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 Just out of interest Lt.Col. H. Degacher changed his name.

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PostSubject: Just out of interest Lt.Col. H. Degacher changed his name.   Thu May 27, 2010 10:27 pm

Hitchcock, William, son of Walter H. Hitchcock, Esq., Horsham, Sussex, aged 14, April 4. Compton. Changed his name to. Degacher. Served in the, 24th Regiment and was killed at Isandlana, 22 February, 1879.

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PostSubject: Lt Col . H. Degacher.   Fri May 28, 2010 3:30 am

hi littlehand .
It seems you have mixed up Henry with William . The following is from " The Noble 24th " by Norman Holme.

Degacher . William . Captain.
Born 4/4/1841 , he was the 3rd son of Walter Henry Degacher of ST.OMER France . He was educated at the Imperial
college , St. Omer , and at Rugby . On the 31 / 5 / 59 he was Gazetted ( under the name of Hitchcock ) as an Ensign ,
2nd Bn 24th Regt , becoming a Lieutenant 19 / 8/ 62 . Promoted Capt 2 /12 /68 and also received his company on that date.
He served with his Batt at various home stations , in Mauritius and at the Mediterranean stations. In 1874 he took the name
Degacher . He served in Sth Africa , where he took part in the expedition to the Diamond FIelds , under Gen Sir Arthur Cunynghame in 1876 . On returning to Cape Town at the latter end of the year he proceeded home on leave . In March 77
he married Caroline , daughter of Gen . Webber - Smith CB. Shortly after arriving in England , Capt. Degacher formed an
intention to retire from the service . In consequence of the Kaffir war breaking out about this time , he volunteered for active
service , and again embarked for Sth Africa . October 78 he rejoined his Regt , which was then preparing for the forthcoming
invasion of ZULULAND . Taking part in the subsequent advance of the Headquarters Column , he commanded the 1st Btn 24th
Regt at the crossing of the Buffalo River and at the storming of Sirayo's stronghold in the Bashee Valley . His eldest brother . Lt
Col . Henry Degacher CB was at this time , in command of the 2nd Btn 24th Regt . Capt Degacher advanced with the column to
Isandlwana , and in the disastrous encounter with the enemy on 22 /1 /79 , was in command of the Battalion . Lt.Col H. Pulleine
being in command of the troops . No account of the manner of his death exists , it is , however , assumed that he fell shortly after
the three companies were driven in by the Zuls. Idea .
cheers 90th.
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