Where to find info on g/Grandparent who served in RHA?


Whereabouts would have records on members of RHA who served around 1910/1911??
Only have national census records from 1911, and no mention EVER in our family of his (my great-grandfather) service. Found completely by accident.

Ta v much


The MOD will not give you any information from that era. Ancestry is your best bet or publish his details here and those with access will see what we can find.


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pro under W/O ref. you can have a look on the internet before yo order up the papers for viewing when you visit . pm if you want a better explanation as its my wife who is the genealogist ( 20 year ) and she had HAC ancestors .

Personally I bloody hate the Royal Artillery , their ' corporate' structure is so complicated grin . We found photos of here reles in the Firepower museum by pure fluke .
The MOD will not give you any information from that era. Ancestry is your best bet or publish his details here and those with access will see what we can find.
This is a sound bit of advice, if you cant find anything let us know who you are looking for and one of us will look him up for you.
MOD etc wont help, the only place you can find out is either at Kew, free if you can get yourself there, or on Ancestry, as Old Baldy said some of us wil have access and can search for you, or you can join and search yourself.
The Royal Artillery musuem and archives "Firepower" might be able to help. The RHA wasn't that big in 1910-11 and had arpund 20 batteries. You might fiond something in the battery records.


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I don't know the dates covered (except, infuriatingly, a few months I wanted for my ggfather were missing) but Kew has runs of monthly Battery pay records which tell you who, what, where & how much. They are large folios so have to be accessed upstairs.
@Pteranodon, yea we have which battery he was from census. Nothing about when he left here to join though so fingers crossed some docs still survive.
Evening all,

Apologies for not getting back sooner. Research project lately so g/Granpop hunting had to wait.
@Sirbhp have PM'd you those details but just in case anyone else may have different avenues of approach, here are the details we have from UK 1911 census;

Rank: Gunner
Name: Patrick McCarthy
D.O.B.: 5 March 1890 - Cork, Ireland.

Ta very much, enjoy your Sunday beers
Don't suppose you have a Regimental number, do you? I've already found a slack handful of Irish-born McCarthys for around that period.

AL 1: was his birthplace St Annes? If so, I have him serving with 80th Bty Royal Field Artillery in India in 1911.
National Archives throws up 13 Patrick McCarthy Royal Field Artillery hits. Unfortunately, without a Regimental number, it will be difficult to narrow it down.

..........and, just to really stir the pot, if he served in WWI, it may NOT have been in the RA.
Proliferation of Paddies, got it.
Have his details from HM Prison Service years somewhere, may try retrace from there.
Leave it with me, will see what I can do and get back to you FourZeroCharlie.

Thanks again
A Patrick McCarthy, born in the Parish of St Annes and aged 21, enlisted in the Royal GARRISON Artillery (Reserve) at Cork on 4 Dec 1911.

.............which kinda flies in the face of the McCarthy who was in India in 1911.

I'll keep digging.

Does 25 Pauls Avenue, Cork mean anything? That was the address of his Mother and would seem to have been the family home.

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