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PostSubject: Hughcastle    Hughcastle EmptyMon Feb 07, 2011 11:18 pm

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"Gregory was the son of rich Industrialist and Brigadier Malory Spencer Hughcastle, his mother was Patricia de Vere Capel A cousin of Earl of Essex.

From a young age Gregory as a young boy enjoyed the arts equestrianism duck hunting in the English countryside and on his mothers estate.Malory was a kind father stern but fair, Patricia doted on the boy Gregory as her only son. At the age of 10 Patricia died from tuberculosis, Gregory wept at here bedside her mother regretting that she would not see the boy grow up.

A vaguer of her will and her sudden death meant that the Hughcastles were not included in inheritance of the estate. The young Gregory and his father moved to Tanzania where his father had extensive shares in mining companies. AT the time Tanzania had just come under British rule after being a German colony and exporting became much easier. Gregory though his teen learned under his father how to hunt and the successful exploitation of human resources, at age 18 he returned to England to study at Oxford reading Ancient History. In the meantime his father was called into service as fighting broke out in the The Anglo-Zulu War.His father fought in a number of successful skirmishes with the Zulus, making the young Gregory proud. Upon his return to Tanzania and kied up by his fathers military achievements Gregory joined the newly formed Imperial Yeomanry to fight the rebellious Boers. Through his fathers name Gregory was given command of a battalion and fought Boer volunteers led by Frenchman Count de Villebois-Mareuil at Boshof Gregory himself slaying the Countwith a well aimed rifle shot.

After some disastrous battles backing for the Yeomanry dropped off, and Gregory worked for a time as a Police Officer in South Africa. In 1900 his father became ill in Egypt he was part of the contingent overseeing the develop meant of the Suez canal. Gregory travelled as quickly as he could north but tpo no avail by the time he arrived his father was dead. Gregory moved into the family estate Tanzinia and set up as a hunter of wild animals guiding Aristocracy on hunting trips. He gained quite a reputation for his skills and though his rich influential friends. Here he continued form 1901 - 1914 and breakout of war

Iniatially Gregory was training others in the skill of marksman ship, however itching for the thrill of the hunt and the fight
Gregory enlisted for front action. On Feb 15 during a covert mission to slay and enemy commander at Villea Gregory found himself cut off and intelligence had been incorrect the commander had not arrived he hid in bombout farmhouse for days rats eating at his closes, shivering the dark until finally the target arrive at the yonder camp. Shaking and pneumonia setting in Gregory failed the shot, he crawled his way back to british lines.. in the ensuing push thousands of British and Canadian soldiers died. lying in his deathbed Gregory never forgave himself for his failure.

awakening the new dead world Gregory was reaped quickly by the servants of the skeletal legion, attendants in hospital on the other side however no sooner than he had been removed from his caul the hospital came under attack from the grim legion in the ensuing battle Gregory proved himself well and was enlisted as a legionnaire Gregory though himself into at a fervour, determined to make up for his great mistake."
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PostSubject: Re: Hughcastle    Hughcastle EmptySun Feb 13, 2011 12:01 pm

Hi Littlehand

I am unable to locate any Hughcastle's listed on the Medal Roll.

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PostSubject: Re: Hughcastle    Hughcastle EmptySun Feb 13, 2011 12:22 pm

he is not a real person read the last paragraph
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PostSubject: Re: Hughcastle    Hughcastle EmptySun Feb 13, 2011 5:07 pm

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Thanks. Graves, Rai. So its a No!!!
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