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WASTIE/SMITH - Press-ganged! UPDATE TO 2006 Thread

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WASTIE/SMITH - Press-ganged! UPDATE TO 2006 Thread

Posted: 21 Jul 2013 4:38AM GMT
Classification: Query

Unfortunately, I can't find the orginal thread in a format where I can add to it, so this is the link:

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/OXFORDSHIRE/20...

In case it's of any interest, I just thought I would post to say that all the relevant papers relating to this case (two young lads press-ganged in 1797 and released by order of the Admiralty as their family/friends fought their case) have now been located and the story is completely true. It seems that they were press-ganged in Fareham (Hampshire) and taken aboard HMS Robust.

The complete story appears in a 2011 edition of the Eynsham History Group's magazine.

Moral of the story - never (ever) give up!

Penny

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