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PostSubject: Harry Figg, Domestic Class 3, HMS Bodicea   Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg) EmptySat Jan 23, 2010 5:25 pm

I have come across this little article with two names to Zulu War Veterans.
I can find one but not the other? Anyone know who Mr S J Godkin is?
This could be one for Petty Officer Tom?

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The Sydney Morning Herald - Dec 20, 1937
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PostSubject: Harry Figg, Domestic Class 3, HMS Bodicea   Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg) EmptySat Jan 23, 2010 7:22 pm

1879graves,

I could find no record of S J Godkin on the medal roll for any ship entitled to the medal 1877-79 for service in the Zulu War.

I did locate a Samuel Joseph Godkin born 10 April, 1863. He would have been 16 in 1879. He probably held the rank of Boy 1cl. It is possible that he served on some other ship not entitled to the medal such as HMS Jumna, which was carrying the Marine Battalion to South Africa when it was halted at Simon's Bay by General Wolesley as the war was coming to an end.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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Hi Tom

You have been a big help, as I can now rule out Godkin Idea

Many thanks for the info

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PostSubject: Re: Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg)   Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg) EmptySat Sep 25, 2010 9:35 pm

Harry Figg, of 8 Church Street, Petersham, one of the last survivors of the Ashanti and Coomassie campaigns of 1873-74. He fought also in the Zulu War of 1879, the battles of Majuba Hill and Laing's Nek in 1881, and the Boer War. 1899-1902.

Mr. Figg, Zulu War Veteran, Dies.

Mr. Harry Figg, believed to be the sole survivor of the Zulu war of 1879 living in Australia, died at Mar- rickville District Hospital yesterday morning at the age of 98.
Mr. Figg, a former Royal Navy chief petty officer, had been a leading figure among veterans taking part in Anzac Day and Empire Day ceremonies for half a century.
This year was the first time he had missed the ceremony.Born in Portsmouth, England, he settled in Australia at an early age.For several weeks he had been in hospital. Last Sun- day he returned to his home in Church Street, Petersham, to celebrate his 98th birthday, then went back to hospital.

Graves. this is an artical you posted sometime ago. Harry Figg gets a mention.

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PostSubject: Re: Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg)   Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg) EmptySat Sep 25, 2010 9:59 pm

Hi Littlehand

Great find with the info on Figg.


Yes I did post the article some time ago, but I have only just found the photo article of him :lol!:

What we need to find now is his grave Idea

I think that we need now is 90th as he lives in Aus :lol!: I bet he will say it is a big place and would be hard to find :lol!: It does not look that big on the map :lol!: :lol!: :lol!: :lol!:
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i'm already looking for it. Idea
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg)   Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg) EmptySun Sep 26, 2010 11:34 am

GOVERNOR MEETS OLDEST WARRIOR.
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The Governor, Lieutenant-General Northcott (right), enjoys reminiscences with Mr. Harry Figg, of Petersham, oldest guest at yesterday's Christmas party in Sydney of the Army and Navy Veterans' Association. Mr. Figg, who is 92, recalled service in the Zulu campaign in South-west Africa in the 'seventies.

He Fought In Five Wars
AN 85-year-old veteran
who has fought in five wars and wears 13 medals with 10 bars, was the most colourful figure at a reunion held by the Battle Veterans of Australia at their club- rooms in Bridge Street yesterday.
Major E. J. Gaskcll-or if you prefer it you can call him Lieutenant - Commander - spent part of his 70-odd years' service in the navy and part la the army. Most of- the time he handled guns of one kind or another.

"It was hard work, but I'd be in it again tomorrow if I were a young man," he declared. "I've been fighting all my life-and I'd like to die fighting."The major even tried to do his bit in World War 11. For a time he was in charge of a landing barge in New Guinea.
"But they sent me back because I was too 'young' ", be said, "and assigned me to shore duty. I didn't care for that so 1 retired."
In one of his wars the major recalled-in South Africa he had come to know Win- ston Churchill. Churchill was a good war correspondent, he declared.
Despite his years, Major Gas kell isn't the oldest member of Battle Veterans Club. The honour belongs to 98-year-old Harry Figg, of Petersham, who fought at Ashanti.
Members of the club marched to the Cenotaph yesterday afternoon to lay a wreath.
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Just another bit of information on Harry.

VETERAN BUYS BONDS
Ex-Chief Officer Harry Figg, RN., who served in H.M.S. Encounter in the Ashanti War in 1873 and in H.M.S. Boadicea In the Zulu War in 1879, is shown with the Mayor of Petersham, Alderman J. F. Laxton, and Miss Ruth Hynes examining the five £10 bond which he purchased in the Security Loan yesterday.
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PostSubject: Harry Figg   Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg) EmptySun Sep 26, 2010 11:54 am

hi littlehand .
I wonder who and where is his zulu war medal ?. I suppose it's still in his families possesion , one would like to think so anyway .
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A really wonderfull topic. Thanks 1879graves and Littlehand. I would love to see old Harry's grave. I would also like to think that his medals were burried with him.

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PostSubject: Harry Figg , Domestic 3rd Class , HMS Bodicea   Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg) EmptySun Feb 08, 2015 10:20 pm

Well he's on the Roll , and entitled to the Medal with Clasp 1879 , which means he was in Zululand .
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Quite a lot of the veterans seemed to have ended up down under.
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PostSubject: Harry Figg Dom 3rd Class ; HMS Bodicea    Zulu War Sailor in 1952 (Harry Figg) EmptySun Feb 08, 2015 10:50 pm

John , I've thought that as well over the years , and that's the one's we know of ! .
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Is it possible. These soldiers ended their careers in SA or brought themselves out of the army, and headed for Australia. ?
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It certainly appears to be what happened on numerous occasions .
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