Death at Fish River in 1861

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Death at Fish River in 1861

Postby Osprey » 22 Oct 2012 22:36

One of my lot joined the 74th regiment of foot (Highland Light Infantry) and sailed to South Africa with them on 16 March 1851 to engage in quelling the Xhosa uprising in the Cape. Any ideas where I could find out which ship and from where?

I'm aware that the 74th moved to India in 1853 - but my ancestor William Troup seems to have stayed on in SA. I have his will which states he died in action near Fish River in August 1861and that he was in the Cape Mounted Rifles. His family remained in Scotland during all of this time. Can anyone provide information about action near Fish River - I have seen some reports of an engagement there in late September 1861 - but haven't found anything for August.

Can anyone suggest if he would have been transferred from 74th Foot to Cape Mounted Rifles or if he would have been de-mobbed from one and later joined the other?

Also would there be any possibility of a service record for him in CMR anywhere?

Apologies for multiple questions.

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Re: Death at Fish River in 1861

Postby Keith Smith » 08 Nov 2012 23:17

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There was no formal war with the Xhosa between the end of the Eighth War in 1853 and the start of the Ninth in 1877. There were, of course, any number of individual incidents in the intervening period when both civilians and members of the CMR lost their lives. It might therefore be difficult to track down this particular engagement.

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Re: Death at Fish River in 1861

Postby Osprey » 11 Nov 2012 12:08

Thanks Keith - that's helpful.

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Re: Death at Fish River in 1861

Postby Jeff McWilliam » 03 Feb 2015 00:38

Hi Osprey
Sorry for the extremely late reply but I have only just joined and have seen your post. Hope you are still "out there" somewhere :
It would seem that your ancestor sailed on HMSS "Vulcan" from Queenstown (Ireland) on Sunday, the 16th March 1851 and arrived at Simon's Bay (South Africa) on the 12th May.
Other (more personal) details might possibly be found in the Regimental Musters (WO12/8103 to 8106) at the National Archives. Unfortunately the Muster Rolls for the CMR (WO12/10573) for this period are not very informative but may give you the details you require re his death. Regards Jeff
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