Posts : 11
Join date : 2021-11-22
Location : Auckland, New Zealand
|Subject: Tpr. CH Meares (152), Natal Mounted Rifles - KIA Isandhlwana Mon Feb 21, 2022 8:00 am|| |
Firstly, a massive thank you to those generous experts who have helped with information on my great great grandfather in my other postings. This has added both invaluable pieces to the jigsaw as well as opened new lines of enquiry.
One such line of enquiry (opened by Frank Allewell) led me to the PMB archive and a researcher who sent me copies of various documents held there. Among these was a letter from CH Meares, a (successful) application in fact for employment as constable and messenger. Pre-NMR. In this letter, a revelation! He references his discharge from "Her Majesty's Royal Artillery". Also included; a supporting note stating "Conduct 'Very Good' In Possession of two good conduct badges."
(Side note. To those who helped me with my mystery Hussar photograph taken after 1881 - who coincidentally had two good conduct stripes - I will confess to a moments wavering of faith...!
Firstly, a request: Where would I be likely to find attestation details for the Royal Artillery? Any pointers would be useful, as well as any further information you may have on Tpr CH Meares.
Secondly, an offer: If any members have a particular interest in the men as individuals, the NMR, or are researching from this from that point of view, and would like copies of any of the documents I have, please don't hesitate to ask. Some documents include content from Major Dartnell, referencing his enquiry and efforts to have the pensions of the two widows, White and Meares, paid out. It took a pitifully long time...