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George MATTHEWS, photo is taken in Quetta, possibly died in India / Pakistan in 1912

George MATTHEWS, photo is taken in Quetta, possibly died in India / Pakistan in 1912

Posted: 26 Jan 2013 10:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Jan 2013 2:18PM GMT
Hi all, I'm very excited as I've found a photo of one of my relatives, but I'm having trouble trying to find anything else about him, I've been searching through the military records but come up with nothing, so I'm wondering if anyone can help by identifying the uniform he is wearing?

He is George Matthews, my great grand uncle, the photo is taken in Quetta (which according to Google is in Pakistan) and the only other piece of information I know is he possibly died in India / Pakistan in 1912.

Be grateful if anyone can add anything.

Regards

Paul
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Re: George MATTHEWS, photo is taken in Quetta, possibly died in India / Pakistan in 1912

Posted: 7 Feb 2013 2:45AM GMT
Classification: Death
Edited: 7 Feb 2013 3:21PM GMT
Firstly don’t forget that Pakistan didn’t exist until British India was partitioned in 1947.

There’s no positively identifiable regimental or rank insignia in the picture, but the Sam Brown belt suggests an officer; having said that a specialist badge on his lower sleeve isn’t the norm for an army officer.

Did he have any other given names and do you have his year and place of birth?

There are a few G Matthews deaths at sea but only one G Mathews who died in India around that time you mentioned who’s listed in the GRO Index to Army Returns of Deaths.

Name: Matthews, George
Station : Fyzabad; Year: 1912; Page: 168
Age at death: 22

Using the above reference you can order a copy of the return entry from the GRO Southport, by post, telephone or online see http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/default.asp and click on contact us (RH list) for address and phone details.

Re: George MATTHEWS, photo is taken in Quetta, possibly died in India / Pakistan in 1912

Posted: 8 Feb 2013 5:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for that, as far as I know, he was George Matthews from birth, born about 1883, Snettisham, Norfolk.

Regards

Paul
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