Thanks saw119. I do have a copy of his service record (which I have shared with Regt museum, Nott.) and his tunic and egyptian campaign medals are held by Derby Museum. He is 2427 Pte. Mark Henry Witcomb joined 95th in Feb 1881 just as the regt amalgamated with 45th foot (Nottinghamshire). He was on his way to India via some 'seasoning' in Gilbraltar when they were diverted to Egypt to garrison Alexandria along with 2nd Batt Manchesters. At the end of 1882, the batt went onto India but he was returned to the depot at Derby. I have a 1914 original of the "Derbshire Campaign Series No.3 Egypt Campaign" (foreword by F.Maurice, Major and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel) which refers to 100 time-served and sick soldiers retuning to Derby and not going onto India - so I'm assuming he must have been on the sick list. Nothing is then heard of him until his marriage in 1890 and transfer to the reserves. He died in Feb 1929 and is buried in Derby Cemetary. I also have H.C Wylly's 1929 2 volumes History of Sherwood Foresters 45th & 95th - which confirms the movements of the 2nd Batt but nothing new for me.I also have a good collection of Derbys Regt badges, helmet plates etc etc. I also have a bound copy of "I'm 95" for 1896 containing the batt's monthly newsletter while in India including correspondence for each company and 'from the folks at the depot' . Interestingly, it includes chain of letters on what the memorial for John North Crealock should be and where it should be placed - (it's in St Giles Church, Normanton, Derby). Makes fascinating reading. I have phtos of Normantion Barracks but they are of it's demolition - would be great if there were photos from 1882/1890 of the barracks and the 2nd Batt out there !
I guess I'm probably after a level of personal detail which may simply not exist in any records. So I might just have to settle for getting as much general info as possible on life in Derby Depot 1882 to 1890.
Unless, of course, anyone knows of any archive material out there which might include him....??