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PostSubject: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:41 pm

Interesting little question.
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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:10 pm

Frank,

Northern or Southern Africa?

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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:43 pm

Southern John.
I was out rambling around the site on the weekend.
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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:52 pm

Try 8 January 1806 - I have walked the site on 200th anniversary with U.K. High Commissioner Paul Boateng in 2006.
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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:31 pm

Well done Kenny, lets keep it at that and see if anyone can identify the location. Incidently would any award/medal have been awarded or would it just be a regimental award?
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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:51 pm

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Having made the post, I remembered that the 24th did get awarded the famous SPHINX with Egypt in 1801. For 1806, as far as I can tell there were no awards to individuals and then the battle honour was only granted in 1824. In 1881 when the honour for South Africa 1877-8-9 was granted, the date 1806 was added to the earlier award to avoid confusion.
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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:03 pm

The Battle of Blaauwberg, also known as the Battle of Cape Town.
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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:21 pm

An officer of the 24th at the time of the Battle of Blauw Berg by Richard Simkin.
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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:30 pm

Odd that the Military General Service Medal didn’t extend to the Cape of Good Hope, given that the clasp ‘Java’ was authorised for another action against the Dutch.

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PostSubject: Re: The first battle fought in Africa by the 24th?   Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:47 pm

An erudite bunch indeed, well done Gentlemen. my most local battlefield and its taken me 50 years to get there
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