Rumrat said:I have conceded that Some of my dates were questionable as I have not viewed the piece I wrote since it went to the museum.
I do not think he was an RSM at Omdurman I recall he was a lower life at that time. His promotion to SM or RSM may have been when he was shipped away from his Regiment when he married. He definitely was a depot RSM that much has been determined by the reg.
He was discharged from the Dorset reg when he finally left service, and had served in/attached too, two other regiments.
I well remember he never talked of his exploits very often, as he was a man of few words.
I have a pic of him in Red tunic, its one of those coloured after took Victorian efforts and it was my discovery of this that prompted him to tell me he had fought in Sudan in Red. He actually did join in 1887 as when he joined the Navy he was 14 but lied.
I did not know him well and only met him for a short period in 1956 when I was 6. He died two weeks after my dad brought me with him to England in 1961, we came as he was dying, for dad to see him one last time.
He viewed the Martini Henry as the "Modern" rifle it being introduced into the British army the year after he was born.
Whilst they were part one firearms he kept one secreted in his house and it came into my dads possession after grandad died.
I have a "As New 1876 pat Bayonet that he left dad and now I own it, and it was this that got me into collecting military weapons.
I took and passed a degree in political History whilst in the Andrew, and have never used it since. 8O :roll:
Pretty good life then. He was probably having more fun than my great grandad, who spent the same period down a coal mine - literally after he was killed down one in 1880 aged 36 - he was identified by his boots after his body had lain under a tarp at the pit head for 4 days.... That's why I get interested in peoples' stories - there's always something there worth looking at.