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Royal Artillery 1815 .. to 1840

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Serena Report 24 Sep 2012 14:06

I have just found my gggg grand father John Trentham Farnsworth was in 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment Artillery

He was b 1798 Ilkeston, Derbyshire and signed up sept 1815 in Southwell
I have found his medical records from 1840 when he was discharged due to ill health.The family returned to Ilkeston

His children were born in Gibraltar, Gurnsey and Woolwich
He was also serving in Corfu
I cann't find any records of his marriage to Elizabeth which i think would have been in Gibraltar early 1820's [ she was born Gibraltar 1801 ] His childrens records are listed in milatary births.

Can any body help with the history of this regiment ? Why would he be be in Corfu ? Would his wife move around with him ?

Any help would be most appriciated


Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 24 Sep 2012 14:19

Not what you asked for, but perhaps the correct family...?

Name: Frances Ann Farnsworth
Record Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 31 Mar 1828 ............born 14 March
Father's Name: John Farnsworth ..........Gunner, Royal Artillery
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Farnsworth
Parish or Poor Law Union: Woolwich St Mary Magdalene
Borough: Greenwich
Register Type: Parish Registers

Family lived at Barrack Court



George_of_Westbury Report 24 Sep 2012 14:27

Do you have these records??? Or are they the ones you have from FMP, Mainly medical records so these are most likely the ones you have

Army Service Records 1760-1915
First name(s): John Trentham


Calculated year of birth: 1798

Parish of birth: Ilkestone

Town of birth:

County of birth: Derbyshire

Age at attestation: 17 years

Attestation date: 26 September 1815

Attestation corps:

Attestation soldier number:

Discharge rank:

Discharge corps: Royal Artillery

Discharge soldier number:

The National Archives reference: WO97 / 1227 / 47

There are 10 images available for this soldier

As you can see there are 10 pages on this record, if you dont have this info i can send you the images by PM



George_of_Westbury Report 24 Sep 2012 14:40

Re Corfu

In those days Corfu was a Brtish protectorate therefore British forces were stationed there.



George_of_Westbury Report 24 Sep 2012 14:47

If you want to know more about the Royal Artillery, try looking on this might have to register but it is free



Serena Report 24 Sep 2012 15:19

Hi Gwyn , Thank you,
Frances was their 3rd child, she is listed on some census as being born in Guernsey
John b 1823 Gibraltar, William b 1825 Gibraltar, Hannah b 1830 Guernsey [ my ggg grandmother ], and Frederick 1832 Gurnsey

The family is very difficult to find as they keep listing birth place differently !!



Serena Report 24 Sep 2012 15:20

Thank you those are the records i have found

I will look into the site you mention

Thank You


RolloTheRed Report 24 Sep 2012 17:12

Corfu and the Ionian Islands came under British rule after the defeat of the French at Waterloo. The islands were ceded to Greece in 1864. During nearly 50 years of British rule the islands were garrisoned.

Quite often army children were registered in Woolwich, Sheerness, Dover etc. even when the birth had been in Malta, CI, Gib, Fort George or even Japan etc etc. Thus the census and BMD register can be way out of wack.


Serena Report 24 Sep 2012 21:29

I have sent for Hannah's birth certificate so will be interesting to see where she was actually born !

I have registed on the Royal Artillery site, waiting for aceptence before i can ask questions on the forum

Thank you for all the info