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What was William H. Clements' military service shown on this military grave registration?

According to the article Mississippi and the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Sam Olden, posted on the website Mississippi History Now (an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society), ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

We probably can't prove that "Soldier Matthew" is the same as "Family Matthew", but we can seek to demonstrate that they are not the same person. If, for example, the military records show that ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

Well, building off of Robert Shaw's answer, it appears to me that the person in the photograph is wearing a Type I unit disk, which puts the photo somewhere between 1910 and 1937. According to both ...
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Are there records relating to individual convictions or convicts found in British Army Service Records?

One place you could start is with TNA's research guide on How to Look for Courts martial and desertion in the British Army 17th-20th centuries (tip courtesy of David Underdown on Twitter). Make a ...
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What is the origin or meaning of the photographed ring and pin?

My father (and many brothers) were in WWII and he had this exact gold pin in his medal collection. It was an Honorable Discharge pin (the "Ruptured Duck"), meant to be worn on the lapel for all ...
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Which British Army regiment did Thomas Stretch join as a drummer boy in 1774?

The best quick summary for what is available is the TNA Research Guide on British Army Muster Rolls & Pay Lists and other similar topics on the same sub-site such as British Army soldiers up to ...
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Does the 1921 English "Army" Census records include the "Soldier Number"?

I do not have a specific answer for the 1921 census, but prior censuses (e.g. 1911 census) that I have seen did not usually include the service number. However, in prior censuses I have found it will ...
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Which British Army regiment did Thomas Stretch join as a drummer boy in 1774?

There is a Private Thomas Stretch listed in a 'Perth Military Settlers War of 1812 Veterans' which lists veterans of the War of 1812-1814 who received settlement tickets for land in Ontario, Canada. ...
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Identifying person in two 19th century photos (one from Hannover)?

I have an answer for the type of uniform being worn. It is the uniform of a particular type of cavalryman, an Uhlan (or Ulan in German). Ulans were lancers. A jacket of this type is called a Ulanka....
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What is the date and rank of this photo of a British soldier?

The shoulder title will also indicate his regiment. The angle makes it hard to read, and again a close up of that area may aid identification. It appears to be short and straight, so with that and the ...
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What is the date and rank of this photo of a British soldier?

Well there appear to be three chevrons on his right sleeve which would indicate a sergeant but there is also something above the chevrons - most likely a crown which would make him a staff sergeant or ...
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What are the specific characteristics of records destroyed in the US NPRC fire of 1973?

The US Department of Veterans Affairs website advice on Reconstruct military records destroyed in NPRC fire says: The Army between November 1, 1912, and January 1, 1960. The fire destroyed 80% of the ...
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Identifying parents of Frederick Victor Sturm b.1756 Magdeburg

Location You mention "Magdeburg Ackan" but this place does not exist so first we have to find out the most probable place for it. Fuzzy Gazetteer helps with that and comes up with "Aken&...
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What uniform is this?

Based on the general look of the uniform, this is an infantryman of the British Army. I've just looked through the infantry regiments in my copy of "British Army Cap Badges of the First World War" and ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

A hasty checklist of research guides and possible tasks for reviewing military records follows. Consult the Research Guides at TNA for militia and other military records Check local archives and the ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

As part of your question, you asked: How does that match with him being born in 1888? Researchers can use these guides to line up a birth year with wars a service member might have been in: What ...
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Finding death location from clues on VA Form 3-7202a?

Presumably you found the index card for your grandfather from FamilySearch's United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (where the images are online) or from a pointer to it like ...
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Confirming the correct location of Curragh and the associated French Furze Camp

The Curragh where the army were based is the one in Co. Kildare. It was the most important military base in Ireland in the 1800s and remains a military base to this day, now used by the Irish Defence ...
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Does the 1921 English "Army" Census records include the "Soldier Number"?

The army number was not required to be included, but I have seen at least one return (for the Middlesex Regiment on Army of Occupation duties in Cologne) where it has been.
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Interpreting tours of duty on British Army service records?

Find My Past has GRO Regimental Birth Indices (1761 to 1924) consisting of: British Nationals Armed Forces Births 1761-2005 British Nationals Armed Forces Marriages 1761-2005 British Nationals Armed ...
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