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PostSubject: L/Sgt Patrick Sharkey   Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:44 pm

L/Sgt Patrick Sharkey: The service, which gained L/Sgt Sharkey his DCM is detailed in a report of Maj Montague, dated Fort Alice, Standerton, 29 March 1881. An extract from this report reads as follows: 'I would especially mention Sgt Sharkey who with a party of 5 men held an exposed position on the roof during the whole of the siege keeping the look-out, informing me of every movement of the rebels and putting down fire from their position on the stony kopje with excellent effect, to judge from the number of men seen to fall'. Sharkey had served in the Zulu War and held the South Africa Medal for the Zulu and Basuto Wars with the 1879 Clasp. He subsequently served in the Scottish Horse during the Second South African War of 1899-1902. (The writer is indebted to Mr Brian Thomas of Durban, who so kindly provided details of the service, which gained for L/Sgt Sharkey the DCM, as well as his service background).
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