Minimum Age For Crimea Service

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Minimum Age For Crimea Service

Postby barney5042 » 15 Apr 2017 19:15

When the British Army was assembling troops for service on the Gordon Relief Expedition, the instructions stated that soldiers should be of good character and a minimum of 21 years old. These guidelines were not always followed; I'm aware of several instances where the selected soldiers were younger.

My question is: Were there similar instructions/guidelines for service in the Crimea?

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Re: Minimum Age For Crimea Service

Postby Frogsmile » 17 Apr 2017 22:22

barney5042 wrote:When the British Army was assembling troops for service on the Gordon Relief Expedition, the instructions stated that soldiers should be of good character and a minimum of 21 years old. These guidelines were not always followed; I'm aware of several instances where the selected soldiers were younger.

My question is: Were there similar instructions/guidelines for service in the Crimea?

Thanks!


There have been a few threads on this subject barney: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1185. Note that there are three pages in the thread and it's is worthwhile reading all of them to get an accurate, overall picture.

There is no question that boys served as drummers and trumpeters during the Crimean war. You can see a photograph of one in the thread on trumpet and bugle calls.
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Re: Minimum Age For Crimea Service

Postby barney5042 » 18 Apr 2017 02:08

Frogsmile wrote:There have been a few threads on this subject barney: http://www.victorianwars.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=1185. Note that there are three pages in the thread and it's is worthwhile reading all of them to get an accurate, overall picture.

There is no question that boys served as drummers and trumpeters during the Crimean war. You can see a photograph of one in the thread on trumpet and bugle calls.

Thanks. Certainly drummers and trumpeters could be younger. The question I have is specific to privates for Crimea service.

I am researching the career of a solider who was 20 when he attested in January 1855 but appears to have claimed to be 21. He shipped out to the Crimea within a few months. I'm trying to understand why a 20 year-old would claim to be 21 in 1855 when enlisting.
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Re: Minimum Age For Crimea Service

Postby Will Mathieson » 18 Apr 2017 02:35

In the book The History of the British Cavalry there were complaints of replacements not being grown men but undeveloped boys.
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Re: Minimum Age For Crimea Service

Postby barney5042 » 18 Apr 2017 11:31

Will Mathieson wrote:In the book The History of the British Cavalry there were complaints of replacements not being grown men but undeveloped boys.

Thanks! I have a copy of that. Do you recall what page?
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Re: Minimum Age For Crimea Service

Postby Will Mathieson » 19 Apr 2017 02:11

I can't remember but it's about half way through Vol. 2. It described the replacements for Crimea War.
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Re: Minimum Age For Crimea Service

Postby barney5042 » 20 Apr 2017 01:58

Will Mathieson wrote:I can't remember but it's about half way through Vol. 2. It described the replacements for Crimea War.

Thanks! Found it, pages 120 and 121.
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