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South Africa Medal 1879 Bar, Indian General Service Medal 1887-89 Bar & Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
1887 Private 24th Foot
1592 Private Hampshire Regiment
2432 Private Norfolk Regiment
"Mr M.Barnes enlisted into the 37th Foot (now Hampshire Regt), in February 1878, but being imbued with martial ardour he volunteered for the ZULU War, and went out with the 24th Foot (South Wales Borderers). His adventures started early, as he was ship wrecked en route, but ultimately reached South Africa. Under the command of Lord Chelmsford, he was with the force which defeated the Zulu's at ULUNDI, which ended the reign of CETEWAYO.
After Ulundi, Barnes returned to Gosport and rejoined the Hampshires with whom he went to India, where he served three years.
Trouble in Burma called the Hampshire Regt into that sphere of action, and for several months King Theebaw and his army provided work for our troops, and attempted to stop them "on the road to Mandalay" but without avail. That August monach and his "umbrella" were captured and deported to India,while his domains were added to our Indian Empire by "Right of Conquest."
During the campaign Barnes transferred to the Norfolks,who were under orders for England.
He finished his 21 years service, receiving the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal; his other two are the Zulu and Burma medals.
Mr Barnes is now holding the position of steward at the Conservative Club , Saffron Walden."
Attested 13th February 1878 Winchester aged 18 years
806 Private 37th Regiment Foot
Transferred 22nd February 1879
1887 Private 24th Regiment Foot
Transferred 1st March 1880
1592 Private 37th Regiment Foot
Transferred 30th June 1889
2458 Private Norfolk Regiment.
Rebecca Elizabeth ROE
St Botolphs Church Colchester Essex
10th March 1892
Discharged 12th February 1899
Shown as still receiving a Pension 1929