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PostSubject: WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER JAMES.   Sat May 01, 2010 9:33 pm


Sub-Lieutenant, 28 February, 1874. Lieutenant, 28 February,
1874. Captain, 22 December, 1880.

South African War, 1879. Zulu Campaign. Battle of Ulundi (slightly wounded). Despatches, Lotidon Gazette^ 21 August, 1879. Medal with clasp. Egyptian Expedition, 1882. Aide- de-Camp to General Officer commanding the First Division. Actions of El Magfar, Tel-el-Mahuta, Kassassin of 9 September, battle of Tel-el-Kebir. Despatches, London Gazette, 2 November, 1882. Medal with clasp; bronze star. Brevet of Major. 4th class Medjidie.

Soudan Expedition, 1885. Suakim. In command of Camel Corps. Despatches, London Gazette, 25 August, 1885. Clasp.
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PostSubject: Re: WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER JAMES.   Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:01 pm

Served with the 17th Lancers during the whole of the advance of that regiment in Zululand with the 2nd Division. He was present at the cavalry affair at Erzungayann and at the Battle of Ulundi. He was slightly wounded in the latter engagement, in the pursuit, with an assegai, and his horse was also wounded with a bullet. He returned with the regiment to Pinetown, and embarked on the 27th August.

Date of Birth - 29th September 1851
First Appointment - Sub-Lieutenant - 2nd Dragoons - 28th February 1874
Lieutenant - 2nd Dragoons - 28th February 1874
Captain - 2nd Dragoons - 22nd December 1880
Brevet Major - 18th November 1882
Special Service, South Africa - January 1879 to 2nd October 1879
Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant-General 1st Division Expeditionary Force, Egypt - 4th August 1882 to 2nd November 1882
Brigade Major, Cavalry Brigade, Curragh - 15th August 1883 to ?
He passed the Staff College Examination in 1882
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