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From: Michael Hargreave Mawson <>
Subject: Re: Do you think this man was in the Crimea?
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 11:03:15 +0100
On Fri, 25 Jul 2003, at around 19:36:04 local time, Lawryfamhist
>Does anyone want to tackle this one <g>?
>>From an old family letter written in 1966. The man in question (my
>ancestor) was from Ratby, Leicestershire.
>"My grandfather William BOWN, was a soldier in the Royal Guards, and fought
>through the Crimean War. On discharge from service, he returned to
>Leicester, marrying Grandmother"
>Subject in question born circa 1841/42. Married in Desford, Leicestershire
>in August 1860. Two questions.
>1. Do you think he was actually in the Crimea? I note that he later served
>in the police and was 6' 2 " tall. Also, his parents died when he was still
>very young, so the military may have been a way for him to support himself?
>2. His regiment? One thought is the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards (ie.
>the 4th Dragoon Guards).
>Thank you for any thoughts that people might have.
"The Royal Guards" could mean any of a number of regiments - my first
thought was Coldstream Guards or Grenadier Guards. Your best course of
action would be to contact Brian Oldham at the Great Crimean War Index.
This is a complete searchable index of all soldiers who served in the
Crimean War, and if William Bown served, his name (and numerous further
details) will be there. Search fees are modest. Brian can be
contacted on <> - tell him I sent you!
Michael Hargreave Mawson, author of "Eyewitness in the Crimea"