soxybob wrote:Hi I am a new member and I am trying to find out when The Royal Berkshire's were stationed in Ireland, I have recently found out that my ancestors had an unbroken record of service in The Royal Berkshires, it would seem that my family, whose name is Boshell came originally from France, and I had always thought that they ended up in Ireland when the French invaded in 1798, however it seems that they went to England from France and that my immediate family,(father, grandfather,) were born in Ballina, Co. Mayo.My greatgrandfather was a Quartermaster Sergeant in The Royal Berkshires I am guessing sometime in the mid 1800's he married my greatgrandmother Bridget McLaughlin but I don't know if that is when the Irish connection was established or if it was before hence trying to find the dates that they were stationed there . Would be very grateful for any information, Thanks, Sheila
soxybob wrote:Hello JF42 and Frogsmile, Thank you both for your very helpful replies, I will follow this up, and thanks Frogsmile for simplifying the process by giving me dates which will be most helpful Best Wishes, Sheila.
soxybob wrote:Hello Frogsmile, wow! thanks so much for this information looking at the places listed I think my best bet will be the Sligo posting as Ballina is on the border of Sligo, indeed I believe it used to come under Sligo and then became part of Mayo. I am very excited about this whole thing as, until literally a few weeks ago when I visited Ballina after many years I had absolutely no idea that my family were such illustrious members of the military, although I do vaguely remember my father saying that his grandfather's(that would be Quartermaster Sergeant Joseph Boshell) favourite song was Soldiers of the King, which at the time I thought was an odd choice for an Irishman! I have found a lot of information about other members of my family Major F.S. Boshell who was Quartermaster in the Regiment during W.W.1 and was awarded the D.S.O.and M.C. and his son Colonel Frankie Boshell, who was commanding officer of the Regiment from 1963 to 65 and was awarded the D.S.O. during W.W.2 and also an M.B.E. and C.B.E. but I am not sure of their relationship to me, maybe great uncles but until I can find out more about my great grandfather I won't know I do know that Major Boshell followed his father and grandfather into the Regiment so it is a family tradition that goes back a long way. I am going to Wiltshire on the 25th July to The Wardrobe to look at items that belong to the family I know there are a lot of War Diary entries mentioning Major Boshell and also a sword which is engraved with the name Boshell so the assistant curator is very kindly going to show me these plus other items that are not on display so I am very much looking forward to this. I am immensely proud to have such heroic and honourable men as ancestors and will pass this on to my children and grandchildren again, many thanks and hope I haven't rambled on too much! Sheila.
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