Queen’s South Africa, bar Cape Colony, 4776 Pte H. Egan, 2nd Royal Highlanders.
Toned with visible ghost dates
Henry Egan was born in Camberwell, London during 1878.
He first attested for the 2nd Royal Highlanders at Limerick on 4th April 1892, at the age of 14 as a Musician, 4 foot 7 inches tall.
He first served as a Boy until he became of age and was made Private on 1st March 1896.
On 19th December 1898 he was appointed as Bandsman and went to South Africa in that capacity.
He was present during the Boer War from 22nd October 1899 until 7th June 1900.
During the war the 2nd Royal Highlanders were engaged at the Battle of Magersfontein, Cape Colony on 11th December 1899
He was appointed Lance Corporal on 7th September 1900, being promoted to Corporal on 27th November 1903.
Following his end of his 12 years he chose to re-engage to complete 21 years on 3rd March 1904.
Appointed as Lance Sergeant on 14th March 1909, then promoted Sergeant on 5th July 1911.
On 28th January 1913 he had served his 21 years and was permitted to continue his service.
On 2nd November 1913 he was finally discharged having given his three months notice, having served a total of 21 years 217 days.
Upon his discharge he was serving with D Company, 1st Battalion, The Black Watch having Exemplary character and described as “A thoroughly trustworthy non commissioned officer, a good musician (Clarionet)”