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.
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