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Orielbenfro
01-03-2009, 7:29 PM
Would like to prove that Robert Oakman Cotton late of the 95th Regt resided Pembrokeshire was in the Crimea.
I understand the 95th “where in the thick of the fighting in the Crimea”, was Robert with them.
Robert was born in 1846 on the Isle of Wight and later lived and died in Pembs, whilst with no occupation he appears to have been able to afford to employ a Governess.
Any info on Roberts Army career only in the Crimea would be appreiciated.
Rgds
Oriel Benfro

crimea1854
04-03-2009, 3:12 PM
Oriel

I don't know why you believe Robert Oakman Cotton saw service in the Crimea, but since it started in 1854, when Robert was only 8, and ended in 1855, I think it highly unlikely.

Martin

neil1821
04-03-2009, 4:01 PM
Given that he was born in 1846, a more likely timeframe for any army service would be some time between 1862 and 1886 (age 16 to age 40).
1871 and 1881 the 95th Regt were in England, so the two censuses should maybe be your first port of call.

Geoffers
04-03-2009, 5:46 PM
Would like to prove that Robert Oakman Cotton late of the 95th Regt resided Pembrokeshire was in the Crimea.
Robert was born in 1846 on the Isle of Wight and later lived and died in Pembs

See earlier postings about the dates of the Crimea.

However. The 1871 census shows

RG10/1153 f11 p1
Barracks, Alverstoke
Robert Oakman COTTON, unm 24, Lieutenant 95th Foot, bn Isle of Wight, Hants

This would tie in with the birth recorded in the GRO index.

He seems to have left the army by 1881

RG11/5408 f38 p3
Hill House, Cosheston, Pembrokeshire
Robert Oakman COTTON, hd, mar, 34, no occupation, bn Hampshire, Isle of Wight
Elizabeth Cotton, wf, mar, 27, Lady, bn Pembroke

Their eldest daughter Cornelia is aged 7.

Cornelia's birth certificate would contain the names of both parents and hopefully match the marriage which appears in the GRO index in Sept 1872. There are corresponding entries there for Robert Oakman COTTON and Elizabeth JONES.

The marriage certificate would show your chap's dad's name and occupation which would hopefully match the details in his birth certificate.

The London Gazette records his purchase of commission as Ensign (http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/23104/pages/2516)

His promotion to Lieutenant (http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/23402/pages/4063) to replace a dead officer

and his retirement from the army in 1876 (http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/24353/pages/4480)