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Here as promised is the complete record of your great grandfather’s military service.
THOMAS HENRY HYDE 1858-1872
The following records have been extracted from War Office Records held at the National Archives at Kew.
Thomas first enlisted in the 63rd Regiment of Foot at Derby on 19 January 1858 at the age of 18 regimental. Thomas, regimental No.160 received a bounty for enlisting of £1 10s 0d and the record shows he was five feet six inches tall.
After enlisting at Derby Thomas travelled to the depot of the 63rd Regiment at Birr in Ireland, arriving 29 March and is shown present in the musters at Birr until he embarked for Halifax, Nova Scotia in June 1858.
The musters of the 1st Battalion 63rd Regiment show Thomas joined from the Depot on 15 June 1858.
The muster for the period October-December 1858 shows Thomas making a remittance of ten shillings from his pay to Anne W Hyde, the W probably being Woodruffe, which was Thomas’s mother’s maiden name.
In April 1859 Thomas is transferred to St John’s Newfoundland and joins the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. The musters of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment show Thomas Hyde regimental No.81 joined from Halifax 7 June 1859.
Thomas remained present in Newfoundland until November 1862, when he is transferred to the Royal Canadian Rifle Regiment stationed at London Canada West.
The musters of the Canadian Rifles record Thomas’s transfer from Newfoundland Companies 30 November 1862 (TNA ref.WO12/10543)
For the next eight years the musters of the Royal Canadian Rifles show Thomas regimental No.1045 variously on detachment in Newfoundland, Kingston and Quebec. Whilst in Newfoundland in 1867 Thomas is re-engaged for a further period of service and is promoted to the rank of Corporal on 1 July 1868.
In 1870 the Canadian Rifle Regiment was disbanded and Thomas was transferred to the 1st Battalion 60th Kings Royal Rifle Regiment on 7 July 1870.
The musters of the 1st Battalion 60th Regiment whilst stationed in Halifax N.S. for the period July-September 1872, show that Thomas regimental No.1842 was granted a free discharge after 14 years service on 13 August 1872. The muster records the following information on Thomas.
Corporal Thomas Hyde regimental No.1842 discharged free after 14 years service 13 August 1872 at Halifax.
Born Leicester and enlisted at Derby 19 January 1858 a groom by trade.
Thomas was paid an allowance of £1 16s 0d to take his wife Mary Ann and their five children (all under 14 years of age) by rail and ship to Windsor, their intended place of residence.
The Regimental Indexes of Baptisms and Births record the following Hyde births
- Alice Hyde 1862 Newfoundland
- Catherine Hyde 1865 Kingston U.C.
- William J Hyde 1868 Newfoundland
- Charles J Hyde 1871 Quebec
The following was extracted from the IGI.
1841 Census Leicester HO107/593/24 folio 4 page 9
Parish of Twyford
Hannah Woodruffe age 55 born in county
Humphrey Hyde age 35, farmer, born in county
Mary Hyde age 30, born in county
Humphrey Hyde age 3, born in county
Thomas Hyde age 1, born in county
Daniel Woodruffe age 15, born in county
1851 Census Leicester HO107/2090
Parish of St Mary
5 New Town Street
Humphrey Hyde, head, 46, Gentleman, born Quorndon, Leicestershire
Mary Ann Hyde, wife, 40, born Quorndon
Humphrey William Hyde, son, 12, scholar, born Quorndon
Thomas Henry Hyde, son, 11, scholar, born Quorndon
Mary Woodruffe Hyde, daughter, 7, scholar, born Twyford
Catherine Elizabeth Hyde, daughter, 5, scholar, born Twyford
Saville John Hyde, son, 2, scholar, born Twyford
Mary Ann Riley, visitor, 22, born Barrow
Mary Ann Snell, servant, 19, born Narborough
I hope the above will be of some help in your future research. I have photographed the relevant pages of the military records and the census returns. If you let me have your postal address I will put them in the post to you.