I've recently discovered an ancestor of mine, Pvt. Jacob Gale, 795, b.1859 in Tormarton, Gloucestershire, served with the 1/24th Foot in South Africa and qualified for the 1877-8 clasp of the SA medal but not the 1879 and of course he, luckily for him, wasn't present at Isandlwana or Rorke's Drift, or indeed involved in the campaign at all it seems.
Through Ancestry i have the medal roll entry as well as a worryingly long list of court martial entries and desertions, including going absent on 30th June 1880 whilst at Gosport and a final sentence of 2 years in 1884 in Colchester for striking a Sgt.
I can't find him in the 1891 census or beyond.
As the 1/24th is such a famous battalion at that time i'm hoping someone may be able to fill a few blanks for me, i'm aware of the availability of muster rolls from Kew but perhaps a few of you have copies of them.
Which company or companies did he serve in during his time in SA? I assume he was still there in 1879 and served with one of the 3 companies left behind when the rest of the battalion marched to its doom.
Might there be another reason why he missed any action during the Zulu war like sickness or a wounding?
What happened to him after his 2 year sentence in 1884? Died, discharged or remained in the army and sent overseas?
Finally, probably a long shot, is he mentioned anywhere in the literature?
Thanks in advance for any help