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 Post subject: St. Bart's
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:08 pm 
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Browsing through the photo archive, I came to the only photo of a St. Bart's grave. the transcription isn't clear, but the fifth line seems quite clearly to say that Mr. Bannister served in the East India (regiment?/battalion?).

Hope this is of some use to someone!

In MEMORY of
JOHN Bannister of Colne
Pensioner who Served his
Majesty has a Soldier in the
East India 21 years and died
October 14th 1831 in the 50th
year of his age
Also of Margaret? wife of
George BANNISTER of Colne
Who died April 14th 1838 in the
57th year of her age.
Also of Jiohn, her son who
departed this life 16th Oct 1841
Aged 18 years


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 Post subject: Re: St. Bart's
PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:49 pm 
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This is the grave stone http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk/Gra ... nister.htm


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 Post subject: Re: St. Bart's
PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:44 pm 
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Yeah, that's where I spotted it - I was just correcting the transcription!


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 Post subject: Re: St. Bart's
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:24 pm 

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A minor refinement: the inscription reads "the East Indies" rather than "the East India".

My husband, David Frankland Harding, is the author of "Smallarms of the East India Company 1600-1856" (Foresight Books, 1997-99). He tells me that the expression "served His Majesty" suggests that John Bannister served in India in one or more regiments of the British Army proper, rather than serving in one of the East India Company's three Armies (Bengal, Madras, Bombay). At that time it was not unusual for a British Army regiment to be posted to India for about 20 years. When one regiment left India it was usual for the men to be given a chance to transfer to a regiment that was staying in India, if they wished (and many did), so John Bannister might have served in more than one regiment -- and this might be why his unit is not specified.

Both of us have ancestors who lived in Colne. David's were mostly Frankland stonemasons, working on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in the 1790s.

Ruth


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 Post subject: Re: St. Bart's
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:44 am 
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Hi Ruth, thanks for that.
When doing the transcriptions we transcribe what we see, even if this doesn't make sense, rather than what we think it should say.
It's great when the correct version is known though :)

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