My search for Paul Doughty’s service record was at a standstill. I could not move forward without the name of the regiment where he enlisted in the army. All I knew about his military service was found at the Family History Library in a set of books on microfilm, A List of the Officers of the Army. He became an ensign on 5 January 1781 and a lieutenant on 16 April 1794, and was stationed in Plymouth, Devon, England in an Independent Company of Invalids. Sometime between 1802 and 1806 he retired with full pay.
I searched the pension records for officers at the Family History Library and found his pension record contained two documents: a record of marriage to his second wife and his burial record. No other documents led me to the regiment where he enlisted in the army.
Someone mentioned that The London Gazette published military commissions in each issue. The London Gazette’s Web site indicated it is the “Official Newspaper of Record for the United Kingdom” and each issue has a Ministry of Defence Supplement that includes “officer’s appointments, promotions and similar within the Services.” The London Gazette began publication in 1665.
The London Gazette’s online Web site is free. I used their search engine and found two entries for Paul Doughty. The Gazette’s search engine contains a general search and an advanced search. The advanced search lists historical events that you can search, or you can put in a range of dates. You can also search a phrase, with added key words. When you find an entry you want to see you can click on the “See PDF” button and view the page using Adobe Acrobat. The Adobe Acrobat toolbar contains several options and you can print, save, or email the file. Here is the information I found for Paul Doughty:
18th January 1780: Sergeant Doughty of 1st Foot Guards to be Ensign in an Independent company of invalids at Portsmouth.
15th April 1794: Ensign Paul Doughty to be Lieutenant in Captain Campbell’s Independent Company of Invalids.
Finally, here was Paul Doughty’s enlistment regiment: the 1st Foot Guards. With that information, I could begin searching for Paul Doughty’s service record. For additional information on my search for Paul Doughty, please see my blog at http://jnjtreeclimbers.blogspot.com/2010/03/jnj-tree-climbers.html.
The London Gazette is a great way to find information about officers who served in the military. I hope my experience will help you to find information about your ancestor’s military service.