Dis­charge doc­u­ment, 1816

Dis­charge doc­u­ments can tell you a lot about your an­ces­tor. Those dated 1760–1854 are listed on TNA’s cat­a­logue. The doc­u­ments them­selves aren’t there, but should be on An­ces­try or Find­my­past

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ARMY ANCESTORS -

1 REG­I­MENT DIS­CHARGED FROM

in this case the 2nd Bat­tal­ion of the 89th Foot.

2 SOL­DIER’S NAME

John Har­ris. Only rarely is there more than one first name quoted.

3 NAME OF PAR­ISH BORN IN

Par­ish, clar­i­fied by the name of near­est large town or its county.

4 REA­SON FOR DIS­CHARGE

Here it’s due to the re­duc­tion of the bat­tal­ion (it’s 1816 and the war’s over) but it’s more usu­ally be­ing wounded, sick or ‘worn out’ ie un­fit through age.

5 THE CORPS

(or Reg­i­ments served in) and be­tween which dates.

6 RANKS HELD AND FOR HOW LONG

John Har­ris was only a pri­vate but could have reached Sergeant Ma­jor.

7 LENGTH OF TIME SERVED

in the East or West Indies (where ser­vice counted dou­ble be­cause of risk of ill­ness).

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