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Offline geoffct

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robert james whiteside
« on: November 13, 2008, 04:24:12 PM »
Hello

This is a 1st post on behalf of my mother. She is looking for information on her father and grandfather both of whom served in the Manchester Reg.

My mother's father Robert James Whiteside, born in barracks in Pembroke? possibly served as a drummer boy in the Boer War. Married a Julia Mary Bruton, possibly serving in Ireland as she was from Mullingar.

My mother's grandfather also Robert James Whiteside served in the Crimea (was the Manchesters formed then?) was married to Julia? Sheenan.

Any small bit of information would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Geoff

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Re: robert james whiteside
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2008, 08:15:19 PM »
hi geoff

and welcome to the group

the crimea was prior to the formation of the regiment so i don't think we can help there but i will transfer this to the boer war section to see if any of our experts on that period can be of any help to you

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Re: robert james whiteside
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008, 09:41:56 PM »
One of the Manchesters predecessor regiments, the 63rd Foot, was in the Crimea.
Although they had no Manchester connection at that time, they were actually the 63rd (West Suffolk) Regt

I'll check the Crimea roll for you

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Re: robert james whiteside
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2008, 09:54:49 PM »
Hi Geoff

Welcome to the forum.
Found this Mic I think it might be your mothers father. ???

He was in the 2ndBn and had the 1914 star

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Re: robert james whiteside
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2008, 10:30:42 PM »
Robert was in the 2nd Bn for the Boar War.

5514 Pte R.Whiteside
Queens South Africa Medal (QSA)
with the following clasps:
Wittebergen
Transvaal
Cape Colony

He also as the Kings South Africa Medal (KSA)
With clasps:
1901
1902

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Re: robert james whiteside
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2008, 10:39:39 PM »
A man with a lot of history :)

I can't see a service record for him on Ancestry at the moment.

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Re: robert james whiteside
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 04:21:23 PM »
Many thanks for your replies and help.

I believe my grandfather was born in/around 1875, so if he was a drummer boy it would have been in the first Boer war, were the Manchesters involved ?

Is there any information on drummer boys anywhere, ie names, ages etc

My mother Barbara believes she was named after General Freyberg's wife, was her father one of his staff in some way?

Hope you can help again.

Geoff

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Re: robert james whiteside
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2008, 04:41:30 PM »
Long before he was a General, Lieutenant Colonel B C Freyberg VC CMG DSO  commanded 1st Manchesters from 3 February 1929 to 6 March 1931.  If your Grandfather was serving in the battalion at that time then that could easily be the reason why your Mother was named after Mrs F.
Robert