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31573Re: [War Of 1812] Notification of Families of British War Casualties

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  • Peter Catley
    Mar 6, 2007
      And for Methodists or Catholics?

      I suspect we may be attaching too much of our modern concepts on
      communication, I suspect that time and word of mouth were very
      important. Also there is some evidence that the Parish recorded on the
      service record was not accurate, they occasionally may have used the
      Parish where the recruit was signed up by the recruiting party rather
      than the Parish of residence or birth.

      When James Hale met his brother in the Peninsula joining as a new
      recruit he did not even know that Richard had left home to join the Army
      over a year earlier.

      Cheers

      P**

      John Harris wrote:
      >
      > >> Does anyone have anymore information about the process... who
      > would inform the relatives or representative, when and how... Muster
      > Roll records simply list town of origin, and parish from which they
      > came... There is no next of kin listed... It sounds as if it was to
      > be the initiative of the relatives.
      > > Help!!
      > >
      > > Glenn Stott, Royal Scots, Light Company.
      >
      > "Muster Roll records simply list town of origin, and parish from
      > which they came... "
      >
      > Hi Glenn
      > I think that that is the answer, meaning the Parish where they
      > enlisted. In theory, the Parish would be close to home and a very
      > vital part of the society in which you grew up in. We do know that
      > desertion notice's were posted on the Parish "door", aka: the
      > church , for all to see , and could be used as a deterrent so as not
      > to bring disgrace upon your family still living in the area.
      > The church was where you learned of events that have happened to
      > your fellow parishoners , who you may only see once a week . It would
      > also be the centre of the social society in which you lived.
      > Officers death's by name and Regiment, were published in the
      > newspapers. If you've ever seen the reprint of the Time's about
      > Waterloo , you'll see this . Enlisted men are only listed as
      > killed/wounded/missing in the total returns.
      > Honestly, I can't say that this procedure would be 100% correct, but
      > it does make sense to me.
      > Regards
      > John Harris
      >
      >
      >
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