To clarify, this is the information I have gleaned from the pay books:
Enlisted Cardiff 24/01/1877 24th Bde Depot 24-27/01/1877 (WO 12/10243 Pg 44) Remarks column: to 25 Bde 28 Jany
25th Bde Depot 28/01877-21/02/1877 WO 12/10247 Jan-Mar Quarter Pg 32d Remarks: To 2/24th 22 Feb
2/24th 25B/1112 From 25 Bde 22 Feb 22/02/1877-31/03/1877 WO 12/4157 Pg 42
2/24th Pte 01/10/1877-12/11/1877 Pg 34
L/Cpl 13/11/1877-25/11/1877 L/Cpl vice Dick Pg 15
Cpl 26/11/1877-31/03/1878 Cpl vice Cronin Pg 12 WO 16/1579 Oct 1877-Mar 1878 Quarter
@ Herbie, obviously a typo in Greaves.
@ Kenny not sure where the information came from which states he went to the first Battalion. The 57th were in New Zealand January 1861-April 1867 before returning to the UK then to Ireland in September 1871
The 63rd were in Ireland from August 1867-November 1870 before going to India until 1882.
It's possible he transferred over to the 63rd to increase their establishment for India, the dates are about right. When I next get a chance I will try to search the 63rd's paylist around 74/75 to see if he discharged. I will also try to see if his service record survived on Findmypast.