Perth and Kinross, Scotland
John was born at Crieff Scotland in 1791.He trained as a watchmaker and lied about his age to join the 71st Regiment Highland Light infantry .He was really 15 but put his age up to 18.
He was a veteran of eleven battles in the peninsular War against Napoleon. He suffered sever leg wounds at Fuentes D'Onoro in1811. He was wounded in the back in 1813.
he was at the famous Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.
He married Jan Currie at Falkirk Scotland in 1821 while still in the Army and they had nine children.
John was a career soldier and He left the army in 1828 with the rank of Sargent.
He took his family to Australia in 1831 and worked as a farmers hand in Goulburn NSW. By the 1860s he owned land near Beechworth with his sons.He gave up his pension to aid the widows of those soldiers who were killed in the Crimean war.
He passed away in the Ovens Benevolent Asylum in 1865 from heart disease.
Plot: presbyterian section
Created by: David W. Rixon
Record added: Jul 26, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 114431349
I remembered you on the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. What a wonderful successful fulfilled life as a veteran and a pioneer of a new country. Bless you Sir.|
David W. Rixon
Added: Jun. 20, 2015
Added: Apr. 28, 2014
On ANZAC day we remember the veterans of all wars. You fought against Napoleon one hundred years before more Australians lost their lives near where you fought.Lest We Forget|
David W. Rixon
Added: Apr. 24, 2014
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