow and hardship that many female camp–followers and their army children suffered when ‘following the drum’ in the footsteps of their soldier menfolk on campaign.
Click here to read more about the painting, courtesy of Carole Mc Namara, of the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
They said that wives of soldiers were sometimes allowed to accompany their husbands overseas, but no provision was made for their support if their soldier husband was killed. I must say that as much as I am interested in the boy, I am perhaps more interested in finding his mother, in particular to find out what her fate was. If so, she must have died quite young as it seems that the boy had no real knowledge of his parents.
In this event, the commanding officer of the unit sometimes permitted children younger than the enlisting age to join up, thus saving the mother and child from destitution. If I can find more information, it could be enhanced by pictures of uniforms and campaigns of the Siege of Gibraltar and the Peninsular War, so I welcome advice on where to look for such information.' Janet Adams' appeal for information relating to her great-great-grandfather, an army child born in Gibraltar in 1781 (see above, 'TACA CORRESPONDENCE: ENLISTMENT AS A DRUMMER, AGED FIVE'), caught the eye of A W (Art) Cockerill (whose website, is the 'site of choice for histories of the Duke of York's and Hibernian military schools', and more besides).
I have yet to trace William’s career as I am in Australia.
He is the ancestor of an inordinate number of people engaged in genealogy, and is a major brick wall for all of them!Janet writes: 'Following our enquiry, the British War Office (WO) provided quite detailed information on my mother's grandfather, Colour Sergeant John Murray, who was born on Gibraltar in 1781 to a serving British soldier.Five years after his birth, his father died on duty (cause unknown), and the child was enlisted as a drummer in HM 50th Regiment of Foot.TACA HOMELIVES & TIMESON THE MOVEPOSTINGSACCOMMODATIONHEALTHCARE & HOSPITALSSCHOOLINGMEMORIES & MISCELLANEAFAMOUS ARMY CHILDRENHISTORY MATTERS1914–18FORGOTTEN FACESARMY CHILDREN'S GRAVESCURRENT & RECENT RESEARCHLINKS & LITERATURECONTRIBUTING & CONDITIONSCONTACT TACATACA LATEST If you have an army child or two in your family tree, it may be possible to learn more about them by consulting certain family-history resources, while reading about the military conflicts in which the British Army has been involved over the centuries, and their historical context, may help to inform you about the times, and circumstances, in which they lived.Captioned 'All through walking with a soldier', the comic postcard shown below, which is around a century old, reflects the prevailing Victorian and Edwardian belief that most army children were members of large families..He later served in many campaigns, including the Peninsular War, and was awarded the Military General Service Medal with five bars. I am intrigued by the history here, but his parents' names are unknown, so I don't know how to find more information.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating