Hi everyone, this is my first post. I hope someone can help with a bit of a mystery regarding a soldier who served with the 66th in the 2nd Afghan War. Pte. 1521 Alfred Berger was entitled to the Afghanistan Medal with Kandahar clasp, and the Kabul to Kandahar Star. He was engaged in the Field Reserve 1st Brigade Daubeney 1st September 1880. He died at Quetta on 6th October 1880.
At some stage in the future I will visit Kew and get as much info as I can, but I'm a little confused with the info I have so far uncovered. There's not a lot of info regarding the march from Kandahar to Quetta, other than what I found in Richard J Stackpool-Rydings excellent book, Maiwand. He mentions that the 66th Reached Quetta on the 13th October, a full week before Pte. Berger died. Could it be that Berger was sent to Quetta ahead of the rest of the 66th who marched out to Quetta on the 1st October, having suffered wounds in the fighting around Kandahar? Or is it more likely he died on the march towards Quetta, having left Kandahar on the 1st Oct?
My reserach shows that five men died at (or on the march to) Quetta, and four of these men are listed in the above mentioned book; Pte. 687 T. Shaw, Pte. 1394 C. Hall, Pte. 1373 G. Burson and Corporal 1220 G. Williams. For whatever reason Pte. Berger isn't mentioned neither in this book or any other books I've read about the aftermath of Maiwand.
I would be very grateful for any info regarding Pte. Berger, where he attested, where he was born and how he died, his campaigns etc. I live in Reading and walked over to the Forbury Gardens this morning with his medal in my hand, and sure enough his name is there on the monument, along with the many names of the 66th who died at Maiwand.