I have a long family military history.My Great Great Grandfather served in the 1st Scottish Regt. which he joined in 1843. He fought in the ...read more
I have a long family military history.My Great Great Grandfather served in the 1st Scottish Regt. which he joined in 1843. He fought in the Crimea War, was wounded (gun shot wound to the head), he was picked up as a hopeless case from the dead and dying pile and subsequently (after surgery in the field hospital) recovered. He also fought in the South African troubles, China War, Turkish War. He received wounds in both the Takau and Pekin engagements. He emigrated to Melbourne and joined Pitts 400, and sailed for New Zealand, and went on to fight in the Maori Wars. He was wounded during the Orakau fight. He was awarded eight medals, and performed many deeds which might have gained him the V.C. `He received wounds in EACH OF THE ENGAGEMENTS he fought in.Three of his sons fought in the Boer War retracing his footsteps, one of which was my great grandfather. My family history covers WW1, WW2 and family members served in the NZ Army (Grandfather), Air Force (father) and Navy (myself).
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