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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Coastguards during the Crimean War

    There were approximately 2600 Coast Guards who entered the Royal Navy to help fill a manning shortage during the Crimean War (1854-56). For the majority of these men there is no official record of this service. In an effort to redress this I have just completed a three-year project (I work...

    Started by crimea1854‎, 07-09-2010 1:24 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Useful Coastguard/Preventive Men Links

    Here are some links that mostly relate to specific places or areas that can assist in finding those elusive families. www. genuki.org.uk/big/Coastguards/index.html Here you will find records of some Coastguards and family records, which has a searchable index. www....

    Started by busyglen‎, 03-09-2007 10:07 AM
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  1. Question Harris Family - Coastguards from Cork Ireland

    I hope someone can help point me in the right direction. I have been trying to find records of my GGGG Grandfather Thomas Harris who was a coastguard in Cork in the 1800's. I have not been able to find reference to him on most of the coastguard websites, however have found reference to another...

    Started by Chelle1661‎, 01-08-2010 2:51 PM
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  2. Smile William Mahoney, Commissioned Boatman

    Hi I have been trying to download records (Establishment Books) from Documents Online regarding UK/Irish Coastguards. Todate I have had no success. I am trying to find information on my great grandfather William Mahoney who served in the Coastguard from approx mid 1870 to his retirement in 1900?...

    Started by Mike M‎, 10-04-2010 9:47 PM
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  3. Chief boatman / coastguard 1861 Flamborough

    I have an ancestor who in 1851 & 1861 was Chief boatman / coastguard 1861 in Flamborough. Im wondering if there is somekind of maritime site with regards to coastguards etc .I was hoping they may hold documentaion on him?

    Started by fountainpen‎, 19-01-2010 6:01 PM
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  4. John White - Coast Guard

    My GG Grandfather is noted on his daughter (Agnes) wed cert April 1886 as being a Coast Guard, and not marked deceased. I have not been able to find him on any census (he originates from Ireland) I don't know if he ever came to England I wondered if I could trace any info through his coast guard...

    Started by brimarge‎, 06-12-2009 5:15 PM
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  5. coastguard ,

    hi, i am trying to find a john colley born swailclife kent 1800ish, aparently was a coastguard for swailclife but i can not locate him i think his wifes name was louisa, had lots of children , can any one help :) liz

    Started by DELILAH‎, 21-11-2009 10:38 AM
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  6. Tidesmen/Excise

    Good evening, My ancestor was a tidesman in Port of London according to documents that I have when he was 34 & 44 (His 1810 & 1820 excise salary)He was not, according to Rob Cotterell apprenticed there.I also have documents when he went to Newcastle as a permit writer in 1824. according to the...

    Started by missie‎, 26-10-2009 8:54 PM
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  7. Smile Percussion Flintlock Pistols

    Hi All, I have, having been handed down through the family a Percussion Flintlock Pistol, which I am currently cleaning as it has been overlooked for a good number of years. Very interested to know that having had a Riding Officer in the Ancestry and also another Ancestor who was a Customs and...

    Started by Stephen Evans‎, 02-10-2009 2:26 PM
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  8. Coastguard stations

    Does anyone know anything about the coastguard station at Aberthaw? I have found an ancestor posted there in about 1821. Is there a history of it or can anyone point me to a photo of it. Many thanks

    Started by annieE‎, 04-08-2009 1:55 PM
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  9. Smile Freshwater Coast Guard Station, Isle of Wight

    Have just discovered that my Ancestor Josiah Dornford was a Lieutenant RN, in charge of Freshwater Coast Guard Station, Isle of Wight in 1827. Given its important location, I wonder if there is any trace of the station today and any additional information available. Cheers|cheers|

    Started by Stephen Evans‎, 23-09-2009 11:01 AM
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  10. Smile No 2 Battery, Parish of Worth, Kent

    Hi All, I have recently traced a relative in the 1841 Census a Josiah Dornford,RN, living at No2 Battery in the Parish of Worth. Does anyone have any information on this location and does it still exist?? Cheers|cheers|

    Started by Stephen Evans‎, 13-08-2009 10:14 AM
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  11. Smile Excise Officers/Riding Officer/Mounted Guard

    Obviously the Coast Guad came under the Admiralty/Navy control, but does anyone know what an Excise or a Riding Officers fell under? Excuse the pun!! Cheers |cheers|

    Started by Stephen Evans‎, 26-08-2009 9:29 PM
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  12. Smuggling

    Having discovered family relatives who worked in the Coast Guard and a Riding Officer/Mounted Guard, I would recommend a good read and thats, Smuggling in the British Isles A History, by Richard Platt and his excellent web site: (Moderator's Note. Your Link has been deleted. Google will find...

    Started by Stephen Evans‎, 25-08-2009 4:48 PM
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  13. Excise Officer

    Hi I have a ggg grandfather James Spring mentioned as an "excise officer" from Galway on his daughter mary Ball nee spring's death cert....any ideas where I could find some info on this . Also a ggg grandfather george Marriott mentioned as customs officer in 1841-1871 slightly different wording...

    Started by hyatt‎, 03-10-2007 11:17 AM
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  14. Welsh Coastguards

    Does anybody know where I can find records of any Welsh Coastguards? They don't appear to be in ADM 175 at TNA:confused: The chap I'm looking for is Col(e)man FLAHERTY and he served at Caemaes Bay and Holyhead both on Anglesey late 19th early 20th century Thanks Stickymone

    Started by stickymone‎, 01-07-2009 2:26 PM
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  15. Ron Wills (Customs Officer & ex Berlin Airlift Pilot)

    Good Morning All. My father has asked me to look for an ex RAF colleague, they served together in the Berlin Airlift, 1948 - 49. Dad believes that subsequent to leaving the RAF, Ron Wills joined the Customs Service. Ron Wills hailed from London, possibly East London, Dad recalls. Any info...

    Started by Bill Harrigan‎, 03-06-2009 10:28 AM
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  16. John Merryman Moore, Excise Officer

    Hi All,Would be delighted to have any information on the above person. John Merryman Moore was born in Winchcombe, Glouc in 1788. In the 1841 Berkshire census I have him living in Marcham. He married a Sarah Holloway and children seem to have been born in Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire....

    Started by Stephen Evans‎, 22-04-2009 12:22 PM
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  17. Help Reading a CG Entry 0007.pdf

    Hello All For those who have downloaded the CG records from TNA, can anyone help me decipher an entry for William Grant? The page is quite dark, making it difficult to read: 0007.pdf Page 224 (Bletchington, Sussex) about 1/3 of the way down is William Grant. I can't read where he arrived...

    Started by racing girl‎, 21-02-2009 8:12 PM
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  18. So What Happened To Dover?

    I'm working my way through the Coastguard records downloaded from NA and I've made it back to the first record, 001.pdf. The last entry (in 003.pdf) for my chap reads like this: Berwick 20 Nov 1820 from Dover, Boatman, 1 Dec 1824 to Staithes So I've looked all the way through 001.pdf, read...

    Started by racing girl‎, 11-02-2009 1:21 PM
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  19. Joseph Richard SIMMS, HM Coastguards

    I am seeking information on my grandmotherís Brother Joseph Richard SIMMS, born in Oxford, introduced to a seagoing life (1881 census) on board "The Industrial School Ship Formidable" in Bristol. On 24th April 1893 at St Peters Church, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, he married Elizabeth...

    Started by Cliff Jones‎, 13-10-2004 2:27 AM
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  20. Age At Promotion To Chief Officer?

    Does anyone know how old (typically) one would be before being offered promotion to Chief Officer? I have a James Clark who does not appear to be a CO in the 1871 census (he's just listed as Coastguard Service), but is a CO by the 1881 census. I've been looking through the nomination books...

    Started by racing girl‎, 09-01-2009 5:55 PM
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