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Free Access to Military Records on Ancestry {today only}

Did you know today commemorate 100 years since British tanks were first deployed at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette during the First World War?

For one day only Ancestry is giving us free access to their UK military records, but only until midnight.

The Military records include millions of service records, medal records, casualty lists and other Army records and Navy records.

Hacker, Benjamin (1805-1890)

1805 born in Broad Hinton and christened in St Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

1831 married Elizabeth Church at St Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton

1841 Census, age 36, occupation Tailor, Broad Hinton

1851 Census, age 46, occupation Tailor-Master, Broad Hinton

1855 Post Office Directory of Wiltshire records his occupation: baker and shopkeeper in Broad Hinton

1859 Post Office Directory of Wiltshire records his occupation: shopkeeper in Broad Hinton

1861 Census, age 56, occupation: Master tailor and grocer, Broad Hinton

1867 Kelly’s Directory of Wiltshire records his occupation as shopkeeper, Broad Hinton

1871 Census, age 66, baker and grocer, Marlborough Road, Broad Hinton
1875 Post Office Directory of Hampshire, including the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire & Dorsetshire / ed. by E. R. Kelly. Occupation listed as shopkeeper, Broad Hinton

1881 Census age 76 Baker and Grocer (Master Employing Son),living The Street, Broad Hinton, Wiltshire

1890 year of death

Young, Alfred Mansel (1895-1916)

1895 born Southsea

1901 Census living at 2 Woodland Cott, Woodland St, Portsmouth
age 5, born Southsea, Hants
1911 census, occupation: Assistant Bottling Stores, Brewery                                                   living 9 Graig, Newcastle Hill, Bridgend

Enlisted in Bridgend, Glamorganshire in late 1914
No. 14165
Served with the 5th Battalion of the South Wales Borderers (local regiment to the Bridgend area).
Killed in Action, France and Flanders (the official battlefield designation) 24 July 1916
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France

Not mentioned in the War Diary or the Regimental History

Name is in the Book of Honour at Llandaff Cathedral, Wales.

Name is on the Bridgend War Memorial

Soldiers Effects Records:
No Probate Record

Winchcombe, Robert Charles (1876-1956)

Born in 1876 at Canney Cottages, Chiseldon, Wilts (one cottage out of four)

1881 Census, age 5, scholar, living at Draycott Foliatt, Wiltshire

1891 Census – age 15, agricultural labourer, living at Draycott Foliatt, Wiltshire

1901  Census, age 24, General Labourer at Railway Works. Single.                                     Boarder at 40 Haydon Street, Swindon.

1911 Census, age 34, general labourer, Locomotive Department Railway Company, living in Chiseldon, Swindon

1915 married Florence Lawrence at St Paul’s Church (now demolished), Swindon

Date of death: 1956

Worked for Great Western Railway, Swindon, as a Storekeeper.

Benger, George 1838-1896

George Benger was born in 1838 in Portsmouth. Early details about his life come from census returns:

1841 Census Nobbs Lane, Portsmouth (age 2)

1851 Census, Mill Lane, Forton, Alverstoke (age 11) scholar

1861 Census – not found

1871 Census – not found

According to Army records he was on the Duke of Wellington between 1 January 1873 until 13 October 1873, then HMS Active On the Gold Coast from 14th November 1873 to the 5 March 1874. He was awarded a medal for his role in The Anglo-Ashanti Wars.

1881 Census, age 42, Retailer of Ale Beer and Porter, living at The Willow Tree, Alverstoke, Hampshire

1891 Census, age 52, Beer Retailer, the Willow Tree, Beer House

Probate record: George Benger of the ‘Willow Tree’ beerhouse Forton-Road Gosport, Alverstoke, Hants, beerhouse keeper died 15 February 1896. Probate London 2 April to Caroline Benger widow and James Smith Contractor; sagent. Effects £42 15s 3d.

Duncan, George (1837-1903?)

One of the interesting characters in my family was George Duncan, originally from Canada, born 24 October 1837. Between 1862(?)-1866 he attended McGill College, Montreal where he graduated in 1866 with a MD [Medicinae Doctor(Doctor of Medicine)].

At some point he moved to the UK as on the 05/02/1867 he received the College Licentiateship from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh then had a career in the Army as 1/10/1867 Assistant Surgeon on the Staff of the Army Medical Department, 6/1/1877 Placed on half pay (temporary reserve) and 6/7/1878 reserve.

On the 1871 Census he can be found at 13 Alfred Place, St Giles, London, age 30, lodger, unmarried, Staff Assistant Surgeon Army Medical Department, Graduate McGill College, Canada, and Licentiate Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Edinburgh.

1871 The Medical Register
registered 1867 Feb 9
residence Montreal, Canada

1875 The Medical Register
registered 1867 Feb 9
residence Staff Assistant Surgeon, Army

Around 1878 or 1879 he got married to Ada Young and they went on to have three children.

1879 The Medical Register
registered 1867 Feb 9
residence Fareham, Hants

On the 1881 Census he is living at 4 Cleopatra Terrace, Portsea
age 38, born Montreal, Canada, occupation Licentiate Royal College Of P & L Edinburgh, Physician& Surgeon.

1883 The Medical Register
registered 1867 Feb 9
residence Landport, Portsmouth, Hants

1887 The Medical Register
registered 1867 Feb 9
residence Landport, Portsmouth, Hants

1891 The Medical Register
registered 1867 Feb 9
residence Landport, Portsmouth, Hants

On the 1891 Census he is at 153 Sultan Road, Portsea, age 49, occupation Physician and Surgeon, neither employed nor unemployed.

He is listed in the 1898 The Medical Directory at 104 Kingston Road, Portsmouth
M.D., C.M., McGill, 1866, LRCP Edin., LRCS Edin., 1867, late Surg. Army

1899 The Medical Register
registered 1867 Feb 9
residence Landport, Portsmouth, Hants.

On the 1901 Census he is at 9 Norham Avenue, Shirley, Southampton, age 62, widow, Physician and Surgeon, working on own account.

He is not listed in 1903 or later Register

Date or place of death not known