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12-11-2008, 2:58 PM
hi i have just found a old book that has written inside on a very thin paper. about a family member who was in the boer war it tells about engagments with the boers and taken a prisoner to pretoria. also has all the ponton footballclubs at the time. plus other bits i know hes is a george william francis off the first border regiment no 2311 and possibly was in the first world war as a 2nd Lieutenant ? can you tell me were to look for his records thanks
Thread moved to the Boer War section - it should get a better response here :)
12-11-2008, 3:29 PM
If looking for information on an commissioned officer a couple of simple ways to trace a career are:
1) The Army List - published annually, copies can be found in larger libraries and record offices - Guildhall Library, TNA, The Society of Genealogists has an incomplete run,
2) The London Gazette (http://www.londongazette.co.uk/home.aspx?geotype=London)publishes commissions and promotions of officers and is worth checking inc ase anyone was mentioned in despatches.
The National Archives (TNA) at Kew will hold original records relating to your chap. Searching TNA's catalogue shows 4 officers records for men with the name 'G.FRANCIS' (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/searchresults.asp?SearchInit=0&txtsearchterm=francis+g&txtfirstdate=1914&txtlastdate=1920&txtrestriction=WO339&hdnsorttype=Reference&image1.x=22&image1.y=7).
Before going to TNA, it is worth reading their research guides
Army Officers' records 1660-1913 (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/RdLeaflet.asp?sLeafletID=13)
Army Officers' records WW1 (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/RdLeaflet.asp?sLeafletID=6)
18-11-2008, 3:29 PM
have sent a email to the 1st border regement last week after a phone call to them as i know hes number and regement they said they may be able to help im still waitng for reply will let you know if they do get back
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