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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62724

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Indeed, very clearly, two completely different people, so apart from just a name, what was it that made you think he was your own grandfather?


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Frank Kelley wrote: Interestingly, WO97 also suggests that he was actually born in Hammersmith, I wonder if we are talking about two different people.


My Grandad was definately born January 1885 in Norwich Frank, so I think your man is a different person but thank you for looking

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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62725

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My Father told me that Charles George was involved in this war, he obviously wasnt. Im not an expert in researching military, a complete amateur in fact.
Sorry to waste your time

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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62726

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Not a waste of time. Every day is a school day. We enjoy the intellectual exercise of research. If we've helped you that is enough for us.
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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62728

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I quite agree with Volunteer Peter. A new member to the site can only ask questions based on the data he has been given. No shame in being an amateur - oddly enough, we all started out that way! Take the setback on your chin, keep digging.
All the best in your quest.
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Charles George Francis 8 months 1 week ago #62731

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Well, I don't think you have wasted anyone's time, certainly not mine, you know if you do not ask, you do not get, I was just interested when I looked at Francis because of the differences between him and your own grandfather, based upon the information you had given.

You could certainly attest before a local worthy to join the Army, you could lie about your age and place of birth, you could even blag your way into the Depot the following day, be given a bed in the Receiving Room for the night.

However the day after, the one thing that a fourteen year old boy could not do would be to convince the doctor who examined him, that his age was physically equivalent to a man of twenty years of age, which Francis was.
Although, in reality, a fourteen year did not have to go to all that trouble anyway, he could still join the Army, the Cavalry or Royal Engineers for example quite openly and deliberately, a great many did, but, to be appointed a Private in the Infantry was another matter altogether.

Wayne64 wrote: My Father told me that Charles George was involved in this war, he obviously wasnt. Im not an expert in researching military, a complete amateur in fact.
Sorry to waste your time

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