Egypt Medal, 1882, 3 bars, Tel-el-Kebir, The Nile 1884-85, Kirbekan, 2423 Pte James Patton, 1st Royal Highlanders.
Officially engraved: “2423 Pte J. Patton. 1/ R. Hrs.”
Only slight pitting from wear along side a Khedive’s Star, one small edge bump about 6 o’clock to reverse.
James Paton sometimes Patton, was born in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland during 1860.
At the age of 20, having worked as a Labourer, he attested for service at Dundee on 10th August 1880 for service with the 57th Brigade, being posted for service with the 1st Battalion, Royal Highlanders.
He saw the following service:
Scotland, 10th August 1880 – 24th Novr 1880.
Home, 25th November – 7th August 1882
Egypt, 8th August 1882 – 30th April 1886.
Malta, 1st May 1886 – 12th Sept 1886
Home, 12th Sept 1886 – 9th Sept 1892.
Having finished his 12 years terms of service he was discharged, but soon afterwards after returning home to Nelson Street, Dundee, barely a month later he re-attested for service on 17th October 1892, joining the Forfar and Kincardine Artillery, Southern Division, Royal Artillery, as a Gunner. (Service number 1461).
He was later discharged in 1899 due to a new Army Order 203(4) of 1899.
Having been a soldier now for almost 20 years, It is possible he volunteered with another unit to fight in the Boer War, for further research.