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    Smile Battle of Talavera

    Hi Everyone. My 4x Great Grandfather was wounded at the Battle of Talavera. Would there be any records, going back this far for wounded and killed soldiers?
    I am trying to trace the names of my 5x great Grandparents, so hoping they could be named as next of kin in any records.
    Researching the Irish relatives, is a very long and slow process. So I am trying to research different areas to see what may and will come up.

    Kind regards Janette

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    Findmypast has a collection of Napoleonic war records. I have no idea about their content.

    https://search.findmypast.co.uk/searc...ds-1775---1817

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    Thank you Megan.

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    Check the collection called "British Army Service Records 1760-1915" on Findmypast. This includes the main source of service records - National Archives series WO97.

    You need to have read and absorbed the National Archives guidance. Choose from...
    https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/h...e&sub-category[]=army-and-militia

    I'm afraid this is rather too early to hope to find next-of-kin mentioned in service records. However it should tell you the parish and approximate date of birth which is a great help.

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    Thank you Peter, I will check out all the links, you and Megan have provided. Its much appreciated

    Janette

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    Sorry. There's something wrong with the link to the research guides.

    The main ones you want to look at are:

    https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/h...rs-up-to-1913/

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    https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/h...ther-research/

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    Peter, firstly my apologies for the late reply. Thank you for the amended link. I find the NA very confusing and never find the right files, but I shall have a go and see what comes up.
    Thank you for your help

    Janette

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    Hi Janette

    It would help if you could the name of the man you are researching - you never know, but he might be mentioned somewhere(!). Also, just put his name into a search engine and see if anything comes up. Plus, of course, try Google Books for accounts of the battle.

    By searching for (wounded AND Talavera), I've just found this list of British officers held as POWs at Verdun 1804-1813: https://www.napoleon-series.org/milit...satVerdun.html. Just keep scrolling until you come to those captured at Talavera. You will see that many of those taken prisoner were medics who had stayed behind to tend the wounded on the field of battle.

    Hope this might give you a few ideas.

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    Hi Owl,

    Thank you for the information. My ancestors name was James Johnston born around 1789 in the parish of aghaloo, possibly the town of Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, Ireland. He was wounded at Talavera, which resulted in James having an amputation at the age of 21. He was a weaver by trade before joining the army. I have obtained his discharge papers, but not his sign up papers. James was discharged in 1810. He had 2 wives Bridget was the first and they had a son Robert around 1812, his second wife was Mary and he had a further 4 children with Mary, Thomas, Anne, Margaret and Martha. All his children settled in the USA apart from Thomas, he settled in the UK to finish his army career. Thomas is my 3x great grandfather. I'm not sure what happened to James after he left the army, whether he stayed in Ireland or went to live elsewhere. Because Irish records are limited, it's not easy research.
    Re: Aghaloo and Aughncaloy. I have always thought Aughnacloy was in the parish of Aghaloo, however some records show it being in the parish of Carnteel. this maybe why i cant research fully, could be looking in the wrong place :-)

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    My ancestors name was James Johnston
    Which regiment?

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