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14th January 2004An Irishman in Africa
By Charles Osborne
My grandfather was William McRobert(s) of County Down, Ireland. Family information suggests that a brother of William, first name unknown, joined the army, served in Africa at the time of the Zulu War, was wounded, and died as a result of his wounds. Can anyone who has access to the complete roll of all units possibly do a check for the name McRobert or McRoberts? Most grateful for any assistance. Charles
14th January 2004John Young

There was only one McRoberts awarded a medal for the 1879 campaign.

He was a Private R. McRoberts, of the 2nd Battalion, 21st (Royal Scots) Fusiliers. According to my files he survived the Anglo-Zulu War.

However, the 2nd/21st did fight in the campaign against Sekhukhune in the Transvaal, later that year. They were also involved in the 1st Anglo-Boer War - I suppose it is feasible he mortally wounded in one of those campaigns.

John Y.
15th January 2004Charles Osborne
John, Many thanks. Is there any indication of Private McRoberts' Country and / or County of origin? Charles
16th January 2004John Young

Sorry, I have no indication.

If he did indeed die in service, it would unlikely the would be any record of service held at the Public Record Office.

They should have the pay & muster rolls of 2nd/21st for the period, if he did died a next of kin might well be listed for receipt of his effects.

Sorry best I can do at present.

John Y.
17th January 2004Mike McCabe
Or, try contacting the Museum of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, through its website. They might possibly hold details or, if not, they should be able to guide you towards the right part of the PRO WO series.

18th January 2004Charles Osborne
John & Mike, Many thanks. Will follow up your suggestions. Charles