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Searching for Alfred Gammon's death circa 1857

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Caroline Report 26 Dec 2012 16:52

I'm looking for what happened to Alfred Gammon born 1832 Boxley/Hollingbourne in Kent. Father was Edward Gammon and mother Elizabeth Parker. I have him in the census of 1841 with siblings Frederick, Ann, Emma and his parents. In 1851 he is an agricultural labourer at Harp Farm, Boxley. In 1855 he enlisted into the Royal Marines at Chatham, though I don't know what regiment he went into. Apparently he was discharged in 1857 as dead according to his attestation papers, but I can't find a death for him.

Any assistance gratefully received and thanks in advance!


K Report 26 Dec 2012 17:04

Could he have died at sea somewhere and no cert was ever issued?


K Report 26 Dec 2012 17:27

This probably is too late for him but no date is given beside the actual entry

UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 about Alfred Gammon
Name: Alfred Gammon
Medal or Award: China Medal
Service Year: 1856-1860
Service Location: China
Campaign or Service: Second China War
Ship Name: Calcutta


Flip Report 26 Dec 2012 17:38

The second China war started in 1856 I believe, so you may not be too far off the mark K.


Caroline Report 26 Dec 2012 17:45

Actually that could explain things! The date is possible too. He wouldn't have been the first to die at sea, his brother Frederick did too.

Thanks for that, definitely something to pursue.


Flip Report 26 Dec 2012 17:55

If K's find is correct try looking at National archives for him as a crew member on the Calcutta - I think a number of the crew died in Guangzhou, China. The war was also called the second opium war!


Caroline Report 26 Dec 2012 21:58

Thanks, I've just trawled the National Archives website for the Calcutta and have found the ships musters and log books, so hopefully there might be something in those :-)