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55th and 88th Foot

Postby littlenanny58 » 04 May 2011 19:13

Hi Can any one tell me where I can get information about battles that 55th and 88th Foot took part in, between 1854 and 1875.
Trying to trace my 3 x G Grandfather Michael Fitzpatrick. I understand he was court marshaled twice!

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Re: 55th and 88th Foot

Postby Keith Smith » 05 May 2011 00:17

I am assuming that you are referring to battles in South Africa, since you have posted your enquiry here. In fact, there was no warfare at the Cape of Good Hope between 1853, when the Eighth Frontier War ended, and 1877 when the the Ninth, and last, began. The period was largely dominated by the Great Cattle Killing of 1856-57 and it took a generation for the Xhosa people to recover. In any case, I am not sure that your regiments served in South Africa during that period.

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Re: 55th and 88th Foot

Postby littlenanny58 » 05 May 2011 17:37

Hi Keith,Thanks, I had better post my question else where!
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Re: 55th and 88th Foot

Postby Connaught » 30 Aug 2011 14:45

From 54-56 the 88th was on-duty with the Eastern Army and served in the Crimea. In 57 the 88th went to India in the wake of the Mutiny. In 59 the 88th posted to Delhi and remained there until returning to England in 1870. From 1870 to 1877 the 88th was posted variously in England and Ireland and did not ship to South Africa until 1877.

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Re: 55th and 88th Foot

Postby Jeff McWilliam » 17 Feb 2015 13:05

Hi All
Not wishing to be "pickky" with either Keith or "Connaught" I have to mention that the 88th did participate in the 9th Frontier War. In fact Major H.G.Moore (88th Foot) won the only VC of these so called Kaffir Wars for his bravery at Draaibosch (Dec 29th 1877).
The 88th arrived in South Africa on July 24th 1877 ob the Troop Ship "Orontes" and departed SA on the 4th Oct 1879 for India ob the "Crocodile" having also participated in the Zulu War with the 94th. There is a Zulu Medal to a 1064 Pte B.Fitzpatrick (88th Foot) in Forsyth's Roll which is marked "Returned to Woolwich" but, I appreciate that "littlenanny" did say that her ancestor served from 1854 to 1875 so probably does not qualify. Hope this information is of some interest and use. Regards Jeff
PS: As a matter of interest the 55th also did serve in South Africa from 1828 to 1830 but of course this is outside the Forum's dates of remit.
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