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Robert Stewart Fisher PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Fisher   
Monday, 08 August 2011 15:50

My great great uncle was Robert Stewart Fisher (also went by Stewart) born in Glasgow Scotland. He joined the Military around 1914 in the Glasgow area.

He married Helen Alexander Glenesk in 1914 and on the marriage certificate it had him as a Ship Steward. In 1919 he had a daughter (Doris) and on the birth register it has

Robert Stewart Fisher, Ship Steward, Sargent - 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.

What would a Ship Steward do, and where can I find service records and such for him.  Does anyone have information on the 2nd Battalion?


T Fisher, Canada

HLI in India PDF Print E-mail
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Written by lynne turner   
Monday, 01 August 2011 16:34

My great great grandfather was a pharmacist in HLI. I was wondering if they were in India around 1840's as I think his son was born there.

Also do people know if it it true that some of the army married Indian women? It would explain why we have dark skin!

I would appreciate any info.Thank you

Colour Sergeant James Meldrum 74th/HLI 3nd Battalion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fraser Parkinson   
Sunday, 31 July 2011 11:34

I am seeking information regarding an a family member.

My great great grandfather served with the 74th (no 1756) from Feb 1871 up to 1882 where he was transfered to the HLI 3rd Battalion (no 771) authorised Aug 10 1882. He was promoted to sergeant and then to colour sergeant.   He was a native of Aberdeen and recruited there.

His service in the 74th records him being in Gibralter, Malta, Straits Settlements and finally back to GB for the period  Feb 1878 to Feb 1892.

He was based at Hamilton Barracks for some of this time.  One of his daughters is recorded as being born at Hamilton Barracks.  He was married in Hamilton.

Can someone explain to me why he was based in Hamilton, which is the Cameronians base, and not in Glasgow.  I would also be interested in some description of  the 3rd battalion of HLI.

Any information would be fantastic and much appreciated.




Thomas Francis Murphy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Caroline Bonnar   
Saturday, 16 July 2011 03:13


I was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of where I could find my Great Grandfathers' Service records, I am unsure of a date of birth for him as he was born in Ireland and given his name it is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

On his second child's birth certificate it has his occupation as 5th Batt. Highland Light Infantry, but this is as far as I have got, I have tried searching through the military records on Ancestry, however I am unsure of how complete they are.

Any information would be greatly appreciate.


Kind regards

William Patrick Horne PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peter Sime   
Friday, 10 June 2011 09:21

I'm trying to find out a bit more about my great grandad's military history.  His name is William Patrick Horne.  I believe he was born in Galway, Ireland.  I understand that he enlisted in the 71st Highland Regiment on 25th June 1859 aged 19 and was discharged on 24th August 1880. I believe he served in India and was awarded an Indian Frontier Medal and Clasp.  Other than that, I'm not sure what rank he held and in which campaigns he may have served. 

He became a Chelsea pensioner in 1916 and died in the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1923.  If anybody could provide further information or suggest where I may look, I would be very grateful. 

Many thanks

Peter Sime

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