James McGee . He settled in NZ after gaining his discharge, at his own request, from the R.A. in 1866. He had fought in the Crimean War, being awarded the Crimean Medal with all four clasps, the Turkish Medal, and the French Medal - awarded after being mentioned in dispatches. Do you know when the Brigade arrived in Australia? I understood they arrived in Auckland on the Norwood from Deal in March 1861, so your information throws a new light on it. It is the early hours of the morning so I dare not start scratching around in my research for fear of waking the household - I have had to give a silent "Yeehaa" when I found your website. Can you give me reference details for where your info. came from? I will email you again when I have had a chance to look at my research. I did wonder if the Brigade was in Australia as it may explain why James left NZ in 1863, only to return to Auckland in Sept. of the same year with the 3rd Waikato Regiment. He was still paid by the R.A. until his discharge in 1866, when he received a Chelsea Pension until his death in 1874. I presumed he was seconded (is that the correct term?) to the Waikato Reg. Funny how new information answers one question yet leads to others....... Thank you so much for putting this on the web.
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