Thomas Andrew Mitchell was born on July 1, 1865 in Old Machar, Aberdeen. He lied about his
age when he enlisted on Aug 15, 1889 when he stated he was aged 18 years 9 months and gave his
trade on enlistment as a Gardener.
His service record indicates service at home, then in Ceylon for a year followed by 5 years in
India and another spell at home before his final overseas posting to South Africa.
He was the son of Patrick Mitchell, a linen bleacher and Mary (nee Marr) who were both
deceased by the time he married Ann Reid in Aberdeen on April 8 1898. His marriage cert
shows him as a postman living in Fraserburgh which was a position he held until he rejoined the
colours on mobilization on Oct 9, 1899. He served until July 16, 1902 and after his discharge,
he went back to being a postman. He died March 31, 1904 aged 38 in the parish of New Deer,
Aberdeen. The cause of death was Bright's Disease.
The medals are mounted as worn but in the reverse order. This was sometimes done by a spouse
or child and worn on the right breast at remembrance ceremonies and I plan on keeping them
|India General Service, 1 clasp, |
Relief of Chitral 1895 (3237
Pte., 1st Bn. Gord. Highrs.);
Queen's South Africa,4 clasps,
Cape Colony, Paardeberg,
Driefontein, Belfast (3237
Pte., Gordon Highrs.);
King's South Africa, 2 clasps
(3237 Pte., Gordon Highrs.)