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Barbara Report 15 Dec 2012 19:09

Hi everyone, Can anyone tell me which is the best web site to look on for army records please. Also how do I find an overseas birth please. Many thanks, Barbara


Gins Report 15 Dec 2012 19:32

You could try

Ancestry and Find My Past


George_of_Westbury Report 15 Dec 2012 19:33

Depends on the timescale and the sort of records you are wanting.

If you state what is the timescale you are looking for, you can be advised further.

There are military records on GR/Find my Past, but there are others. but not free if that is what you are wanting.

Military deaths for both World wars can be found on this site this one is free



trailertrash Report 15 Dec 2012 20:31

you could also try you can search the site freely but if you want any specific details, you have to join and pay. you could try this site for your overseas birth.


Barbara Report 15 Dec 2012 22:13

Thankyou everyone for all your help it was very useful. George, The timescale I am looking for is 1870-1920. The Person I am looking for is Thomas James Wharton (alias Wynne which is probably what any army records name will be in). He was in the 13th Hussars. Kind Regards, Barbara


Reggie Report 15 Dec 2012 22:41

Ancestry has WW1 records...........but don't forget that at least 70% were destroyed during WW2

For earlier records you need the National Archives site

FMP has overseas births of British citizens


Reggie Report 15 Dec 2012 22:44

When and where was the man born?

If you hope that someone will look for info, your need to give all the details

Although anyone who served in 1870 would not still be serving in 1920..........


George_of_Westbury Report 15 Dec 2012 22:45

Found this one under the name Wynne, but it would also help if you know birthplace, and is the 1870 his birth? and any info you know.

British Army Service Records 1760-1915 Transcription
Print Close First name(s): Thomas
Last name: WYNNE
Calculated year of birth: 1859
Parish of birth: Wheatley
Town of birth: Oxford
County of birth: Oxfordshire
Age at attestation: 21 years
Attestation date: 28 February 1880
Attestation corps: 13th Hussars
Attestation soldier number: 1947
Discharge rank:
Discharge corps:
Discharge soldier number:
The National Archives reference: WO97 / 4223 / 150

There are five pages to this record.



Stuart Report 15 Dec 2012 22:51

Possibly related to this thread?


Reggie Report 15 Dec 2012 23:01

Thanks, Stuart.........

From the other thread...............which is 'marked as answered'

Hi can anyone do me a death lookup please for Thomas James Wynne. He married Lily Lathan on the 15/Nov/1886. He was born about 1859 and was in the 13th Hussars. He was married in Colchester and the certificate says he was in barracks at the time of the marriage and aged 27. I also know he was in Scotland while in the 13th Hussars but I can find no record of his death. Many thanks, Barbara


Stuart Report 15 Dec 2012 23:16

It would have been better to have stuck to the original thread and asked there for this help, (having first unmarked the thread as answered)

From record that George found -
Attested February 1880. 21 years of age. Born parish of Wheatley, Oxford. Shoeing Smith by trade.
Discharged as Farrier Sergeant Feb 1892 at Cork
Home 26 Feb 1880 - 13 Dec 1880
East Indies 14 Dec 1880 - 25 MAr 1881
S. Afghanistan 26 Mar 1881 - 7 Nov 1881
East Indies 8 Nov 1881 - 13 Nov 1884
South Africa 14 Nov 1884 - 4 Nov 1885
Home 5 NOv 1885 - 25 Feb 1892

NoK PArents James and Emma, brother William, Sister Teresa of Staunton St John, Wheatley, Nr Oxford
MArried to Lily MAria Latham. Colchester. 15th November 1886


Stuart Report 15 Dec 2012 23:42

Have copied and pasted relevant details of this thread onto the original one to keep in context.


Barbara Report 16 Dec 2012 13:12

Shall I delete this one then Stuart. I am not very familiar with threads lol. Just know how to ask a question and add a reply. Kind Regards, Barbara


Reggie Report 16 Dec 2012 13:25

When you post a question, you create a thread.

Site guidelines state.............. 'one thread per topic'

Have you followed up on the advice posted about where to look?

And please re-think the time-scale........

Have you looked for/found his wife's death?


Barbara Report 16 Dec 2012 13:37

Hi Reggie,Yes, I have started a 14 day free trial with find my past but so far have not had any luck. Thomas James Wynne married Lily Lathan on the 15/11/1886 so would have been born about 1859-1860. We think he was born Thomas James Wharton and for some reason changed his name to Wynne although why we don't know. On his marriage certificate his father's name is James Wynne who is a labourer. On various census, some say that Lily is Wynne wife and also the children are Wynne son or daughter. It's all very strange. Kind Regards, Barbara