Private John Power DCM

Power was in the 1st Battalion 24th and served, from 1877, in the Mounted Infantry under Lieutenant Browne VC and later, Major Russell (9th Lancers). In October 1878 he distinguished himself in a decisive action at Galetza Heights during the operations in West Griqualand. He also gained the DCM for distinguished conduct in the field on 28th March 1879 in the disastrous action when Buller's force at Hlobane was forced to descend the heights through Devil's Pass. Four VCs were won and five DCMs. He is named as one of the few MI survivors of Isandhlwana along with Privates Davis and Parry, also of the 1st/24th. He is photographed here with his medal in 1880 wearing the home service helmet which has the old badge of the 24th that was used on the shakos and on the foreign service helmet. He also has a marksman's badge on his left sleeve and a good conduct stripe on his right sleeve.

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