Posted by Lawrence Frewin on 05 March , 2003 at 09:09:56:
In Reply to: Royal Dragoon Guards (UK)-Frank Fruin posted by Coleen Fruin on 04 March , 2003 at 14:32:50:
: I'm wondering if anyone could help me out....my great great grandfather, Frank Fruin, was a member of the Royal Dragoons (England). He was reportedly a squire. My grandfather tells he me he was situated where the current Oxford University is. Could anybody point me in the proper direction for finding out more information on Frank? He married a woman named Alice Turner. They had children, Frank Jr. born 1903, Richard born 1906 (my great grandfather), Jack and Ethel. Frank, Frank Jr, Richard and Jack moved to Canada (sometime between 1906 and 1920). Alice either stayed in England or was deceased at the time. The daughter, Ethel stayed in England as well. I have no information on her.
Any help or traces to these individuals would be extremely helpful and very appreciated!
The two best places to start looking are probably the 1901 census online (I guess you have already done that), and The Public Record Office at Kew.
The PRO at Kew holds large amounts of military records including payroll lists, muster sheets, discharge papers etc. If you are lucky you may be able to find out where your GG grandfather was based throughout his career, and perhaps even the reasons for his discharge.
The PRO website has an index called PROCAT which is worth searching, but a very large amount (+90%?) of the information at the PRO is not computer indexed, so a visit there is definitely recommended.
If your GGGrandfather owned land where Oxford University is now situated, it may be worth contacting the University directly to see if they can help. I found them extremely helpful in offering information about Frewin College which is part of the University.
My point of contact at Oxford University was Elizabeth Boardman, Archivist at Brasenose College.
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