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Private Peter Scott

Private Peter Scott (service number 3759) served with the 1st battalion Scots Guards. He is entitled to the Egypt Medal (no clasp)

1882 Egypt Medal no clasp

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He was born on January 15th, 1860 Old Monkland, Coatbridge, Lanark County, Scotland

On November 14th, 1876 he enlisted with the Scots Fusilier Guards in Edinburgh, Scotland. He joined the regiment on November 21st in London. He was a deserter who enlisted under the name of Andrew Falconer

Trade: Cooper              Height: 5’ 7”                Hair: Hazel

Eyes: Light brown      Religion: Presbyterian

He was imprisoned from November 10th to 20th 1880 for assaulting a police officer while drunk.

From March 1880 until July 1882, he was hospitalized eight times gonorrhoea, syphilis and herpes.  He left hospital 3 days before their departure for Egypt.

December 20th 1881, the battalion was sent to Dublin Ireland. They returned to London in March of 1882.

July 30th 1882: The 1st battalion of the Scots Guards sailed from Albert Docks in London, England on the ship Orient. The Scots Guards Regiment was part of the Guards Brigade with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards and the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. Their commanding officer was Prince Arthur the Duke of Connaught (Queen Victoria’s 7th child).

August 12th: The battalion disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt

August 18th : From Alexandria they embarked to Ismaila. They arrived on August 22

August 24th: Guard’s brigade was held in support at Tel-El-Mikuta. They did some repair and clearing the Canal.

September 13th: Battle of Tel-el-Kebir.

He was hospitalized in Malta from September 14 until the 19th for dysentery. Since he was in Malta on September 14th, he could not have been at Tel-El-Kebir the day before for the battle explaining why he did not receive the clasp. His service file does not mention that he is entitled to it.

He came back to United Kingdom on October 14th. The regiment came back to United Kingdom on November 14th so I think he never left Malta after his hospitalization there.

He was hospitalized again in London from November 28th until December 22nd for hemorrhoids.

He was transferred to Army Reserve 2nd Military District on July 1st, 1883. He married Jane Mackenzie the next day July 2nd at St-Mary’s Church in Dundee, Scotland. He was stationed there until May 31st, 1884.

He was discharged on November 13th 1888 after completing 12 years for his short service period. His conduct was listed as “fair”.

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Drummer Ernest Sheppard

Drummer Ernest Sheppard  served with the 1st battalion Scots Guards during the 1882 Egypt Campaign. he is entitled to the Egypt Medal (clasp Tel-El-Kebir) and the Khedives Star 1882.

He was born on January 15th, 1860.

On July 10th, 1874 he enlisted at the Westminster Police Court with the Scots Fusilier Guards in London. He was 14 years and 6 months old boy,. He was 4’ 9”, had grey eyes and light brown hair.

His father was Giles, mother Eliza, sister Emilia and brother Frederick George, they were living at 24 Octavo Street in London.

He was appointed Drummer on September 26th, 1880. The band was composed of 25 members, of those 13 were drummer.

Picture showing a Scots Guards Drummer in Alexandria, Egypt on AUgust 12th 1882

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Picture of showing 2nd battalion Scots Guards band uniform in 1885

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July 30th 1882: The 1st battalion of the Scots Guards sailed from Albert Docks in London, England on the ship Orient. He was one of thirteenth Drummer who served with the regiment in Egypt.

August 12th: The battalion disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt

August 18th: From Alexandria they embarked to Ismaila. They arrived on August 22nd

August 24th: Guard’s brigade was held in support at Tel-El-Mikuta. They did some repair and clearing the Canal.

September 12th: The Guard’s Brigade was called-up is support to Graham’s Brigade at Kassassin

September 13th (early morning): Battle of Tel-el-Kebir. The Guard’s Brigade including the Scots Guards were held in reserve, by the time the regiment reached enemy’s parapet the battle was almost over.

The Scots Guards Regiment was part of the Guards Brigade with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards and the 1st Battalion Scots Guards. They were all under the command of His Royal Highness Prince Arthur the Duke of Connaught (Queen Victoria’s 7th child)

He came back to United Kingdom on November 14th.

Egypt Medal with clasp Tel-el-Kebir

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He was appointed Lance-Corporal on December 31st, 1884

He was promoted to the rank of Corporal on April 1st, 1885

He was discharged medically unfit due to palpitations of the heart July 8th, 1886 in Richmond Barracks in Dublin, Ireland. His conduct was listed as “exemplary”

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Private William Hancock

Private William Hancock served in the Army Hospital Corps. He is entitled to the South Africa medal 1877- 1879 with clasp 1879, the Egypt Medal with the clasp Tel-El-Kebir and the 1882 Khedive’s Star

He enlisted in the 100th Foot Regiment on August 7th 1873

He was transferred to the Army Hospital Corps on February 15th 1877

He was posted to the Cape on January 30th 1878

He was paid the General Depot at Pietermaritzburg from January 10th 1878 to November 30th of the same year.

He was posted to Utrecht

He received his pay via the 90th Light Infantry Regiment from November 1st 1878 until April 1st 1879

He served against the Zulus in 1879

He was back in United Kingdom on June 18th 1882 and served in Egypt in September of that year

He was discharged on August 6th 1885

Private William Hancock medals. His Egypt Medal is missing from the group. I would appreciate if anyone with information on the whereabouts of the medal could let me know.

William Hancock medals

Private George White

Private George White served in the Medical Staff Corps during the Egyptian Campaign. He is entitled to the undated Egypt Medal with the clasp The Nile 1884-85 and the Khedive’s star

Religion: Church of England     Trade: porter         Eyes: Hazel

Hair: light brown          Height:5’10”    Weight: 124 lbs.

He was born in Greenwich, London in November of 1864

He enlisted on January 15th 1884

From January 15th 1884 to November 4th he served at home (United Kingdom)

March 31st: He was appointed 2nd class Orderly

From November 5th 1884 to March 19th, 1887 he served in Egypt

From March 20th 1887 to January 14th 1896 he served at home (United Kingdom)

He was discharged in 1896 completing his 12 years short service period

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Egypt medal clasp The Nile 1884-85 and the Khedive’s Star

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Private White Attestation of Short Service page 1

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Private White Attestation of Short Service page 2

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Private John Neilson

Private John Neilson served with the 2nd battalion Scots Guards in Egypt in 1885. He is entitled to the Egypt Medal 1885 clasp Suakin and the Khedive’s Star.

He was born in 1864 in Cockpen, Midlothian, United Kingdom

He enlisted on June 4th 1883 in Edinburgh, Scotland in the Scots Guards

Height: 5’ 8”       Weight: 129 lbs.               Hair : Brown

Eyes: Hazel         Religion: Presbyterian

September 1st, 1884: he was appointed Lance-Corporal

February 21st, 1885: He paraded at Wellington Barracks before embarking for Egypt

March 9th : The regiment was posted to an outpost position near Suakin, They were harassed by the enemy during the night.

May 8th : He received his Khaki clothing. it was the first time the regiment used that color before that their tunic was the well-known scarlet red.

May 16th : The 2nd battalion Scots Guards regiment embarked for Alexandria

July 8th : He left Egypt for Cyprus where they arrived on July 11th. They stayed there until September 10th

September 11th : Back home. He was stationed in Dublin upon his arrival

November 10th: He was promoted Corporal

September 1886: He was stationed in London

February 3rd, 1887: Judge by a District Court Martial and reduced to the rank of Private for striking a soldier

October 10th, 1888: He was hospitalized for 193 days due to syphilis

May 30th, 1890: He was appointed Lance-Corporal

June 3rd, 1895: He left the army completing his 12 years for Short Service

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Private John Neilson’s medals (Obverse and reverse)

On the picture you clearly see that he wore his medals many times because of the damage done to the Egypt Medal(left) by the Khedive’s Star(right). This is the unfortunate result of the impact of the strong bronze made Star on the smoother silver made Egypt medal.

Private Lawson Crichton

Private Lawson Crichton served in the 1885 Egypt campaign at Suakin with 2nd battalion Scots Guards. He is entitled to the 1882 Egypt medal (clasp Suakin 1885) and the Khedive’s Star 1884-86. His enlistment number was 5361.

He was born October of 1861 in Glasgow, Scotland

1861 United Kingdom Census: Listed as living at 4 Dunlop Street in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

Father : William Crichton     Mother : Agnes Crichton

He had one sister

1871 United Kingdom Census: Listed as living at 6 Robertson Place in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

He had on sister and two brothers

1881 United Kingdom Census: Listed as living at 41 Robertson Place in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

Trade : Coal miner

March 19th, 1883: Enlisted in the Scots Fusiliers Guards in Glasgow, Scotland.

Religion: Presbyterian        Trade : Engine man

Height: 5′ 10″     Weight : 163 lbs.      Eyes : blue      Hair: brown

August 1883: Hospitalized for gonorrhoea

April 1885: Hospitalized

February 21st, 1885: Paraded at Wellington Barracks before embarking for Egypt

March 9th: Posted to an outpost position near Suakin (nightly harassment)

May 8th: Received their Khaki clothing (first time in the regiment)

May 16th: Battalion embarked for Alexandria

July 8th: Left Egypt for Cyprus where they arrived on July 11th. They stayed there until September 10th

September 11th: Back home

October 1887: Hospitalized for gonorrhoea

1901 United Kingdom Census: Listed as living at 65 Canal St in Paisley, Renfrewshire

Trade: Cloth Finisher. He is married and have four children

Wife: Mary           Daughter : Mary, Agnes and Jane           Son : William

Served at home with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders from March 31st, 1915 until March 24th, 1916 (not entitled to medals). His number was 4820

His WW1 Medal Index Card showing service only in United Kingdom

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Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz

Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz served in Egypt in 1882 and 1885, he also served during the Boers’ War. He is entitled to the Egypt medal clasp Suakin 1885, the Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Cape Colony and the Khedive’s Star.

December 22nd, 1844: Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was educated at Colombo Academy and Queen’s College. His parents were Gerard Henricius  Anthonisz and Abigail Elizabeth Wright.

1862: He went to the Calcutta to do his medical studies. After completing his schooling he entered the Ceylon Medical Service Department where he served for two years.

1867: Graduated M.B. and C.M. from the University of Aberdeen

November 11th, 1870: His name appears for the first time in the Medical Register

Between February 20th and 27th 1871: He passed his examination for admission in the Medical Service of the Royal Navy and then entered the army as Staff-Assistant-Surgeon. On April 1st he was sent to Bombay to be stationed there.

September 12th: Married to Cristian Joanna Sim.

September 19th: Appointed Staff-Assistant –Surgeon.

1873: Promoted Surgeon and posted to the 108th Foot Regiment. His first son Alfred George Henry was born that year and would later become a civil surgeon. He died when struck by lightning in South Africa in 1901.

1874: Birth of his daughter Eshel Maud

1876: Birth of his second daughter, Winnifred Maud

1878: Stationed in Bombay

July 19th, 1879: He was elected as a member of the Asiatic Society of Bombay

1880: Birth of his second son, Edward Guy also became a surgeon and served in WW1 with the British Forces

Egypt Campaign

September 1882: Served during the Egypt Campaign in the Tel-El-Kebir Campaign at the Fork Medical Depot. He was back in United Kingdom in December.

April 1st, 1883: Promoted Surgeon Major and stationed in Barbados

June 1885: He was attached to General Graham Force in Suakin in March. He came to United Kingdom in July arriving at Portsmouth on the Troopship Jumna. He was then posted to Devonport.

1888: He was stationed in Barbados

April 1890: Transferred from Bengal to Aldershot, United Kingdom. He took charge of the Third Station Hospital in Aldershot in June.

April 1st, 1891: Promoted Staff Lieutenant-Colonel

May 15th, 1895: Promoted Brigade-Surgeon (Lieutenant-Colonel)

August 21st, 1896: Appointed to officiate the Administrative Medical Staff of the Bengal Army with the temporary rank of Surgeon-Colonel. He was officially appointed in October. In November he is appointed to officiate as Principal Medical Officer in the Oude and Rohilkind District.

April 1897: Transferred from Bengal to Gosport

Boers’ War

October 6th: Arrived in Durban, South Africa onboard the transport ship Breamer Castle with the 1st General Hospital (From the London Times of October 5th). The hospital was later sent to Cape Town South, Africa where they arrived on October 27th. (From the official history book of the Royal Army Medical Corps). He was in charge of the medical function of the hospital that was then moved in Wynberg, South Africa and then opened on October 30th.

December 1899: Promoted to the rank of Colonel.

While in South Africa in the hospital was inspected by Mrs. Richard Chamberlain and he was accused of mismanagement of the hospital. This did create a commotion and it was found that Mrs. Chamberlain had no experience in hospital management so Colonel Anthonisz was later cleared of any wrong-doing

December 24th, 1900: He left South Africa for England onboard the Wakool. He is listed as invalids. (From the London Times of December 24th).

January 1901: He was sent back to Bombay. In June, he then served in India in the Bombay Command and was appointed Principal Medical Officer Secunderabad and Belgaum Districts. In September he was transferred from Bombay to Madras.

December 22nd, 1904: Placed on the Retired Pay

February 17th, 1905: He retired

December 6th, 1907: Departed from London, United Kingdom and sailed to Calcutta, India on board Jelunga with his wife.

October 27th, 1919: Died at Coonoor, Nilgiri Hills, South India.

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Picture of Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz  taken before his departure for South Africa.

 

Private William Williams

Private William Williams served in the 1st battalion Scots Guards during the 1882 Egyptian campaign at the battle of Tel-El-Kebir. He is entitled to the Egypt medal clasp Tel-El-Kebir and the Khedive’s Star. His enlistment number was 3717.

Private William Williams served in Egypt with Private James Stuart, you can read his story here.

Born August of 1859 in Cheltenham, Gloucester, England

Religion : Church of England Trade : servant Eyes : grey

Height : 5′ 7″ Hair: brown Weight : 138 lbs.

October 14th, 1876 : Enlisted in the Scots Fusiliers Guards in London. He tried to enlist in the Scots Fusiliers Guards in Gloucester on October 9th but he was turned back.

Served at home from October 9th 1876 until July 29th 1882

From his medical service record he was hospitalized in London in 1877, in Aldershott in 1878 and in Dublin in 1880.

July 30th : Sailed from Albert Docks in London, England on the ship Orient

Drawing showing the departure of the Orient (probably from the Illustrated London News)

August 12th : Disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt

The 1st battalion Scots Guards at Alexandria August 12th, 1882

August 18th : From Alexandria embarked to Ismaila. Arrived on August 22nd

August 24th : Guard’s Brigade were held in support at Tel-el-Mikuta. Started repairing railway and clearing the Canal.

September 12th : Guard’s brigade called-up as support to Graham’s brigade at Kassassin

September 13(early morning) : Battle of Tel-El-Kebir. Guard’s Brigade including the Scots Guards were held in reserve. By the time the regiment reached enemy’s parapet the battle was almost over.

Pictures of the Tel-El-Kebir battlefield – taken after the battle

1st battalion Scots Guards was part of the Guards Brigade with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. They were all under the command of His Royal Highness Prince Arthur the Duke of Connaught (Queen Victoria’s 7th child). The official history does not mention why the Guards Brigade were held in reserve but some historians are murmuring that Prince Arthur was invited by Garnet Wolseley, the commander-in-chief of the British Forces in Egypt, to participate in that campaign, only because of his political contacts he could bring him. It is also believe that the limited tactician hability of the Prince prevented him to be sent to the front lines.

I guess General Wolseley figured out it would have been a bad career move having to explain to Queen Victoria why one of her son had been killed in Egypt so he kept him in the Reserve Line.

Returned from Egypt on November 15th 1882 and continued to served at Home until October 9th 1888 completing his 12 years service period.

Typical Scots Guards uniform for the Egyptian Campaign of 1882

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Egypt Medal with the clasp Tel-El-Kebir

Private Charles Fleet

Private Charles Fleet served in the Army Hospital Corps during the Victorian era and in the 1885 Egypt Campaign. He is entitled to the Egypt 1882 Medal with the Nile 1884-85 clasp, the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Khedive’s Star. His enlistment number is 2133.

he was born in Bishop Waltham, Hants, United Kingdom on April 1845

He enlisted  for 12 years in the Royal Artillery at Portsmouth, England on December 6th, 1864 at 1:50 pm. (yes the exact time at which he enlisted is written on the form)

Trade : baker     Hair : brown    Single

1861 : United Kingdom census taken at 3 Down Cottage, Meon Stoke Hampshire

According to the census he was born in 1846

Father : William (labourer) born in 1786    Mother : Susan born in 1806        Brother : Henry born in 1836

January 1 1869 : Transferred to the 21st Brigade Artillery

August 9th : Married Charlotte Lanodys

1871 United Kingdom census taken at The Herbert Hospital Kidbrooke London . Listed as a servant but probably more an orderly since it was a military hospital

July 2nd 1873 : Promoted acting Corporal

August 1st : Transferred to the Army Hospital Corps

September 22nd, 1875 : Promoted 2nd  Corporal

I was unable to find trace of him and his family in the 1881 census

July 1st, 1883 : Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

August 1st, 1884 : Promoted Corporal

January 7th, 1885 : Began his service in Egypt.

January 4th 1886 : Back to England

February 2nd : Retired only one month after his return

1891 : United Kingdom census taken at 11th Kenne street, St Giles, Reading, Berkshire

According to the census he was born in 1845 and listed as prison warden

Wife : Charlotte born 1847      Daughter :  Emily (general servant) born 1878

Son : William jr (errand boy) born 1877 Daughter : Florence L. born 1887

March 1st, 1901 (census) : He is a prison warden in St Giles. Living at 3 Boult street in Reading, England with his wife Charlotte Fleet and his 14 years old daughter Florence L. Fleet

1920 : Died in Oxford (July- August- September)

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Brigade-Surgeon Robert Vacy Ash

Robert Vacy Ash was a surgeon and he is entitled to medals South Africa medal 1877-79 (no clasp), Egypt medal (clasp Tel-El-Kebir), India general Service medal clasp Burma 1885-86 and the Khedive’s star 1882

Born on July 17th 1845 in Stratton Cornwall       Father : Robert K. Ash    Occupation : Inn Keeper

House where Robert Vacy Ash was raised in his early years

He was the third son and fourth child of Robert Knott and Mary Ann Vacy.  He was the third born son of the marriage, his elder brothers were Thomas and William,  and he also had an older sister Mary Ann.

1851 census United Kingdom : aged five Robert was living at 62, The High Street, Stratton along with his parents, his two older brothers and an older sister. His father’s occupation is listed as Hotel Keeper

1857 : His sister Mary Ann died.

1861 census : He is living in Paddington, London with an uncle and his brother William.  William and Robert’s occupations are both listed as Medical Students.  Meanwhile his mother Mary Ann Ash is now listed as a widow and continues to live in Stratton, Cornwall.  Her occupation is listed as Inn Keeper in keeping with her carrying on the family business after the death of his father.

March 15th, 1866 : He passed his examination at St-Mary’s Hospital (Medical Times and gazette p. 324 March 24, 1866)

July 24th: He was admitted as a member of Royal College of Surgeons in London at a meeting of the Court of Examiners on the 24th Jul 1866, stated in the British Medical Journal of the 11th Aug 1866.  He was also a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries, Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and had an M.B. from the University of Aberdeen

1867 : His medical registration with the General Medical Council of the UK for 1867 states that he was living at Stratton, Cornwall

April 2nd : Listed as an Assistant-Surgeon with the Royal South Lincoln Regiment since (Hart’s List 1868)

1868 : M.A. at Aberdeen university

February : Wrote an article in the British medical journal. At the time he was practising in the town of Grantham

1871 census United Kingdom : Boarder at Sarah Richardson home, she was a surgeon widow

It is presumed that he started the year in Truro.  His medical registration with the General Medical Council of the UK states that in 1871 he was living in Truro which is in Cornwall.

September 30th 1871: He joined the Army. He was appointed Assistant Surgeon (London Gazette 8th Mar 1872) and stationed at Cape of Good Hope (Hart’s List of 1871)

1872 : Service in Dover, Kent

July 6th : Posted to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

November 18th, 1872 : Back in England

early 1873 : Service in Newhaven March 1st : Appointed surgeon

April 15th :  Posted to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa until 1875

March 29th 1875 to June 4th : Went back to UK on leave

June 5th : Posted back to Cape of Good Hope South Africa

1879 : Served in the Zulu war against the Seknkuni. He stayed on the Natal side of the Tugela river and did not cross into fighting territory

March 15th, 1880 : Returned to England. Service at Netley Hospital

1881 census United Kingdom : Unmarried and living in Quarters in the men block at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire. His rank is listed as Surgeon

September 2nd 1882 Excerpt from the British journal of medicine “On Friday, August 11th, No. 2 Bearer Company embarked on board the City of Paris, en route to Egypt. with Surgeons Vacy Ash and 143 rank and file of the Army Hospital Corps. Officers of the No. 2 Bearer company then moved to Kassassin on the ship Carthage according to the book History of the medical department Tome II. Before the battle of Tel-el-Kebir (September 13th), the No. 2 Bearer company was attached to the 2nd Division. They would later occupy the city on Benha and Tanta with the 2nd Division.

The No. 2 Bearer company was mentioned as having poor discipline amongst its staff

He also served with the Dragoon Guards

December 16th 1882 Excerpt from the British Journal of Medicine “We learn from Cairo that under the Gazette of November 17th, containing the lists of honours and promotions among the army medical officers who had been serving during the campaign, reached that city one omission gave rise to considerable comment. The promotions in the army medical ranks included two of each grade on service in Egypt, and generally the two seniors were selected for advancement. In the rank of surgeon, however, the senior, Dr. Vacy Ash, was passed over by two surgeons junior to him in the list. We are informed that Dr. Ash is a surgeon who has always had a high reputation during his eleven years’ service in the department, and that he was particularly noticed for his zeal and activity in the Zulu campaign in South Africa. When sent to Egypt, he was attached to one of the bearer companies, but was removed from this service to be placed in medical charge of the 7th Dragoon Guards, who were then suffering from enteric fever to an alarming extent. Dr. Ash still remains with this regiment, and as he has secured the good feeling and gratitude of both the officers and men of the corps, and at the same time has received an expression of approbation for his professional services from the head of his own department in Egypt, his supercession by his juniors has attracted all the more attention. What the explanation of, the occurrence may be, remains to be seen.

Surgeon Vacy Ash, Army Medical Department, has been specially detailed to enquire into this matter; (the epidemic of enteric fever at the Base Hospital at Abbassayah)and his reports, which are now in the hands of the General Officer Commanding, may lead to a clearing up of this mystery.

July 1883 : His findings on epidemic of the enteric fever are published in the British Medical Journal. He also publish his findings on sea-sickness in the July British Medical Journal

March 11th, 1883 : Returned home to England. Service in Portland, Dorset

April 11th : His Egypt medal was issued to him on that date

September 30th : Appointed surgeon-major

November 11th, 1884 : Married Eliza Maxwell in St-Barnabas Church, Kensington, Middlesex. She was born in 1863,  21 years old the daughter of Thomas Maxwell, a gentleman.  Robert gives his occupation as physician. At the time of the marriage Robert and Eliza were living at separate addresses in Warwick Gardens, Kensington

February 18th, 1885 : Service in Bengal and Burma. During that campaign comments made by his superior officer DSS Turner PMO Burma ‘’he was an officer of great ability and zeal, who has done most excellent service.  Is highly qualified for the duties he has been called upon to perform’’

November 20th 1886 Excerpt from the British Journal of Medicine “Surgeon-Major R. VACY ASH, M.D., has been ordered to Mandalay for service in Upper Burmah. He is appointed Assistant Medical Officer and Sanitary Officer to the Barmah Field Force, and will also take medical charge of the Headquarters Etaff.

1887 : Served in the Burmanese expedition

September 2nd: Mentioned in dispatches London Gazette

1888 : Service in Brighton until 1891

January 4th, 1889 : Birth of his second child Roland Colin Vacy Ash, born February at 38 Stanford Avenue, Brighton, Sussex.- died September) from the British Medical Journal of the 12th Jan 1889. As Robert was stationed in India and Robert and Eliza’s second child was born in England, Eliza must have been with Robert in India and returned to England to give birth to their child.

28th April : He returned home to England and from that date until the 17th Nov 1891 he is listed as being sick.  The death of his child and marital difficulties which resulted in divorce may go some way to explain why Robert was listed as sick.

1891 census United Kingdom census taken in Hove Sussex county  Wife: Eliza born 1865 in Spratton South Africa,

Son: William Maxwell Vacy born July 6th, 1885 in Ayra Burgal, India

July : His wife petitioned for her divorce. She accused him of adultery and verbal abuse. He was found not guilty of those charges.

September 30th : Appointed lieutenant-colonel (brigade surgeon) .(from the British British Medical Journal October 17th, 1891), … who shortly retires from the service, was entertained at a farewell dinner at the Hotel Metropole on October 12th by the officers of the Medical Staff serving at Brighton

November 18th : Retiring from service

August 9th, 1898 : Lieutenant colonel under London Gazette notification

September 25th 1899 : Transfer of mortgage of Leworthy Robert Vacy Ash of Fleetwood, co. Lancs, surgeon lieut. col. (retired) and Arthur John Kingdon of 30 Milk Street, Cheapside, London, gent. (co-executors of Ann Fry) To Francis John Oliver of 44 Cleveland Road, Stanford Avenue, Brighton, gent.

His medical registration with the General Medical Council for the UK for 1899 states he was living at 10 The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire

March 31st, 1901 (census) : He was a surgeon physician at his own account living at 10 Esplanade, Fleetwod. He was living with his cousin Thomas Hyler (physician). They had two domestic servant, Sarah Foster and Margaret Connelly. His son William was a student at Magdalen College

– His wife was visiting Mary Hooley (probably her sister) at 69th Belmont road, Portswood.

July 1901 : He petitioned for his divorce accusing his wife of adultery. She was found guilty and condemned to pay him a sum of money 1750

Picture of Dr Ash (1901)

March 1902 (first semester) : Married for the 2nd time in St George Hanover Square with Florence May Bratt.

September 18th, 1903 : Died suddenly at Morecambe, Lancashire. He was still employed on the retired List at Fleetwood.

September 21st, 1910 : His second wife remarried to a William Bottomley at St John’s Church Hartford, Cheshire, United Kingdom.

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Private James Stuart

Private James Stuart served in the Scots Guard 1st battalion during the 1882 Egyptin campaign. He is entitled to the 1882 Egypt Medal (clasp Tel-El-Kebir), the Khedive’s Star and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. His enlistment number is 4916.

Born September of 1859 in Banff, United Kingdom

Religion : Church of England     Trade : Painter

Eyes : Gray      Hair: Dark brown              Height : 5′ 9″

September 22 nd 1879 : Enlisted in the Scots Fusiliers Guards in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Served at home from until July 29th 1882

Drawing showing the departure of the ship Orient

July 30th : Sailed from Albert Docks in London, England on the ship Orient

August 12th : Disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt

Picture of 1st battalion Scots Guards in Alexandria on August 12th.

August 18th : From Alexandria embarked to Ismaila. Arrived on August 22nd

August 24th : Guards’s brigade were held in support at Tel-el-Mikuta. Started repairing railway and clearing the Canal.

September 12th : Guards’s brigade called-up as support to Graham’s brigade at Kassassin

September 13th (early morning) : Battle of Tel-el-Kebir.

Scots Guards were part of the Guards Brigade with the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards and the 1st Battalion Scots Guards and under the command of His Royal Highness Prince Arthur the Duke of Connaught (Queen Victoria’s 7th child). Guards’s brigade including the Scots Guards were held in reserve and by the time the regiment reached enemy’s parapet the battle was almost over.

Typical Scots Guards uniform for the Egyptian Campaign of 1882

Returned from Egypt on November 15th 1882 and continued to served at Home

October 1st, 1897 : Received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

October 12th : Discharged at his own request in London. His conduct is listed as exemplary

October 13th : Started to claim his pension.

He was still claiming a pension in 1926

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Picture of the Tel-El-Kebir battle ground (after the battle)