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PostSubject: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:00 pm

Hi all

Can anyone shed any light on Major Cunningham?

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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:40 pm

1879Graves what year was Cunningham sentence to prison ?
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:47 pm

Hi littlehand

The article was from Taranaki Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 11451, 15 February 1899, Page 1
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:58 pm

Thanks. I will start looking.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:05 pm

1879Graves.In the article its says, “Rescuing the body of Lord.” (Is Lord the gent’s name who died) Or have they missed the name off, so it should be LORD (Who Ever)
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:13 pm

Hi littlehand

Lord St Vincent
Lord St. Vincent served in the Zulu War of 1879 as Orderly Officer to Major General Marshall, and was present with the 17th Lancers in the engagements at Zuinguin Mountain and Ulundi (Medal with Clasp). Served as Orderly Officer to Brigadier General C.M. MacGregor in the expedition against the Marress in Sothern Afghanistan in 1880 (mentioned in despatches, Medal). Served in the Boer war of 1881 as Adjutant of Barrow's Mounted Infantry. Served in the Egyptian war of 1882 as Aide de Camp to Major General Drury Lowe, Commanding the Cavalry Division, and was present at the battle of Tel-el-Kebir and the capture of Cairo (mentioned in despatches, Medal with Clasp, 4th Class of the Medjidie, and Khedive's Star). Wounded at Abu Klea 17th January 1885, died a few days later.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:36 pm

1879Graves this on Lord St Vincent. I still trying to find something on Cunningham.

The fourth Viscent. St. Vincent, late owner of this lordship, young as he was, had seen considerable service. Although only 34 years of age at the time of his death, he had taken part in no less than five campaigns. In the Zulu War in 1879; in the Afghan War, the following year; in the Transvaal of 1881 ; in the Egyptian campaign of 1882; and, lastly, at Abu-Klea in the Soudan, where he received his death wound. The following iiiciitorandniit, intended as a Codicil to his Will, derives a peculiar signihcancy from the circumstances under which it was written, being made by the deceased after he was wounded, and found written in pencil on a leaf of his pocket book, in the form of a letter,


as follows : — Dear Mother, — In the extent of my dying under the operation about to be performed, I should like Privates Teaffy Hosmar, and Knight, to have an annuity of ^15 each. I should like a tablet put in Norton Church, with a short description from
' Army List,' or elsewhere, of my military life.
Your affectionate Son,

To Lady St. Vincent. St. Vincent.


Source:"Parish memorials relating to Norton Disney in the diocese and county of Lincoln"

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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:31 pm

Sounds strange, he transfers into the 17th in 1880, that being so he wouldnt have served in the Zulu wars. It was all over by then.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:37 pm

Good point.

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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:04 pm

Hi all

The article appeared 20 years after the Zulu War and they could have got the date of 1880 incorrect?
Major C Robert Gum Cunningham came from the 16th Lancers ? As you can see from the 1877 Army list the above Cunningham is not listed but a Douglas Alexander Graham Cunningham Graham is listed.
As the article stated that Lord St Vincent died in his arms, I wondered if anyone had heard of a Major Cunningham in 1885?

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I have checked the Army list for the 17th Lancers for 1884 and cannot find him here? Suspect
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As the Judge says in the article "if the statements contained therein were true", well I do not believe that they are !!! Idea
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:40 pm

Grave's. I have tried searching for person's who was in attendance during the death of Lord St Vincent. (No Joy) Can’t find nothing on Cunningham at all connected to Vincent. I will try other avenues.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:45 pm

From the London Gazette 1885
Militia Royal Artillery
7th Brigade North Irish Division Lt Cornwallis Robert Ducarel Gun Cunninghame to be Captain Dated 7th January 1885.
Gives the Irish Connection????
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PostSubject: Re: Another Mystery Man Major Cunningham   Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:42 pm

Hi littlehand
Many thanks for trying to find him, if you find anything out, please let me know Idea

Hi rai
Thanks for Cunninghame, he was a very rich man :)

Major Cornwallis Robert Ducarel Gun Cuninghame was born on 9 June 1857. He was the son of Colonel Robert George Archibald Hamilton Gun Cuninghame and Isabella Tottenham. He married Isabella Wingfield, daughter of Richard Robert Wingfield and Fanny Castle, on 27 September 1886. He married Constance Evelyn Vipan, daughter of Edwin Joseph Vipan, on 27 April 1904. He died on 6 September 1928 at age 71.
Major Cornwallis Robert Ducarel Gun Cuninghame was Justice of the Peace (J.P.). He was hon Major Royal Artillery 7th Brigade N Irish Div.1 He was Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.). He lived Mount Kennedy. County Wicklow. In 1886 High Sheriff.
Children of Major Cornwallis Robert Ducarel Gun Cuninghame and Isabella Wingfield

* Dorothy Isabella Gun Cuninghame b. 11 Apr 1889
* May Gun Cuninghame b. 16 May 1890, d. 2 Feb 1972
* Mary Winifred Gun Cuninghame b. 11 Aug 1892, d. 26 Feb 1947
* Robert George Arthur Gun Cuninghame b. 4 Jan 1896, d. 29 Oct 1970
* Henry Maurice Benedict Gun Cuninghame b. 16 Mar 1897, d. 21 Aug 1970
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