John Vassie
Afghan medal with three clasps: Charasia, Kabul and Kandahar together
with Kabul to Kandahar Star  1921 Copl J. Vassie 92nd Highlanders
John Vassie enlisted Jan 22nd 1864 at Stirling castle for the 42nd foot with regt. number 1225. He is shown as an 18 year
old labourer who was born in Kirkintilloch and couldn't sign his name leaving an "X". He transferred to the 92nd
Highlanders Oct 31st, 1867. He was promoted to Corpl on October 9th, 1868 then to Sergeant and back to Corporal with
awards and forfeits of good conduct pay over the next 18 years . Vassie was discharged March 10th, 1885 and held the
rank of Sergeant at the time.

His service record shows about 4 years at home, a year on the Cape and the balance in India and Afghanistan.

Corporal Vassie suffered gunshot wounds to left thigh in action at Kandahar Sept 1, 1880 He convalesced for 9 weeks in
Kandahar.

The medals themselves show considerable wear.

He was the son of John Vassie a weaver, and Cecilia Morrison. His NOK on the service papers however is listed as his
brother James. He married Margaret Coulter a washerwoman on July 17, 1885 after Banns according to the forms of the
Church of Scotland.

The 1891 census finds him living in Carmunock with his wife Margaret (nee Coulter) and two sons, John (5) Thomas (3)
and a newborn daughter Cecilia. His occupation at the time was Commissionaire. He died on Sept 20, 1898, his occupation
now that of a storekeeper. Sadly, his son John died a few weeks later on Oct 26th. The cause of death for both was
Pulmonary Hemorrhage.