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Sergeant John Smith VC

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Michael Report 19 Jun 2024 14:34

I am trying to locate relatives of John Smith who died in India in 1864, of dysentery at Jallandur.
His wife was Mary Ann Styles (née Corrigean). They had four daughters, Isabel, Eliza, Emily and Frances.


ErikaH Report 19 Jun 2024 17:29

Have you done ANY onward research?

No point in our going over old ground

You haven’t given much in the way of helpful info, I’m afraid

No age for John when he died…no birth years or birthplaces for the daughters

With a name like Smith, every snippet is vital


ArgyllGran Report 20 Jun 2024 09:34

Welcome to the boards, Michael.

For our reference:

Sgt John Smith
in the Global, Find a Grave® Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
Name Sgt John Smith
Birth Date Feb 1814
Birth Place Ticknall, South Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England
Death Date 26 Jun 1864
Death Place Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Cemetery Artillery Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place Jalandhar, Punjab, Ind


ArgyllGran Report 20 Jun 2024 09:43

John Smith
in the India, Select Marriages, 1792-1948
Name John Smith
Gender Male
Marriage Date 04 May 1844
Marriage Place Umballa, Bengal, India
Father Francis Smith
Spouse Mary Anne Styles [ Father: Christopher Corrigean ]


ArgyllGran Report 20 Jun 2024 09:45

Emily Sarah Smith
in the India, Select Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947
Name Emily Sarah Smith
Gender Female
Birth Date 03 May 1851
Baptism Date 26 Jan 1852
Baptism Age 0
Baptism Place Anarkullee, Bengal, India
Father John Smith
Mother Mary Ann Smith
Reference ID v 4 p 160
FHL Film Number 462985


ArgyllGran Report 20 Jun 2024 10:13

Frances Charlotte Smith
in the India, Select Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947
Name Frances Charlotte Smith
Gender Female
Birth Date 19 Apr 1853
Birth Place Chr Lahore Bengal India
Baptism Date 25 Jan 1854
Baptism Age 0
Baptism Place Lahore, Bengal, India
Father John Smith
Mother Mary Ann
FHL Film Number 498992

Francis Charlotte Smith
in the India, Select Marriages, 1792-1948
Name Francis Charlotte Smith
Gender Female
Age 20
Birth Date 1853
Marriage Date 17 Nov 1873
Marriage Place Umballa, Bengal, India
Father John Smith
Spouse John Eastfield Taylor
FHL Film Number 499052

John Eastfield Taylor
in the India, Select Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948
Name John Eastfield Taylor
Gender Male
Age 52
Birth Date 1849
Death Date 11 Dec 1901
Burial Date 12 Dec 1901
Burial Place Amritsar, Bengal, India
FHL Film Number 527503
Reference ID 527-503


ErikaH Report 20 Jun 2024 11:09

Look in ‘search all member trees’. If anyone is connected and has joined GR, you can try sending a message.

No other obvious way to make contact with descendants unless you do some diligent research


ErikaH Report 20 Jun 2024 11:12

J E Taylor was also born in India


ErikaH Report 20 Jun 2024 21:23

John was baptised 27 March 1814..father Francis, mother Isabella.,nee Wayte, who died in 1822

Francis then married an ANNE (Ann Garland, widow) on 29 March 1824

John had 4 sisters - Hannah, Isabella, Sarah, Eliza


Jink20 Report 20 Jun 2024 22:04

FMP Tree has the following information

Daughter of John Smith -- Emily Sarah Smith - Born 1851
Daughter of John Smith -- Isabella Ann Smith- 1845 - 1870

Isabella's Son --

Horatio Nelson John Hardy Born 1869

Horatio Married

Elizabeth Margaret Wallis Born 1868

* Eileen Elizabeth Ann Hardy Born 1892

* Edith Norah Hardy Born 1894

* Kathleen Wheaton Hardy Born 1896
Birth 14 Dec 1896
Baptism 10 Mar 1897
Lahore, Bengal

Kathleen Married
Nigel Sidney Duffy Lumsden
15 Jul 1916
Asonsol, Bengal, India

* Muriel Kathleen Isobel Lumsden 1917 - 1997
*Sidney Charles Eastwood Lumsden 1919 - 1983
* Beryl Adeline Charlotte Lumsden 1921 - 1999
* Wilfred Clarence Lumsden 1925 - 2009
*Terence Rudolph Lumsden 1928 - 1992
* Ivan Ronald Lumsden 1929 - 2006

Of course you will need to verify all the above results


Jink20 Report 20 Jun 2024 23:09

And now for Nigel and Kathleen's children

12 Jun 1917
Asansol, West Bengal, India

Jun 1997
Bromley, Greater London, England
14 Sep 1929
Asansol, India

abt Nov 1949
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

5 Jun 2006
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
9th August 1928
Asansol, West Bengal, India

Dec 1962
Bristol, Gloucestershire

29th June 1992
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
3 Jul 1925
Calcutta, West Bengal, India

28 Apr 2009
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Shelley Janine Francis Berliner
14 November 1932
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

14 December 1993
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Leon Alfred Lumsden
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

October 2003

Janine Elizabeth Lumsden
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

March 2011
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia

15 Nov 1919
Asansol, West Bengal, India

27 Jul 1983
Victoria, Australia

7 May 1921

16 Apr 1999


ArgyllGran Report 21 Jun 2024 00:46

Nigel and Kathleen's daughter Muriel married Maurice E. Greenberg, according to Ancestry tree.
Don't know where, and their two daughters weren't born in England/Wales.
(Names kept private on the tree, but presumably they were Angela and Janet - see below)

The tree doesn't mention marriages for any of Muriel's siblings.

In the 1960s, Muriel and Maurice are on the London ER with an Angela M Greenberg, and a Janet P Greenberg.

Angela didn't marry.
Her death:

GRO Reference: DOR Q3/2008 in WANDSWORTH (2561B) Reg 1B002 Entry Number 501192407

Janet was still living at the 1960s address in London until at least 2008.
I don't see any record of her after that, nor any record of her flat having been sold since then.


ErikaH Report 27 Jun 2024 12:04

The ‘attributed’ medal was auctioned in 1989 at Sotheby’s

Info on

Also a Wikipedia entry for the man


ErikaH Report 28 Jun 2024 10:28

PM sent yesterday asking OP to return

Only response is a request to view my tree


Michael Report 1 Jul 2024 09:25

Thank you all for the responses which have helped tremendously to fill in many of the gaps in the family tree. As regards John's VC it is now in the Lord Ashcroft collection being purchased in 2020. The whereabouts of John's other campaign medals is unknown. Similarly his sword has also been lost over the years.
I have compiled much of the published information regarding John which will be passed on to my family. Ticknall, John's place of birth, is only 12 miles from where I live.
I am still very much an amateur researching the family history.

Thanks to ErikaH, ArgyllGran and Jink20