First we visited the Hampshire Regiment Museum. My grandfather was a volunteer (territorial) in the regiment from 1900-1908, and I think my great grandfather was too, although I can find no record of his service. We also have a teaspoon at home inscribed Hampshire Regiment South Africa 1900-02 which suggests my grandfather went to the Boer War, but there is nothing else to suggest he did. And he was at home in 1901 for the census.
|Military school in the 1800s|
Here is a detail from the museum. My father remembers his grandfather having a portrait of himself as a redcoat in his house. He was a sergeant, and described as such when he entered rifle competitions for the Hampshire Regiment. Maybe he never went abroad???
After this, we drove to the Hampshire Records Office where both Ange and I wanted to do some research.
I found heaps of Tucker baptisms in Minstead parish in the 1600s and 1700s - seemed as though there were four brothers: William, Thomas, George and John - so I have plenty of puzzles to sort out.
I also looked at the Bramshaw parish records, and that was very disappointing. The records are on microfiche but the originals were really badly damaged by water, and as well as that, much of the handwriting was appalling.
|Street view near the cathedral.|
Paul is totally absorbed in the European Cup at the moment, and is VERY excited - England is playing Sweden right now, leading 1-0 - and I've been turfed out of "my bedroom", with my mattress upended so he can watch the match on the big screen.
Paul is a Southampton supporter (soccer of course) and goes to matches whenever they are playing at home. He's always writing letters to the chairman about access issues, and lack of invitations for disabled members to attend lunch with the chairman!
Tomorrow I'm off to Dorchester by train to meet another distant cousin who helped me with research.