Thanks for reply. I have undertaken more documented work on my Frederick Beswick connection and believe he was born at Bowes, Yorkshire in August 1818. He was a career soldier in 38th Foot Regiment joining as a Private in 1836 and progressed through the non-commissioned ranks before being made an Ensign in 1849, an Adjutant in 1852 and a Captain in 1854.In 1856 he was appointed Adjutant to a Depot Battalion, as opposed to a Frontline Battalion. He finally retired in 1865 by selling his commission - a common practice at the time to provide retirement funds - by which time he was in the 5th Lancers. I have not found evidence that he was higher than a Captain but between 1856 and 1865 he was with Depot Battalions and may well have risen in rank to that of "Major" which he used after his retirement.
His 1st wife was Elizabeth Lobb who he married 22 April 1844 in Gibraltar.
After his military service he became Chief of Police at Birkenhead, Cheshire until 1869 when he was tried at The Old Bailey in London for fraud of monies held at the Bank of England in connection with a Power of Attorney. He was sentenced to 5 years penal servitude (archive copies of The Times newspaper make interesting reading). After he left prison he married Ellen Kearvell and soon after they changed surname to Egerton.
Can you find any Frederick births in your family history that might fit?
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