31570Re: [War Of 1812] Re: Notification of Families of British War Casualties
- Mar 6, 2007Chris,
I don't know if contacting the next of kin was SOP, but , (and I'm
only guessing here), finding them might have been based on sending the
correspondence via the parish noted on the soldiers attestations papers.
On 6-Mar-07, at 2:09 PM, Chris McKay wrote:
> So, was this the standard procedure? That a man's NCO or CO would
> write a letter to his family informing them of his death or is this an
> exception. I've read memoirs of serjeants that seem to indicate that
> they're writing a letter to someone's family because they were close,
> but it doesn't seem to indicate the that was SOP. How would the army
> know where to send the letters?
> One from the chap himself, one from
> > his sergeant to his family saying he had been killed and
> recommending they
> > claim his prize and blood money and subsequent letters from the
> > pertaining to the claim, ending with one saying that his father had
> > claimed the cash.
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