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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Adam Prentice

Adam Prentice was born on the 9th September 1868 at 35 Young Street in the Barony Parish of Glasgow in Scotland.  He was the son of Henry and Agnes Prentice, his father was born in Ireland and his mother was born in Ayr, Scotland

During the 1871 Census of Scotland, Adam was living with his parents Henry and Agnes who had moved to  37 Shuttle Street in the Borony Parish of Glasgow.  His fathers occupation was that of a cab driver and since the last census a new baby had been born into the family, she was called Rossann and was just three months old

During the 1881 Census of Scotland, Adam was living with his parents and younger sister Rossann Ann in the Blackfriars district of Glasgows St Pauls parish. His father was still working as a cab driver and a  new baby had been born called Margaret who was by now ten years of age.  Adam was at school and his father is still working as a cab driver

On the 12th Oct 1887, aged nineteen,  Adam enlisted with the Highland Light Infantry at Hamilton, his service number was 2847.  During his medical on the same day, he was described as being 5ft 6inches in height with a fresh complexion and light brown hair with a scar on the right side of his neck

He was serving at home until the 20th Sep 1889 during which time he was presumably spending a lot of his time training before being posted to India where he remained until the 2nd Dec 1895.  From India he was posted back to Great Britain, arriving on the 3rd Dec 1895 and was transferred to the reserves on the 6th Dec 1895

Adam was in India for the 1891 Census of Scotland and was was therfore not recorded although his family had moved to 93 Waterloo Street in the Blytheswood district of the Barony parish of Glasgow.  The household consists of his parents Henry and Agnes along with Rossann, there are two new children born into the family, Catherine is aged 8 and David is fifteen months.  Margaret who would be aged 20 is missing.  There is also a lodger called David Mitchell

 Adams father is probably deceased although he attended the wedding of his daughter Rossann to David Mitchell (the lodger from the 1891 census) on the 16th Jul 1891 at 77 Stewart Street, Glasgow and Margaret married John Moffatt in 1892

Adam was recalled from the reserves for service with the Army on the 9th Oct 1899 and was posted to  South Africa  on board the Aurania, arriving at the Cape on about the 11th November 1899. Adam was on Active Service for the Second Boer War where he remained until the 14th Oct 1900.  For his services during the Second Boer War, Adam was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal and Clasp for Cape Colony

He was again discharged and transferred to the reserves on 29th Jan 1901 when his service acrued was just over 13 years

During the 1901 Census of Scotland, Adam was living with his mother at 81 Stirling Street, Milton, Glasgow and was employed as a railway porter.  His mother is described as the head of the household and is working as a charwoman.  Adams father is probably deceased

Rosann is living at Roslin Place with David and two children, one of whom appears to be David Prentice who is now named David Mitchell.  Margaret is living at 256 Hope Street, Blytheswood, Glagow St Stephens along with her husband John, children and sister Catherine who is described as a sister in law

Adam was recalled from the reserves and re-attested on the 27th Oct 1902 at Glasgow

Medal Entitlement
The Queens South Africa Medal and Clasps for Paardeberg and Cape Colony

Editors Note
  • More work is needed on this family to find out the outcome of the father who may be deceased
  • Most of the data for this family came from census and pension records from the Army.  The Army information was in a file of pension records for World War One and this man may have also served in World War One although that does seem a little unlikely.  He was not noticeably pensioned from the Boer War

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