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PostSubject: Robert Walker. Formerly Major R.M.L.I   Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:15 pm

Robert Walker, b. 1847 formerly Major R. M.L.I ; served in Zulu war 1879, and in Egyptian campaign 1882 (mentioned in despatches medal with clasp, bronze star, and 4th class Medjidie) : Married. 1877, Constance Elizabeth, daughter. of the late Francis Shand, Esq., of Woolton Wood, Lancashire, and has issue living, Esme, b. 1878, Edith, b. 1882, Erica, b. 1889. Residence, Broomy Lodge, New Forest, Ringwood.- Arthur Cleveland, R.N., i. 1854; became Lieut 1879; served in Egyptian War.

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PostSubject: Re: Robert Walker. Formerly Major R.M.L.I   Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:36 pm

littlehand,

This is one Marine Officer I have never heard of before. Was his service in the Zulu War while he was a marine, or afterwards?

I have what I believe to be an accurate list of officers who served with the Marine Battalion that arrived just as the war was ending; and he is not on that list.

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PostSubject: Re: Robert Walker. Formerly Major R.M.L.I   Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:44 pm

Sorry Tom. Not sure on that one.
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PostSubject: Re: Robert Walker. Formerly Major R.M.L.I   Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:10 pm

Hi All

I have checked the Medal Roll, Army Lists and Navy Lists and I am unable to find him listed for 1879. scratch
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PostSubject: Robert Walker . Formerly Major R.M.L.I.   Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:21 pm

Hi All .
I have also checked my Medal Roll and didnt find him .
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PostSubject: Re: Robert Walker. Formerly Major R.M.L.I   Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:29 am

littlehand,

I believe your “Robert Walker” was actually “Robert Walker Heathcote” who was born in 1847, and attained the rank of Major in the Royal Marine Light Infantry.  In 1879 he was a Lieutenant who “served in the Battalion of Royal Marines sent to South Africa for special service in the Zulu War.”  The Battalion left England in June, 1879 on HMS Jumna and arrived at the Cape in July where they were halted, and then sent back to England without taking part in the war.  He was not entitled to the South Africa Medal.

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