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Charles May 3 weeks 3 days ago #60254

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Trying to find a photograph of my great grandfather Charles May. Found a charles may listed as a trooper . Says number 465, 1kfs. Kitchener fighting scouts. Can't be sure that it's the correct Charles May​ but worth a shot. He was in the boer war 1899-1902 for sure I know that.

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Charles May 3 weeks 3 days ago #60259

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Charles,

There are a few C May's in the Boer War

C May 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles
C May 1st Volunteer Battalion Northamptonshire
C May 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment
C May 1st Battalion Royral Dublin Fusiliers
C May 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade
C May 1st Kitchener's Fighting Scouts
C May Cape Railway Sharpshooters
C A May Army Ordnance Corps
C E May St. John Ambulance Brigade
C F May Royal Army Medical Corps
C F May Johannesburg Mounted Rifles
C J May 10th Royal Hussars
C J May 20th Hussars
C M N May Civil Surgeons
C W May 59th Oxford Squadron Imperial Yeomanry
Charles May Kitchener's Fighting Scouts
Charles F May Johannesburg Mounted Rifles
Charles Montague Neale May Royal Army Medical Corps
Chas May Bushveldt Carbineers Later Pietersburg Horse
Chas May 1st Scottish Horse
Chas May South African Light Horse

Do you have any other details about him?

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Charles May 3 weeks 2 days ago #60284

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Born Dec 19 1872 in bishops Waltham, Hampshire, England but he wrote 1869 on one record , maybe because when he first joined to get in at 16. I was able to find records in Canada when he joined the Canadian army for WW1 (he came here in 1913) that give some detail of his past in England. He fought in India ,must have been a Burmese war because he had a Burmese tattoo. Fought in South African war and world war 1. On his Canadian records it says he had 13 years experience in England , Garrison, mountain , field and horse artillery​. His obituary says he was in the 135th regiment as quarter master sergeant​. Then was transferred in England to a highland regiment. Moved to Canada in 1913. Enlisted for WW1 in the 135th regiment as drill sergeant and went overseas. wars before the great war was when he was in England. I don't know if the 135th that was first mentioned obituary was the same one as the one he was in later or a different one or if they made a mistake. Any other details that might help let me know. I have a picture of him when he was a old man so I do know what he looks like to compare to any photos you might find. Be nice to find one of him in uniform as a younger man. I'm guessing the number assigned to him in Canada wouldn't be the same as in England? I do have that as well.

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Charles May 1 week 4 days ago #60464

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I found his regiment number etc. 66333 Gunner, royal horse artillery unit 6. Also others written- staff 2nd brigade division royal horse artillery. Also seen royal field artillery, 1st class army reserve section 13 or "b" can't tell if it's a 13 or b. Staff Royal horse artillery "a" dep. Field artillery reserve. If anyone can help find photos I'd appreciate it.thanks.

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