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Kitchener Scouts

Postby Jbeen » 15 Mar 2010 14:30

Hi Everyone

I'm trying to find more on my gr-grandfather Thomas Johnston born Nov 1881 in Ancoats, Manchester.

I've a copy of his service records from WW1 serving with the Manchester 13th (Service) Battalion K3.

According to his records he was previously a Kitchener Scout, which led me to this:

The roll for Kitchener's Fighting Scouts shows 516 Trooper Thomas Johnston 2/KFS enlisted Durban 27/8/1901 & discharged 13/3/1902 on completion of service.

I've never managed to find him on the 1891 or 1901 census, he isn't with his family, if he was in SA then that could be why. I've tried to find him on passenger lists, but have so far been unsuccessful. I don't understand why he would've been in SA in the first place.

My Dad remembers seeing a picture of him in uniform on horseback, he thought he was a boy as he was so young, whether this picture still exists anywhere I don't know, but I am trying to check with all members of my family!

Any help is very much appreciated

Jane :)
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Re: Kitchener Scouts

Postby SWB » 15 Mar 2010 15:31

Jane,

The attestation/discharge papers for Kitchener's Fighting Socuts are at the National Archives, London. They usually show an occupation (and maybe an address) which could answer your question as well as giving you more detail on his military career.

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Re: Kitchener Scouts

Postby Jbeen » 16 Mar 2010 17:06

Thank you Meurig.

Is there any way to view online? I live in Cornwall.

Jane :)
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Re: Kitchener Scouts

Postby SWB » 16 Mar 2010 17:52

No, you need a friend or a researcher.

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Re: Kitchener Scouts

Postby Banker » 18 Mar 2010 09:54

Hi,

Check out this site for info on KFS:

http://www.angloboerwar.com/units/kfs.htm


and here for copies of the rolls:

http://www.angloboerwar.com/nominal/kfs/IMG_5200.JPG

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Re: Kitchener Scouts

Postby SWB » 18 Mar 2010 10:27

Just to be clear the rolls on angloboerwar.com are not the discharge/attestation papers.

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