I have checked the freely available online catalogues the India Office Family History Search
, the India Office Select Materials
and the Access to Archives
and I have found the following documents:
Henry Charles Bevan Petman and Beryll Dyer’s marriage record (ref. N/1/605/80). Some information are given on the website but the original contains the following: Henry was a ‘Divorced husband of Gabrielle Hunter Bevan-Petman’; Henry and Beryl both lived at Narain Das Buildings in Lahore; fathers’ names were: Bertram Ancor Bevan Petman and Augustus William Dyer. The ceremony took place at the Methodist Church in Lahore.
The IOFHS website also lists Henry’s mother burial entry (ref. N/1/616/290). Minnie Bevan Petman was a widow however it would be very time consuming to establish when Bertram Bevan Petman died.
I have checked the name index for baptisms in order to find an entry for Henry Charles Bevan Petman in Bengal presidency from 1894 to 1900 but I have not found anything. I also tried to locate Bertram and Minnie’s marriage certificate but in vain. I have searched the name index for marriages in Bengal from 1890 to 1894. Please note that our records are not complete as they cover approximately 70% of ecclesiastical returns from British India. There is also a possibility that Bertram and Minnie were married earlier and Henry Charles was baptised later or the ceremonies took place elsewhere (Madras, Bombay or the UK).
I have found a biographical note for Charles Earle Bevan Petman in the Who Was Who. Please find an online version of the entry attached. Assuming there was a tradition of giving the same forenames in the family I believe Charles was Henry’s uncle and Bertram’s brother. Charles’ father’s name is Henry Charles as well. However to confirm that one would need Bertram’s marriage or baptism record.
I have checked the document IOR/L/PJ/6/734 file 2998 which is signed by Bertram Bevan-Petman. In 1905 he was Bar-at-Law of the Inner Temple at Simla. It is possible that we hold some documents relating to Bertram’s career but it would require a further search.
The documents from the IOR/L/PJ/7/1564A were transferred to a different department but they do not seem to have survived.
We do not hold any career papers from private companies but one could trace Hal’s works in the editions of the Illustrated London News. If you wish to trace his daughter please contact the General Register Office for further enquiries.

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