Edward Charles Field

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Edward Charles Field

Postby elainevz » 06 Nov 2015 11:28

Busy with family research and Edward Charles Field is causing some confusion. On his childrens' baptism certificates in King Williams Town, his occupation is given as Private, 32nd Regiment and Private 80th Regiment. However, in the GRO Regimental Birth Indices (1761 to 1924) in 1869 he was with 91st Foot (child born in Cape Town), in 1872 he was with 80th Foot and 1874 - 1882 with the 91st Foot. On the youngest daughter's baptism certificate, his occupation was constable.

I would like to know how I can find out where he was born, when he married and when he arrived in South Africa. I have considerable information on his children
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Re: Edward Charles Field

Postby crimea1854 » 06 Nov 2015 15:26

I cannot answer your specific questions, but the following may clarify his service: the 1871 Worldwide Army Survey has an Edward Field serving with the 32nd in Natal, SA (Regt.No. 1901), and the South Africa 1877-78 medal roll has an Edward Field (Regt.No.1114) serving with the 80th and entitled to a no clasp medal for actions against the Seknkuni 1878, with the medal being sent to the 91st in Cape Town.

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Re: Edward Charles Field

Postby mike snook » 06 Nov 2015 17:03

I can tell you a bit about the 91st and South Africa. There is nobody of that name who served in the 91st in the 8th CFW which ended in 1853. Reserve Bn 91st left SA in 1855. 1st Bn had long since gone. Debarring unusual situations which none of us can guess at, theoretically the only window in which a 91st Regt soldier without an 8th CFW medal could have had a child in Cape Town before 1869 is in the period 1853-55, but that would make him too old to fit some of your other details. An outwards or return trooping voyage to India, with a stop at Cape Town, might fit, except that the 91st came back from India between October and November 1868, landing at Portsmouth on the 13th of the month. Moreover it came by Suez not the Cape.

Not much help I know.

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Re: Edward Charles Field

Postby crimea1854 » 06 Nov 2015 20:42

The 91st were certainly back in SA in April 1879 because they fought at The Battle of Gingindlovu.

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Re: Edward Charles Field

Postby mike snook » 06 Nov 2015 23:37

Indeed Martin, they sighted Table Mountain at noon on 12th March 1879 and disembarked at Durban on the 17th.

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