Afghan campaign medal 1878 - 1880

Contributed by mary conn

Afghan campaign medal 1878 - 1880

This medal was awarded to Alexander Forbes for service in Afghanistan 1878 - 1879-1880. He enlisted in the 1/25th Regiment of Foot in 1875 when he was 21 and was discharged from the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1896. In 1883 he married my great aunt Elizabeth Martin who was in service. After marriage they lived in Kelso. They had two sons and two daughters. Isabella emigrated to Australia, Lavinia married my uncle John Henderson of York. The two sons James and Alexander were both killed in the First World War and still we are at war in Afghanistan. What a waste of life.

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  • 1. At 19:55 on 10 November 2010, Kate Jones wrote:

    I have a service medal from North West Frontier, a little earlier, which belonged to my great-great grandfather, Pte. Henry Hunt, who served in 19th Foot (Green Howards.) We believe he joined the army as he was unable to find agricultural work at the time. He returned, as far as we know uninjured, and married my great-great grandmother, who already had a child, my great-grandmother. They subsequently brought up my grandmother, who died in 1971, and whom I remember very well - a direct link from Pte Hunt to myself.
    I won't post my medal now, as it is so similar to yours, because I was going to post it for the same reason as you did - the irony of UK still being at war in Afghanistan, no doubt the descendants of those same hill tribesmen as my ancestor fought, 150 years ago. An unwinnable war, and one in my view we should not be fighting. A salutary thought on the eve of another Armistice day. (10/11/10)

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