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A birth at sea? Alfred BENNETT b. 19 July 1877, baptized in 1878 in Hulme

A birth at sea? Alfred BENNETT b. 19 July 1877, baptized in 1878 in Hulme

Posted: 23 Jan 2012 6:09PM GMT
Classification: Birth
Edited: 24 Jan 2012 2:07PM GMT
Surnames: BENNETT
From William Bennetts discharge papers:
- Regimental Board 108th Regt with service abraod, medals etc: dated 8 Nov 1875
- Detailed Statement of Services: until 7 feb 1876, "Further Service from 8 Feb 1876 - 22 Feb 1876 when finally discharged.
- The third page, medical report, nothing filled in, at the bottom: Discharged approved, Horse Guards 22 Feb 1876.
- Last page, details enlistment and final description: 1876, no date, Netley.

I found a birth of a Male Bennett on board the Northern Monarch. No parents registered.

I'm trying to find out where his son Alfred was born. He was baptized in 1878 in Hulme, his date of birth 19 July 1877, which is very late for a RC baptism and in this family. He wasn't born in Hulme, which makes me believe he was born somewhere between India and Manchester.

So, given the dates and places in the service record, is it possible the family (William, wife, at least 3 children) were on the way back to England in 1877?
If so, it's worth ordering the certificate, I suppose the parents will be on it.

Loes

Re: A birth at sea? Alfred BENNETT b. 19 July 1877, baptized in 1878 in Hulme

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 6:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
If he was born on board ship the event wuld have to be recorded in the Captain's Log. Might be worth trying to trace that - National Archives.

Re: A birth at sea? Alfred BENNETT b. 19 July 1877, baptized in 1878 in Hulme

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 7:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
National Archives a bit too far, I don't live in UK.
I found out by now that Alfred's father must have been back in England by feb 1876. So this birth won't be Alfred's.
Thanks for your reply anyway
Loes

Re: A birth at sea? Alfred BENNETT b. 19 July 1877, baptized in 1878 in Hulme

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 7:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Plenty on-line! You also may not know that "Netley" would inevitably mean the Netley Military Hospital. Netley itself was/is a dot on the map on the edge of Southampton Water which hardly existed until they built the hospital there specifically for the wounded from the Crimean War. The vast building, used by the Americans during WW2 was demolished some years ago but the records must be somewhere. I would guess either Hampshire County Archives or the Army Museum at Aldershot. It is possible that if he was in the hospital, either as patient or personnel, details of his family might be recorded.

Re: A birth at sea? Alfred BENNETT b. 19 July 1877, baptized in 1878 in Hulme

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 7:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Maybe the medicals at discharge were done by Netley doctors?
Someone had posted this (different board):

Times Wed 17 Jan 1876
The Jumna Indian Troopship ….arrived Portsmouth harbour yesterday morning ….from Bombay. The Jumna brought ….. (list of regiments) … 444 time-expired men and invalids, 53 women and 132 children, for conveyance to Netley.
(Naval and Military Intelligence)

I've got to see how I can get access to the Times archives online. Might have to wait until my next visit to England.

Loes
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