India General Service Medal 1895. Three clasps: "Relief of Chitral 1895", "Punjab Frontier 1897-98" and "'Tirah 1897-98": 3404
Pte W. Graham 1st Bn Gord Highrs
Queens South Africa Medal. Three Clasps: " Cape Colony", "Paardeberg" and "Driefontein: 3404, Pte. W. Graham, Gordon Highrs.
Private Graham was born in Glasgow and enlisted in late May, 1890.
Although I don't have his papers, I suspect he went to India in 1892 and
likely spent 6 years there returning with the first battalion to Edinburgh
in October 1898.
He then likely rejoined the colours less than a year later and sailed with
the first battalion to South Africa in November 1899.
On April 30-May 1, the Gordons were heavily involved in clearing the
Boers from Thaba Nchu and surrounding areas. Capt. Towse was awarded
a VC and the Gordons suffered 18 casualties.
Pte. Graham was listed amongst the casualties in the Times and was shown
as dangerously wounded. By the time the notice was published on May 5, he
had succumbed to his wounds three days earlier.
He was exhumed at Jacobsrust and buried at Thaba Mount and is
mentioned in the Regimental History in the same sentence that refers to