Congratulations on having James Gladwin’s medals.
900, Colour-Sergeant James Gladwin is confirmed on the Medal Roll as being entitled to the South Africa medal for service with the 94th Regiment in the Zulu War.
Baylor was born around 1837 at Hulme, Lancashire. His father was also James Baylor.
On 9 September 1859 Gladwin married Elizabeth Shiers at St. Mary, St. Denys and St. George church, Machester.
On 3 February 1866 he was a Corporal with the 94th Regiment at Chatham at the time of his second son’s (James Turner Gladwin) baptism
16 February 1870 he joined The Nelson Lodge of Freemason at Woolwich. His profession was given as “warehouseman Sergeant, 94th Regiment.
In the 1870s as part of the Cardwell Reforms, where single-battalion regiments were linked together to share a single depot and recruiting district in the United Kingdom, the 94th was linked with the 89th Regiment of Foot and assigned to district no. 65 at Gough Barracks in Armagh.
On 11 August 1870 he was a Sergeant in the 94th Regiment at the time of his fourth son’s (Frank Gladwin) baptism at St. Michael’s, Hulme, Lancaster.
On 2 April 1871, at the time of the census, he was residing Regiment of 94th Foot and 45th Depot Foot Centre Block Infantry Barracks at Aldershot, Hampshire with his wife, Elizabeth, and four sons (Albert E W Gladwin, James T Gladwin, John E Gladwin, and Frank Gladwin.)
On 26 February Baylor sailed aboard The Cunard Line ship “China” which was transporting the 94th Foot (28 officers and 897 men) from Southampton. The ship arrived in Natal, South Africa on 2 April 1879. The 94th served in the Zulu War where six companies were present at the battle of Ulundi. The 94th also served in the 2nd Campaign of the Sekukuni War, in 1879. For service in both of these campaigns Gladwin was entitled to the South Africa Medal with the “1879” clasp.
From 16 December 1880 – 23 March 1881 the 94th served in the 1st Boer War. There was no medal issued
1 July 1881 the 88th and the 94th Regiments became the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Connaught Rangers under the Childers Reforms
In April 1882 Colour-Sergeant J. Gladwin, 2nd Battalion, Connaught Rangers, was awarded his “Long Service and Good Conduct” medal.
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