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Author Topic: Francis (Frank) Drake seaman deserter at Sydney 1881 from HMS Wolverine  (Read 3091 times)

MicheleJ

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Looking for information on my 2nd-G-Grandfather, Frank or Francis Drake (1860, Devon - 1937, NSW). Frank is listed as a deserter from HMS Wolverine at Sydney in  the Gazette dated 27 July 1881. He used his mother's maiden name and became Frank Drake Stevens, marrying and living the rest of his life at Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Born at Bere Alston, Devon, his family (brothers) was still living there at the end of his life, as my grandmother (Frank's granddaughter) and her siblings recalled delivering and receiving mail to/from them. Any suggestions on the best way to get information on Frank's naval records? Have tried UK Archives, but ended up with someone who was probably a cousin - can't seem to find a match. Is there a special place to find information regarding deserters - he certainly didn't apply for a pension!
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