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PostSubject: Davies/Higginson   Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:36 pm

Are there any photos of Harry Davies or Walter Higginson as i don't recall
seeing one in any books ?

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PostSubject: Re: Davies/Higginson   Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:18 pm

Drummer Boy 14 wrote:
Are there any photos of Harry Davies or Walter Higginson as i don't recall
seeing one in any books ?


Hi DB14

Il think, no.


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PostSubject: Re: Davies/Higginson   Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:18 pm

Just out of interest. Salute

"Walter HIGGINSON (son of Frederick HIGGINSON and Catherine [HIGGINSON])1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 died Aft. 1886 in Colonial Office List.

Notes for Walter HIGGINSON:
1874 listed as living with Frederick HIGGINSON at c1Burlington Rd, Mespil, Dublin

English Army List 1875
HIGGINSON Walter R, Infantry Militia - Ireland, Royal Dublin City, Queens Own Regiment, 23 June 1875.

Colonial Office List 1888
HIGGINSON Walter Robert - Formerly lieut. in the Dublin City Militia; served through Cape war of 1877-78 in the F.A.M.P.; lieut. and adj. 3rd regiment., Natal native contingent, Nov., 1878; present at the attack on ? kraal, at the battle of
Isandhlana; mentioned in the dispatches having endeavored to save the colours of the 1/24th regiment; appointed capt. 3rd troop, Natal horse; present at Ulundi, and during the siege of Pretoria (medal and clasp for 1877-8-9; assistant
inspector, G C C , Aug 1881; government secretary and superintendent of police, Gambia, Dec 1886.
NNC - Natal Native Contingent
FAMP - Frontier Armed & Mounted Police

Mrs Cloughs Boarding House
Nov 11 1879

Having heard that there is a vacancy for a clerk in the Office of the Colonial Civil Service, I have the honor to offer myself as a candidate for the same. I was for some time a substitute clerk in the General Post Office Dublin, under my
brother-in-law Mr Blackwood Hallowes, and I acted as Adjutant of my late Regt the Dublin City Militia for nearly nine months, I also served throughout the late war as Lieutenant, first in the Native Contingent, and then in Bettington's
Horse. Any reference to T Shepstone Esq ? Jnr, I am sure will be found satisfactory.
Hoping you will give me this my application your most favorable consideration
I have the honor
To be Sir
your obedient Servant
Walter R Higginson [AGO Vol 1/8/24 Ref: 404A/1882]

August 5th 80
To The Colonial Secretary

I have just heard that a Corps is to be raised in Pretoria on the same plan as the Natal Mounted Police and having had a little experience in such matters I beg to forward you this my application for a commission and hope that you will bring it
to the favorable notice of His Excellency The Governor. I was for some time a Lieutenant in the Dublin City Militia but resigned my commission in the spring of 77 and joined the Old Colony Police I served through the whole war with them as a
Trooper. When the war was over I claimed my discharge and having some interest obtained. I then joined [Comm of] Lonsdale as Lieut and [Adjutant] of the 3rd Natal Native Regiment I was present at (and am sorry to say lost all my certificates]
the Battle of Isandhlana and the enclosed letter is a copy of one received by my mother Mrs Higginson from the Military Secretary acknowledging my services in trying to save the Queens Color of the 1/24 Regt . In March I transferred to No. 3
Troop Natal Horse under Capt Bettington and finished the war with him I recruited the whole of his troop for him, and had the command of it for a month in P.M.Burg. I beg to enclose you a copy of a letter from Capt Bettington and also a
certificate I obtained from Capt Hamilton 90th Regt in lieu of my School of Instruction certificate which I lost with my Commission, riding School and musketry ones. Hoping you will bring this my application to the favorable notice of His
Excellency The Governor
I share the honor to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, Walter Higginson [ Vol. 447, Ref. No. R3371/80]

P.M. Burg
Oct 2nd 79

Lieut Higginson has served with me for the last six months as Lieutenant of no. # Troop Natal Horse & has always performed his duties most satisfactorily he is an excellent drill in both cavalry and Infantry & while he was in Command of the
Troop in PMBurg always turned them out in good order, he also recruited the Troop. He joined my Troop when Comm Lonsdales Natives were disbanded in March 79. I consider him to be a most useful officer in every way
Claude Bettington
Capt No 3 Troop Natal Horse [ Vol. 447, Ref. No. R3371/80]

Horse Guards, War Office [S A]
I am desired by the Duke of Cambridge to acknowledge your letter of the 29 ulto regarding your son Lieut Higginson of the Natal Native Contingent who was mentioned in Colonol Glyn's despatches of the 21st Feb last (published in the London
Gazette of 4 April) as having assisted in the endeavours to save the Queens Colour of the 1st [Bt] 24th [For-] after the disaster at Isandhlana.
In compliance with your request. His Royal Highness has had the pleasure in directing me to call Lord Chelmsford's attention to the case of your son in the hope of his Lordship being enabled to advance his interest
I have the honour to be, Madam, Your obed. Servant
A [Horsford] [ Vol. 447, Ref. No. R3371/80]

Pietermaritzburg, Natal S. Africa,
21st October 1879

I certify that Lieut W Higginson of the Dublin City Militia attended the School of Instruction for Officers of the [Aux.ly ] Forces at Richmond Barracks Dublin of which Colonel H.W. palmer 90th Light Infantry was Commandant and of which I was
Adjutant in the Spring of 1874 and that he passed a most satisfactory examination both written and on Parade and received a (1st) First Class Certificate
W D Hamilton Captain, 90th Lt Infantry [ Vol. 447, Ref. No. R3371/80]

Colonial Office, Pretoria

I am directed by His Excellency Sir [W McLaugom ???] to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 5 ultimo applying for a commission in the Transvaal Police Force and to inform you that at present no vacancy exists but that your name has
been noted as a candidate and that your application will be considered whenever a suitable opportunity arises for employing you
I have .., [signed] Col. Secty [ Vol. 447, Ref. No. R3371/80]

16th Oct. 1880
To, The Hon. G Hudson Esq, Col. Sec., Pretoria

I beg to acknowledge receipt of your [favor] of the 14th inst., No. 1748/80, asking me to report upon the qualifications of Mr. W R Higginson, at present employed in my office, and as to whether he speaks or writes Dutch; -and in reply to state
that, employing, Mr. Higginson, as I do, as a copying clerk, I know little or nothing of his "qualifications", but can say that he writes a very fair hand and attends regularly to whatever he as given him to do. He is fast learning the work of
the office, & if he remains with me, will soon be a valuable assistant. He unfortunately, know nothing of Dutch beyond understanding a word here & there during a conversation in that language I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient, [S P
Ford] [Ast. ] [ Vol. 447, Ref. No. R3371/80]

Oct 29th 80
To, The Colonial Secretary

Mr Ford has just informed me of your kind offer of a Clerkship for myself in the Colonial Office, but as he has lately told me he is likely to raise my salary, I think it would be more to my advantage to continue at the Law. I must beg
therefore to refuse your offer, thanking you very much for your kindness in thinking of me
I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant, Walter Robert Higginson [Vol. 481, Ref. No. R4620/80]

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