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Please can anyone help find Thomas Records

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Ann Report 9 Jun 2013 22:23

Thomas Kay born 1833 in Edinburgh, I have him at home with parents in Edinburgh in 1841 & 1851, age 18, I haven't found him until

1881, Lodger Single, Chelsea Pensioner born Scotland. 1891 Boarder Single, Army Pensioner, born Edinburgh, Scotland. & 1901 head Single, Army pensioner born , Scotland . all Heston, Middlesex, England

Please is it possible for someone look for his army records,
Thank you,



Reggie Report 9 Jun 2013 22:41


First name(s): Thomas
Last name: KAY
Calculated year of birth: 1831
Parish of birth: St Johns
Town of birth: Edinburgh
County of birth: Midlothian
Age at attestation: 24 years

Attestation corps: Attestation soldier number:
Discharge rank: Pte
Discharge corps: 20th Hussars
Discharge soldier number: 420
The National Archives reference: WO97
There are 4 images available for this soldier

Discharged 22/8/1876

Four good conduct badges

Seven times in regimental defaulters book

One Court Martial

Promoted......... reaching as high as Sergeant.........and demoted back to private for being Drunk on Parade.

Served 15 yrs 11mths in East Indies

Civilian occupation : Brass finisher


Ann Report 9 Jun 2013 23:45

Thank you very much Reggie,
It could be him, there is no records of Thomas baptism, or any of his siblings, so I don't know where exactly he was born , in 1841 the family were living in Couls Close Canongate, by 1851 he was a an Blacksmith Apprentice, the time would fit in with what I have on him, his brother was also in the army , he was also drunk on Parade & went AWL & had a Court Martial. ]
Thank you,
Ann :-)


Ann Report 10 Jun 2013 22:40

Hello Reggie,
Sorry to bother you, please can you tell if it is not too much trouble, me where & when Thomas enlisted, also was it stated where he was discharged? one last thing, where did you find the info on Thomas.
Thank you,


Reggie Report 10 Jun 2013 23:22

Info found on FMP

Discharged Brighton

Enlisted Westminster


TootyFruity Report 10 Jun 2013 23:24

There is this possible baptism on


There was only this one in Edinburgh between 1831 and 1833


Ann Report 11 Jun 2013 00:42

Thank you very much Reggie, that is interesting as the lady he was lodging with in London in 1881 & 1891 was born in Brighton,[ she states she was married, but no husband with her] she also had a daughter born in Brighton in 1857.

Thank you Tooty, I did find that, some years ago I paid someone to search for the baptism of Thomas & his siblings, none were found, he only found the marriage of Thomas sister.

Thank you both,