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What is uniform worn by Herr Schedler in photo taken late 19th century in Hannover?

I have a scan of this photo. It is believed to be the brother of Pauline Schedler (1860 - 1937). She was born in Thann, Alsace, France and family legend has it she fled to the UK in the 1870s during ...
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Which British Army regiment did Thomas Stretch join as a drummer boy in 1774?

Thomas Stretch was born in Norwich in 1763, joined the army, eventually retired in Nottingham and died there in 1851. His Chelsea Pension Discharge record (PDF) from 1807 states 33 years 9 months ...
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What is the origin or meaning of the photographed ring and pin?

I am looking for information regarding the attached photos. One photo is of a ring that looks well-worn. The other is for a pin that appears to be unused. I am assuming they are military in origin, ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

I was going through some old photos and newspaper clippings that my grandmother (1913-2007) left behind here in Norway, when I came across this photo of a uniformed young man. To be honest I have no ...
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Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns?

I have located a record for Alfred Clarke in the United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records. The TNA record series number is WO 97, and the original images are available at Find My Past. ...
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How to identify formal military photos?

Is there a web site out there or some place to ask about the context of formal US military photos? I would like to know the time, location, and reason of a photo. For example, here are two photos ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

This question is, although a little late, inspired by the Weekly Topic Challenge on "correlating military service records with other sources". It's also part of an effort to re-examine some of the "...
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Interpreting tours of duty on British Army service records?

More details about this service member are in my question Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns? Alfred Clarke, b. 1840, from Brighton, Sussex, England, ...
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Are there records relating to individual convictions or convicts found in British Army Service Records?

My 2x Great Grandfather served in the Royal Sussex Regiment from 1889 to 1902. I have a copy of his service records. Which I have downloaded from FindMyPast, the images can be found at the bottom of ...
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Understanding my father's Army service records (1946-1948)

I have obtained the army service records for my father (he did his national service between 1946 and 1948.) Not unexpectedly, the documents contain a wealth of abbreviations (or possibly acronyms) ...
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How do I learn the details about a British Army pension delivery, 1813?

An Irish ancestor, a veteran of 23 years, was discharged from the British Army in 1813 and pensioned (lame arm) as a Sergeant Major. From British Military records I know he enlisted in Loughgilley, ...
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What was William H. Clements' military service shown on this military grave registration?

I know that William H. Clements was part of the Mississippi Rifles from a military pension record index entry. Specifically, he served 1846-1847 in Company C. According to the Army National Guard ...
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What is the date and rank of this photo of a British soldier?

I have a family photo (see below) and I am trying to confirm the identity of the man. I have a suspicion who it is - the person was born in 1874 in England. So if he was in his 20s to 30s at the time ...
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What resources exist for information about ancestors affected by the Expulsion of the Acadians?

I believe I had ancestors in Acadia who were expelled by the British in the mid-18th century. Are there any surviving records from this event? Where can they be found?
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Why would a regular soldier join a militia? Circa 1795/1800s

Has anyone ever come across an instance where a soldier has left the regular army and joined a militia? I have an ancestor who served with the 3rd or King's Own Regiment of Dragoons in the 1790s on ...
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Did the Army know when somebody in the Reserves died?

I have now obtained my grandfather (TJ)'s Army Records and they're a very interesting read... To put it mildly, he was neither a good soldier nor one who believed in staying with the colours ...
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Reason for Discharge from British Army

I have a person who was discharged from the British Army "discharged under para 1805 (iii) (4)". Anyone know what that means, or where I can find the text of that regulation (preferably online)?
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Identifying person in two 19th century photos (one from Hannover)?

I found these 2 photographs in a cache of old family photos. I suspect they are of my 2nd great grandfather. I know from other sources that he was from Hannover and is the only family member that is ...
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Where to find World War 2 records for Canada?

I was told a family story and I would like to see if there are any records to verify the story. I was told that my grandfather began the military training for WW2 but just as he finished the military ...
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What are the specific characteristics of records destroyed in the US NPRC fire of 1973?

I know the NPRC website says the percentages and year ranges of discharged military personnel records that were destroyed. Is there a way of knowing the probability of destruction by specific dates of ...
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Does the 1921 English "Army" Census records include the "Soldier Number"?

I used this search to locate this record in the 1921 census: I am specifically interested in this entry because it says Army. I looked a little more at the article The British Army overseas in 1921 ...
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Identifying parents of Frederick Victor Sturm b.1756 Magdeburg

I am trying to find out who the parents of Frederick Victor Sturm were. He was born in Magdeburg Ackan in 1756 and then left Germany and served in the British army for 23 years from 1774-1797. He ...
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What uniform is this?

This is a photo of my grandfather, Frank Leslie Hill, b.1903. To the best knowledge of the family he did not serve in the armed forces. However we have found this photograph of him and wondered if ...
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Is there any information about the 1st Bn, the Royal Sussex Regiment at Peshawar being in Cliffden during 1917?

I would like to find out more about Cliffden, in Peshawar in the year 1917. Allow me to provide some background information: My wife's great grandfather was serving in the 1st Bn, the Royal Sussex ...
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Military records for the Battle of Waterloo?

My great-great grandfather Gottlob Daniel fought with the German army under Gen. Bluecher in the Battle of Waterloo. I have a medal he received which has been passed down thru the family. He was a ...
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Seeking World War 1 service record for Italian Army cook from Collessano, Sicily?

AI am looking for family records for Gioacchino Misita, who was a cook in the Italian Army in WWI. He was from Collessano, Sicily. He was shot in the leg. How can I access his service record? I ...
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Finding death location from clues on VA Form 3-7202a?

I have a copy of my grandfather's VA Form 3-7202a which lists his date of death and his Service Number. Can I use this to track down a location of death and a death certificate? I have no other ...
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Confirming the correct location of Curragh and the associated French Furze Camp

This question relates to the 1921 Census entry as discussed for William Henry Baker here: Does the 1921 English "Army" Census records include the "Soldier Number"? In the ...
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