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From: "Fred" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] The Camp - Colchester, First Ward, St. Botolph, Essex
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 09:02:04 +0100
40% of the British Army were Irishmen. The regiment could have been serving
there. The casualty returns for the Crimean War show the names of the 44th
Foot (an Essex Regiment) as strongly Irish the regiment having been there
for 20 years. There was a tradition of the Rifle Regiments (the 60th and the
95th) having been recruited in London and this still holds to a lesser
extent. Quote " 4th BATTALION - This, the latest of several successive
Fourth Battalions, was raised at Winchester in July, 1857. It embarked with
other reinforcements for North America in the Great Eastern, at the time of
the Trent* difficulty, and remained in that country until 1861 when it came
home from Nova Scotia."
If your man joined as a youngster he could have had the Crimean War medal
(lists at the National Archive at Kew) and personal records at the same
place - Attestation papers, Pension papers etc. Kew is online (as TNA) and
they have made soldiers records much easier by putting them in alphabetical
order. There are histories of the KRRC in many larger libraries.
Hope this helps.
The Essex Family Historian.
From: Amanda Clifford [mailto:]
Sent: 11 September 2007 01:20
Subject: [Ess] The Camp - Colchester, First Ward, St. Botolph, Essex
In searching for someone on the 1871 census, I came across an entry that I
would like to investigate further.
The individual was listed at The Camp in the First Ward of Colchester, St.
It appears that this was a military camp for the Kings Royal Rifle Corps -
the 4/60th -
I am wondering if anyone knows how I can obtain more information about this
camp and in particular, any potential military records for the person in
question (Edward CLIFFORD b. approx. 1838 in Ireland, listed as unmarried,
I'm especially interested in how and why an Irishman wound up serving in
This area of research in this geographical location is new to me so any
suggestions greatly appreciated.