31575Re: [War Of 1812] Notification of Families of British War Casualties
- Mar 6, 2007This is hardly definitive, but when I was reviewing casualty returns
for the 41st from the War of 1812, there was a column that read, "If
not paid out to the Regiment to whom willed; or if no will, who is
supposed to be the next kin"
Of the 500 deaths or so that I noted, only a handful (less than 10)
had a record of a will; a small number had their final settlement
paid to a brother in the regiment, another member of the regiment or
The vast majority had their settlement go to the regimental agent
This seems to indicate as Chris had suggested once you joined, and
especially if you were sent on foreign service, you were gone from
family and all connections to home.
I don't know for certain but I assume that if it went to the
regimental agent, it remained in the regiment's funds.
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