The engineer was born in 1862, as far as I can see.
I have the service record you mention, which shows 'my' William's date of volunteering as 1867. His date of continuous service is shown as 1869. It's not a service record as such, just the document that his father signed.
I have looked at the FMP records but none of them give enough detail to pin one of them down as 'mine'.
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