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Smethwaite Surname Ancestry Results

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National ArchivesBritish merchant seamen (1835-1836)
At this period, the foreign trade of ships plying to and from the British isles involved about 150,000 men on 15,000 ships; and the coasting trade about a quarter as many more. A large proportion of the seamen on these ships were British subjects, and so liable to be pressed for service in the Royal Navy; but there was no general register by which to identify them, so in 1835 parliament passed a Merchant Seamen's Registration Bill. Under this act this large register of British seamen was compiled, based on ships' crew lists gathered in British and Irish ports, and passed up to the registry in London. Each seaman was assigned a number, and the names were arranged in the register by first two letters of the surname (our sample scan shows one of the pages for 'Sm'); in addition, an attempt was made to separate out namesakes by giving the first instance of a name (a), the second (b), and so on. But no effective method was devised to prevent the same man being registered twice as he appeared in a second crew list; moreover, the original crew lists were clearly difficult for the registry clerks to copy, and some of the surname spellings appear to be corrupted. A parliamentary committee decided that the system devised did not answer the original problem, and this register was abandoned after less than two years: but it is an apparently comprehensive source for British merchant seamen in 1835 to 1836. The register records the number assigned to each man; his name; age; birthplace; quality (master, captain, mate, 2nd mate, mariner, seaman, fisherman, cook, carpenter, boy &c.); and the name and home port of his ship, with the date of the crew list (usually at the end of a voyage). Most of the men recorded were born in the British Isles, but not all (for instance, Charleston and Stockholm appear in the sample scan). The final column 'How disposed of' is rarely used, and indicates those instances where a man died, was discharged, or deserted his ship during the voyage.

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British merchant seamen
National ArchivesOutstanding soldiers of the Prince of Wales' Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) (1881-1901)
Each year the best soldiers of the regiment were chosen for long service and good conduct medals. This register gives rank, name, regimental number, and date of recommendation. (The sample scan is from the East Surrey regiment). The register is essentially a register of recommendations, annotated with details of the issue of the medals. Where no gratuity accompanied the medal, the entry is marked 'W. G.' (without gratuity); where, for one reason or another, the medal was not issued, the entry is marked 'N. S.' (not sanctioned) and struck through. The regiment was based on the 100th Regimental District - Birr. The 1st battalion embarked for India 7 October 1877, and by 1885 was stationed at Fyzabad. It returned from India 13 December 1894 and in 1895 was at Tipperary. A detachment was dispatched to Ashanti. In 1898 it was moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 1900 to South Africa, where it added "South Africa, 1900-1902" to the regimental honours. The 2nd battalion returned from India in December 1877, and in 1885 was at Birr. It embarked for Malta 9 November 1894, was moved from there to Bermuda in 1895; to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1897; to Jamaica in 1898; to Barbados in 1898; and to South Africa in 1901, where it helped gain the South African honours, and was still based at Middelburg in the Transvaal in 1906.

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Outstanding soldiers of the Prince of Wales' Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians)

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