Pvt. Davies originally attested to the 2nd Battalion on 2 July 1879.
The 2nd Battalion embarked from Ireland (August 1882) to join the Guards Brigade for service in Egypt against the rebels under Arabi Pashi. The Brigade consisted of the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion Scots Guards, Commanded by Major General HRH the Duke of Connaught. The campaign ended after the battle of Tel-el-Kebir and the second battalion returned home.
Pvt. Davies was transferred to 1st Battalion prior to his second deployment to Egypt in February 1885. The 1st Battalion participated in the Suakin Campaign and took part in the actions at Hoskin and at Tofrek.
Upon completion of his 6 year commitment, Pvt. Davies was transferred to the reserves (22 Sep 1885).
There is a note in his service record that Pvt Davies, while in the reserves tried to "Improperly enlist in the 3rd Dragoon Guards on 21 July 1886. Claimed the benefit of the Queens pardon having confessed to having improperly enlisting."
The British Egypt Medal is pitted from striking the Khedive's medal. This would be common since the Coldstream Guards marched regularly in full dress for state functions.
A cabinet photograph of Pioneer Lance Sergeant Harry Tesh of the Coldstream Guards and his wife. He is in the 1882 pattern dress of a pioneer lance sergeant of the Coldstream Guards and is wearing the British and Khedive's Egypt medals.
3 4683 Pvt. Charles W. Davies, 1st/Coldstream Guards
- Egypt Medal - "Tel-el-Kebir" & "Suakin 1885"
- Khedive's Star (Dated 1882) Impressed with Regimental Number
1 Pvt. John Watt, 10th Hussars
- Crimea War Medal (Bar Sebastopol) Officially Impressed
- Turkish Crimean War Medal (Sardinian Issue) unnamed as issued
The 10th Hussars, under the Command of Major General Parlby, left Bombay for the Crimea on 31st January, 1855, to help swell the depleted ranks of the Light Brigade. The "Jason" was sent from Balaklava to collect them from Egypt on the 18th March; they arrived in the Crimea on 14th April, and disembarked on the 16th and 17th.
The 10th Hussars arrived long after the most famous action of the Light Brigade, but did take part in a bloody skirmish at Tchorgun. They were also involved in the Battle of the Tchernaya, but not to any great extent. They left the Crimea on the 2nd June, 1856, and were serving at Hounslow in 1859.
There is no service record available for Pvt. Watt, therfore there is no enlistment date available. His regimental number was 1379 and he purchased his discharge in 1858. "Sebastopol" bar is his only entitlement.