Sergeant J. M. Phelan

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Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Waggoner » 24 Sep 2015 15:24

Sergeant Phelan served in the Second Afghan War and received a medal without clasp. A researcher has found the medal roll at the British Library. The Remarks column say where he served to earn the medal but I can't decipher the name of the location. Can anyone help? It is the first lne of the image. Thanks.

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Re: Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Waggoner » 25 Sep 2015 21:50

Having poked around the internet, it appears that this location was Pei Chowdy or Chowdi. It was at the railhead on the British side of the Dorah pass. There was a depot here which was a good reason for a menber of the Bombay Commissariat, such as Phelan, to be there.

I am still frustrated by the fact there does not appear to be service record for him. He went on to become a conductor so their should be a record of him somewhere! Any suggestions?

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Re: Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Maureene » 26 Sep 2015 00:13

Is it possible to repost the image, as it is upside down?

You should be able to trace him through various issues of the Unattached List, which would probably list his location. This are similar to muster rolls. These records are explained on the FIBIS Fibiwiki page Unattached List.
http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php/Unattached_List

Another possibility is that Conductors PERHAPS may appear in the Series of records known as IOR/V/12 Service Histories. I know that Apothecaries appear in these records, and Conductors would be of a similar rank, but I don't specifically know. These records are detailed on the FIBIS Fibiwiki page Apothecary, section Service Histories
http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php/Apothec ... _Histories

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Re: Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Waggoner » 26 Sep 2015 02:12

Maureen,

Strange..the image is right side up on my computer. The researcher said he checked the Unattached Lists but without success. Thanks for the suggestion for the other list.

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Re: Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Peter » 26 Sep 2015 05:24

I’m familiar with the question of whether water flowing down a drain spins in different directions depending on which hemisphere one is in

but, in this case …..

Maureen and I share the same southern hemisphere / country / city and the image is also very much upside down on my computer screen.

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Re: Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Waggoner » 27 Sep 2015 02:24

Peter,

I can't explain that. Sorry :-(

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Re: Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Waggoner » 29 Sep 2015 01:46

Maureene,

I looked for him in the July 1890 India Arm List you provided the lnk to. There was no mention of him. He was a Sub-Conductor in 1883 so he must have left the service by 1890. The search goes on.

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Re: Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Maureene » 29 Sep 2015 12:18

Gary, there may POSSIBLY be some Army data in the Lists for years after 1874, shown in the following link. I am unable to view past 1874, when however there was Army data. As you are in Canada, I think you would be able to access the volumes for the mid-late 1870s and 1880s to check out if there is any Army related information.
http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009992597

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Re: Sergeant J. M. Phelan

Postby Waggoner » 29 Sep 2015 16:17

Maureene,

A great lead...thank you! I tried the 1883 volume and got a hit for him. Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to access the actual document. Something to work on.

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