India General Service Medal 1895, 3 bars, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Samana 1897, Tirah 1897-98, 3391 Pte James McCarthy, 1st Northampton Regiment, wounded in action at Graspan/Enslin on 7th December 1899.
James McCarthy was born in Bermondsey, London, during 1870.
At the age of 21, he attested for service with the Northamptonshire Regiment on 5th September 1891.
By 5th October 1892 he arrived for service in India where he would spend the next 6 years.
He would earn all 3 bars to his medals in 3 campaigns. Including when the 1st Northamptons fought in the trecherous campaign during the Tirah Expedition, where they were engaged against the Afridi Tribe, the Northamptons fought in an attempt to capture the “Saran Sar” which had a number of tight corridors and passes where the enemy used their superior knowledge to trap them and the regiment was forced into a full retreat taking many casualties, where the hit and run “Guerilla” tactics would again rear their head to defeat the British Army.
Following his extensive service in India, he returned home to be discharged to the Army Reserve the rest of his career on 3rd March 1899.
This was however interrupted when all the Army Reserves were recalled to be posted to South Africa for the Boer War.
He landed there on 21st October 1899.