Captain A M Creagh

Andrew Michael Creagh was born on 2 Oct 1842 in Bombay, the son of Lieut-General James Creagh who was briefly Colonel of the 34th Regiment. Andrew was commissioned into the 42nd on 20 Dec 1861. He was an instructor of musketry with the rank of lieutenant on 3 Dec 1865. He spent 7 years in India with the regiment until 1868. He married Edith Raymond sometime after this and he then accompanied the regiment to West Africa, with the rank of Captain, where he was wounded at the battle of Amoaful on 31 Jan 1874. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and retired on 22 Nov 1884. In 1888 he was involved in a criminal libel trial at the Old Bailey along with 8 directors of a company that published the St Stephen's Review. The jury acquitted him. A year later he and his wife Edith, and their children, emigrated to New Zealand. When the Boer War broke out he worked on behalf of the Marquis of Tullibardine to recruit men for the Scottish Horse in South Africa. He served in that unit at the age of 58 with the rank of captain and was wounded at Roodekrantz Farm, Krugersdorp on 30 April 1901. He returned to NZ and lived in Auckland East until his death on 3 Aug 1910. The photo shows him in the dress uniform of the 42nd Black Watch c1872, the year that the doublet was re-styled to have gauntlet cuffs.

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