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Egypt Campaign Medal 1882-89, dated reverse, bars, 'Tel-El-Kebir', 'The Nile 1884-85', correct style of engraved naming - 1223 Sergt. A. Mc.E. GRAY, 1/Cam'n. Highrs. (Cameron Highlanders) : (ANDREW McEWAN GRAY - Born at Perth, Scotland 13 February 1855, the son of John Thomas Gray and his wife Eleanora Litillia Lynal : The 1861 Census records his father as a general draper residing with his wife, one son and eleven servants at 60 High Street, St Peter, Birmingham, the recipient is not recorded : The 1871 Census records the recipient, then aged fifteen years as employed in the family drapery business and residing with both parents, one brother, one sister and three servants at 1010 Monks Pat Street, Tanworth, Warwickshire : He is believed to have enlisted in 1874 at the age of eighteen years into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders : He took part in the Egypt Campaign of 1882 as a Serjeant in the 1st.Battalion and was present at the Battle of Tel-El-Kebir on 13 September of that year : He was subsequently promoted to Colour-Serjeant, still with 1st.Battalion, Cameron Highlanders and took part in the Nile Expedition of 1884-85 to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum : The Battalion was conveyed up the Nile by steamer towing sailing barges and arrived at Korosko on 4 December 1884, which the Battalion then occupied : Korosko a small village consisting of a just few mud huts was important because it is the most northern extremity of the desert route to Abou Hamad, and was the point from which General Gordon had entered the Soudan : It was on 28 January 1885 whilst the Battalion was camped under canvas at Korosko that news was received of the fall of Khartoum and the death of General Gordon : The Battalion was therefore ordered to remain at Korosko and the men at once commenced to construct huts of mud and palm branches : On 5 October 1885 the Battalion was directed to be held in readiness to proceed to Wady Halfa in consequence of intelligence received that the Soudan Arabs were advancing upon Akasheh and Wady Halfa : The Battalion subsequently disembarked from Korosko on 13 October 1885 arriving at Wady Halfa four days later : On 30 December 1885 the Battalion was present at the Battle of Ginnis, the last occasion that it went into action wearing the famous 'Redcoats' : The recipient is recorded in the "Historical Records of the 79th.Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders", as "Died at Korosko", however the date and exact circumstances surrounding his death are not shown but he is recorded on the on the Monument of Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders at Inverness as "Killed Up The Nile", from which it would seem that his death was more likely to have been as a result of enemy action rather than one of natural causes.) : Sold with verification, copy of the Regimental Monument inscription and other related research : Minimal contact marking GVF - £950