I really must apologise to everyone who responded to my request for information on the above soldier in 2009. I could have sworn I posted a " Thank you " note on the thread but it seems I didn't. Not like me at all!
I haven't used the Forum a lot since posting my request as I unfortunately developed heart trouble and was ill for quite a long time. (I'm fine now, thank God). Also my computer packed up around the same time and I delayed getting another one until I was sure I'd live to use it! I loaned other people's PC's for important stuff whilst I was without my own.
I reread my post today as I've received a PM from a Member who has information regarding my Soldier and I wanted to refresh my memory about what I'd posted before replying to him. I was shocked to realise that I hadn't thanked everyone for their kind help! So please accept my belated thanks and my sincere apologies for my unintentional rudeness.
Since posting my request I've managed to obtain my Soldier's Service Record and various Census copies and his Birth and Marriage Record. He served 21+years in the end, all in UK except for his time in South Africa. He was evidently illiterate on attestation as he signed his Attestation documents with an " X " followed by " his mark " written by the Officer taking him on!
According to his Service Record he was entitled to the South African Medal with 1879 clasp and also the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which, very unfortunately, I haven't got! I wish I had.
I'm still trying to find his place of death and his place of burial. He was born in Odiham, Hampshire, and he may have returned to that area on leaving the Army. His Christian name was George and he married a Sarah Dash with whom he had several children.
Anyway, Friends, I must email the Member who kindly got in touch so I'll leave you for the moment. My sincere apologies again for my rudeness.