Information on William’s Regiments

July 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

As I have been doing research on my gg grandfather William Hall, I have gathered quite a bit of information on his military service in India from 1857 to 1877. The first items I had were the birth records (from LDS) for his four children born in India, Thomas born on April 24, 1866, in Bangalore, James born on July 3, 1968, in Secunderabad, Jane Isabella born on May 22, 1871, in Port Blair, and  Florence Edith born on May 15, 1874, in Bangalore. Florence Edith (Ada) died on September 27, 1876, in Wellington.

I also knew that William had been in the 69th Regiment of Foot from 1854 to 1863, in the 66th Regiment of Foot 1864, in the 2nd Battalion 10th Regiment of Foot from 1865 to 1871, and in the 89th Regiment of Foot from 1871 until he left India. I got this information from his Chelsea pension papers that I found on Find My Past UK.

My first assumption was that William had been stationed in the places where his children had been born, among others, but I didn’t know what these others were. Then I learned of a wonderful military research tool from an extremely kind and helpful member of RootsWeb’s India List. It is called the Nafziger Collection of Orders of Battle. This collection was started by George Nafziger as an aid to war gamers, and it consists of over 7000 pdfs of orders of battle from all over the world from 1700 to 1945. It contains original archival documents, most broken down to the regimental level. George Nafziger donated his collection to the United States Army  I could now look up the locations of the regiments that William served in for his whole military career. What a treasure!

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