SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9, CLASP 1879 ‘2439 PTE J. DUNNING. 2.21ST FOOT’, INDIA GENERAL SERVICE 1854-95, CLASP BURMA 1885-7 ‘2439 PTE J. DUNNING 2D BN R. SCO FUS’
Joseph Dunning was born in Middlewich, Cheshire on the 20th of May 1859. He enlisted aged 18 years into the 18th Brigade, 1/22nd Regiment on the 1st March 1877, his trade then being listed as a ‘Labourer’. He then almost immediately transferred to the 2/21st Regiment the same month. His Full service is was follows; Home service 3rd March 1877 to 21st February 1879, South Africa 22nd February to 4th January 1882 (Zulu & 1st Boer War Campaign), East Indies 5th January 1882 to 9th October 1887 (Indian Burma Campaign), " " 10th October 1887 to 7th December 1887, Home service 8th December 1887 and pensioned off.
He resided at Cholmondeston, Cheshire with his wife and died in 1934.
The 2nd Battalion, 21st Royal Scots Fusiliers was stationed at the Curragh Camp when on the 12th February 1879 it received orders to proceed to Natal. About 300 volunteers from other regiments in Ireland were sent to the Battalion to bring it up to strength for active service.On 22nd February the men embarked at Queenstown in the hired transport City of Paris; it would not be a smooth journey. Whilst entering St. Simon's Bay the vessel struck on the Roman Rock and was severely damaged, so much so that the troops were hastily transferred to H.M.S. Tamar. The 2/21st disembarked at Durban on the 23rd March 1879, being detailed to Newdigate’s Div for the second invasion of Zululand. Two cos. of the regt. were left in Fort Newdigate, where they remained until the conclusion of the war. On the 20th June two cos. were left in Fort Marshall, with Col. Collingwood in command of the garrison. At the battle of Ulundi the regt. formed a portion of the right of the hollow square, and, with the 58th, bore the brunt of the first desperate onslaught of the enemy, large numbers of whom got to within thirty yards of the line before the galling and destructive fire which was poured into them could stay their advance. The battalion later took a prominent part in the attack on Sekukuni’s Stronghold in November 1879 and later on in the 1st Boer War, being one of the few Battalions still serving in South Africa at the outbreak of the War.
Condition VF, some minor contact wear and small EK’s, nice patina to both. Sold with a file of copied research including service, medal rolls and pages from the regimental history.