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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 37

South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1877-8 (1181. Pte J. Caulfield. 88th Foot.), a couple of light edge nicks, otherwise very fine

John Caulfield was born at Killclooney, near Ballinasloe, County Galway and attested for service with the British Army on 16 December 1876, giving his trade as 'Labourer'. Caulfield's medical history sheet makes interesting reading, stating that he was an 'intemperate' character who suffered from alcoholism. He suffered on several occasions from 'contusions' caused on two occasions by 'fighting' and on another by a 'fall while intoxicated'. He was tried by Courts Martial on three occasions and subsequently jailed for five days from 3 October -6 October 1879, and again for 25 days from 24 August 1885 - 17 September 1885 and finally for 84 days from 18 September - 10 December 1885.

Caulfield saw service at home from 17 December 1876 to 15 June 1877, and at the Cape from 16 June 1877 - 2 October 1879. He thence served in India from 3 October 1879 - 14 April 1889 and finally at home from 15 April 1889 until discharge on 25 April 1889.
Sold with copied service papers.

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