Lieutenant John Chard:What's our strength? Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead Seven officers including surgeon commissaries and so on Adendorff now I suppose wounded and sick 36 fit for duty 97 and about 40 native levies Not much of an army for you.
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Captain David Moriarity, 80th, KIA Ntombe
This photograph taken when he was in the 7th Regiment prior to his transfer to the 80th. [Mac & Shad] (Isandula Collection)
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 976 Private Walter Adey

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PostSubject: 976 Private Walter Adey   Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:13 pm

Born: Wednesfield, Staffordshire, 26/07/1875, Enlisted at Walsall; Age 23 yrs 9 mnths, Joined Regiment at Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, 13/06/1877, Eyes Grey, Hair brown, Complexion Fresh, Height 5ft 6ins, Trade Saddler, Discharged Invalid 12/4/1881

wonder what monies he received, if anything, to help him...
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PostSubject: Re: 976 Private Walter Adey   Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:01 pm

Very little, most were left to their own devices. Read the story relating to, Corporal Schiess. Awarded the Victoria Cross for the defence at Rorkes Drift. This will give you a good indication of what the future held for those who fought for the empire.

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PostSubject: Re: 976 Private Walter Adey   Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:15 pm

E.H. And it still applies today.

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PostSubject: Re: 976 Private Walter Adey   Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:22 pm

I won’t argue with that sas1. I take it you are in the armed forces.

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PostSubject: Re: 976 Private Walter Adey   Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:04 pm

What happen to Schiess. After the disbandment of the volunteer forces, he failed to find work. In 1884, he was found on the streets of Cape Town suffering from exposure and malnutrition. The Royal Navy found him, gave him food, and offered him a passage to England, which he accepted, but he became ill during the voyage. He died on board ship on 14 December 1884 aged 28, and is buried at sea off the coast of Angola.
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PostSubject: Re: 976 Private Walter Adey   Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:48 pm

Hi prm502
This is the info I have on him, note how if differs from yours.

He was born in the Parish of Darlaston, Staffordshire. He enlisted at Walsall on 21st April 1877 aged 21 years. He was 5 feet 4 3/4 inches tall. His complexion was fresh, his eyes hazel and his hair brown. His trade was that of a labourer. He joined the regiment at Cape of Good Hope on 13th June 1877. He was discharged (invalided) on 23rd February 1880. His service number was 976.
In 1901 he was living in the parish of Wednesbury, Stafford and his occupation is stated as ‘Bolt Forger’. Age 44.
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PostSubject: Re: 976 Private Walter Adey   Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:35 pm

Interesting how different our data seems to be - although my information is corroborated by Robert Hope in both his texts on the 80th Regiment scratch
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