India General Service Medal 1854, one clasp: Hazara 1891; (1150 PTE: H. CRUICKSHANK 2D: BN: SEA. HIGHRS.)

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India General Service Medal 1854, one clasp: Hazara 1891; (1150 PTE: H. CRUICKSHANK 2D: BN: SEA. HIGHRS.)

Henry Cruickshank was born in Saint Pancras, London, and having worked as a labourer and seen service with the 4th Militia Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, then attested for service with the British Army at Hounslow on 5th April 1884, joining as a Private (No.1150) with the Seaforth Highlanders. Posted with the 2nd Battalion out to India on 30th December 1885, he was present with the Hazara Field Force operations under Major General W.K. Elles, C.B., against the Hussanzais and Akazais in the Black Mountains between 12th March and 16th May 1891. These operations were carried out be two columns. commanded by Colonels Williamson and Hammond, which advanced to Darband. There was little fighting, much of the activity consisted of the repelling of raids on the columns when on the march and when road making. During the operations a party of insurgents were chased up and eventually captured on the 9800 feet high Machai Peak. Cruickshank was posted home on 28th January 1892, and transferred to the Army Reserve on 4th February 1892, being discharged on 4th April 1896. Have then re-enlisted into the Reserve on 1st August 1896, with the outbreak of the Boer War he was mobilised on 29th January 1900, and saw service out in South Africa with the 2nd Battalion, but was then posted home and discharged medically unfit on 19th October 1901. Cruickshank died shortly afterwards.