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Interesting or Odd, Trades and Occupations of Our Men and Women 1 month 14 hours ago #66802

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Good Evening Everyone:

I thought we had a thread about the Interesting and or Odd, Trades and Occupations from the Enlistment, Discharge or 1901 Census of the Men and Women that we have in our collections..... But after looking for a long time I could not find it so therefor I guess I will start and hope that everyone will follow on.....

A medal that I just rec'd today:
3188 PRIVATE ERNEST CHARLES HENRY WILLIAMS, 4th (QUEEN'S OWN) HUSSARS, CAPE COLONY.
Occupation on Discharge: ATTENDANT FOR THE INSANE

I also had a medal to the Imperial Yeomanry where his trade on enlistment: REGIMENTAL BARBER, NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE

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Interesting or Odd, Trades and Occupations of Our Men and Women 4 weeks 1 day ago #66808

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I don't have any medals, but from contemporary newspaper reports here are some occupations: -

James Pitts V.C. was a weaver prior to enlisting (his father was an umbrella maker).

Alexander Kelly, a reservist of the 1st Scots Guards, was a plain-clothes policeman at Liverpool.

Allen Edmondson, Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry, was a hay and straw dealer.

James E. Culeen, also of the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry, was "a capable horseman, to which his former circus life has contributed."
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Interesting or Odd, Trades and Occupations of Our Men and Women 4 weeks 6 hours ago #66832

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I have been working on a Wepener biography this morning for George Murphy, Royal Scots:

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Interesting or Odd, Trades and Occupations of Our Men and Women 4 weeks 5 hours ago #66833

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Just continuing George Murphy's biography, he served for 18 years (before enlisting in 1915 for the Great War) and had a single entry in the Defaulter's Book in that time but it was a notable exception



Drunk in the Sergeants' Mess after 10 pints or is that 10pm?
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