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How did families survive

Postby Talmage » October 16th, 2017, 4:19 pm

My three times great grandfather enlisted in 1806 and was subsequently a prisoner of war for five years. Was some of his pay sent to his wife? If not, how did she and his children survive?
Thank you in anticipation of any suggestions.
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Re: How did families survive

Postby StoneDog » October 16th, 2017, 8:20 pm

I don't think any of a soldier's pay was sent home even when he wasn't a POW.

If a wife hadn't been lucky in the Ballot (a few enlisted men's wives would be put on the strength of the company, this was decided by drawing lots), she could follow at her own expense or she would get a letter to take to her home parish and they would provide for her..... The letter was important as it proved she wasn't a vagrant on the journey there (something else that she had to fund herself).
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