Looking for proof of an enlistment around 1845

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Looking for proof of an enlistment around 1845

Postby cknight44 » 26 Jan 2017 17:13

I would appreciate any suggestions on where to search for proof regarding my 3rd great grandfather's British military time in South Africa. This is what I've been told but I haven't seen any sources to back it up.

James Allen Knight - "He went to Africa as a soldier in the British Army under Sir Harry Smith and he fought in the Kaffir War. When peace was established he remained in Cape Hope following the vocation of a school teacher. He married Charlotte Allen Lutman (1815-1895) , a widow who was born at Portsmouth, England. She went to South Africa with her first husband who was seeking gold. James and Charlotte married and their son, John Allen Knight, was born 10 Jan 1846."

I thought I would start by searching the National Archives of London. Any other suggestions?

Thanks so much.
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Re: Looking for proof of an enlistment around 1845

Postby crimea1854 » 28 Jan 2017 18:08

I generally start a search by looking at the medal rolls. From these it's possible to narrow down the number of likely men and establish their units/regiments. Looking at the roll on Ancestry there are two: James Knight Cape Mounted Rifles and a J Knight Asst. Storekeeper Commissariat both served in the 1850-53 campaign.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Looking for proof of an enlistment around 1845

Postby cknight44 » 04 Feb 2017 07:15

Thanks Martin!
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