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Simon F   

Hi,

I am helping family with some Ancestry research and wondered if anybody would be able to point me in the right direction for a family member who served in British Army between 1839 - 1861. I have never researched this area so would appreciate some pointers and tips.

The information I have is from UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records, 1760-1920

Name: Pte. Benjamin Treadwell

Service Start Year: 1839

Service End Year: 1861

Regiment: 91st REG. OF Foot

Regimental Number: 90th Reg/1569 91/1602

Any help greatly appreciated and many thanks!

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Tim B   

Simon,

There are four military record files listed on Ancestry for a Benjamin Treadwell but all require a paid subscription to view the documents.  Not sure if they would display under any trial subscription or not.  I don't have one, sorry.

Tim

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Simon,

Quite interesting Born  Near Thame in Oxfordshire in 1822, enlisted at Aylesbury with 90th foot 19 October 1839, height given as 5 foot 5.5 inches, profession given as Baker age given as seventeen and a half. Served in the Second and Third Kaffir Wars, 1846-47 and 1850-53 respectively with the 91st Foot, his medal (South Africa 1853) was sent to him 22 March 1856. He was admitted as a Chelsea Pensioner 16 July 1861.

Hope this helps,

Paul

 

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Simon F   

Hi Tim, many thanks for taking the time to check and to reply.

Paul, that's great info and again many thanks for taking the time to get this info and to reply.

I have him on the 'Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service 1756 - 1900 (90th Foot Soldiers 1816-1841)' with some of that info, but not certain if that means he spent time in Canada? Also, I assume that the 90th Foot is the 90th Regiment of Foot (Perthshire Volunteers) (Light Infantry)? I apologise for my ignorance, but the British Army and the era is not really my area of expertise. Also wondering why an Oxfordshire boy would end up serving in a Scottish infantry unit??

Many thanks again to both!

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Simon,

90th Foot was Perthshire volunteers. He enlisted in Aylesbury, presumably the regiment was based there or nearby and was recruiting, the 91st was the Argyll Highlanders. It is quite possible that he was based in Canada sometime between his enlistment and 1846 (when we know he was in South Africa). It would be worth consulting Army Lists from those periods as it gives the location of the regiments.

Paul

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