susancammas wrote:Good evening
What as asset you are to the forum Frogsmile!
Many thanks indeed for your rapid, full and interesting response to my enquiry and with maps and photos to boot.
What you said about completing the final years of service with a unit near where the soldier intended to retire makes absolute sense because my GGF was born in Cornwall and I imagine he planned to retire there. In fact, sadly he died before he retired.
I am a little puzzled though.
Your message made no mention of N° 4 Redoubt battery.
I have checked (as far as possible) the TNA link and find a reference to “Cornwall: Maker Heights (near Millbrook). Plan of part of Number 4 Redoubt [or Greville Battery*].” , so I suppose this is where my GGF lived.
Also, the 1891 census shows my GGF living with his wife and 2 daughters at 4 Redoubt Battery, Maker, Kingsand, Cornwall. Could this redoubt also have provided accommodation for families??
(One other person is shown at this address – he is a single Master Gunner RA.)
Again, many thanks
* Note spelling - different from your info and link
susancammas wrote:Again HUGE thanks Frogsmile!
I very much get the picture from the military point of view, but I still wonder where my GGF's family lived - in the redoubt?
I had always imagined a "redoubt" as being a sort of massive area for battery emplacements etc. but I am probably way off the mark. Would I be correct in thinking that these "redoubts" were like (large) forts with living accommodation for families etc.?
All this research, of course, is to do with finding out where/how my ancestors lived so as to record all the information as accurately as possible for my own grandchildren!
By the way, the other person listed in the 1891 census was a certain George Baker - born about 1854 in Hickfield - shown as a (single) Master Gunner Royal Artillery.
susancammas wrote:Thanks again Frogsmile for these interesting détails.
I appreciate you are alternating between discussing Susan’s GGF Gunner and the Master Gunner fellow lodger.
Regarding the photograph of John Bicknell: Notwithstanding I can’t discern any badges, can I confirm there are no orthochromatic film considerations at play and he is a regular Gunner (ie not a Volunteer)?
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