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Captain Percy Charles HEATH

Captain Percy Charles HEATH

Male 1847 - 1880  (33 years)

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  • Name Percy Charles HEATH 
    Title Captain 
    Born 11 Apr 1847  [1
    Gender Male 
    Education Sydney College in Bath UK and Sandhurst in Berkshire UK  [1
    Cause of death Killed in action: In a battle against Ayub Kahn, who was advancing from Herat to Maiwand, Captain Heath was struck by a rifle bullet in the head and he fell dead from his horse.   [1
    Military Service 1869  Bombay India Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    * Initial military training in Sandhurst.
    * Gazetted to the 45th Sherwood Foresters and proceeded to India where the head-quarters were then stationed.
    * He served with the 45th in the Abyssinian campaign of 1868-69. He was present at the storming and capture of Magdala and obtained the medal [which medal?].
    * On the termination of the war he returned to India as Aide-de-Camp to Major-General Sir George Malcom who was commanding the Mhow Division.
    * In July 1869, he entered the Bombay Staff Corps, and was appointed Adjutancy of the 5th Native Light Infantry.
    * He subsequently served in the Quartermaster-General's department of the Bombay Army.
    * On the formation of the Bombay column for service in Southern Afghanistan he was appointed Brigade-Major to the 1st Infantry Brigade under the command of Brigadier-General Burrows.
    * The 1st Infantry Brigade formed part of the Girishk Column which was sent out to co-operate with the Wali's army on the Halmand against Ayub Khan. Kahn was advancing from Herat.
    * At the time the force left Kandahar, Captain Heath was prevented by a severe attack of illness from accompanying his brigade, but taking advantage of the dispatch of a convoy of commissariat stores, he rejoined it at Khushki-Nakhud on the 18th July 1880.
    * Towards the close of the action at Maiwand, and shortly before the Native Infantry broke, he was with Brigadier-General Burrows on the left line, when a rifle bullet struck him in the head, and he fell dead from his horse.
    Died 27 Jul 1880  Maiwand Afghanistan Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I-8239  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2017 

    Father Unknown HEATH 
    Relationship -2680 
    Mother Unknown UNKNOWN 
    Relationship -2680 
    Children of marriage The Heaths had at least 4 sons. Nothing is known of the first two. The third was Percy who was killed in action in India and the fourth was Albert who was poisoned in India.  [1
    Family ID F-2680  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Percy Charles HEATH
    Percy Charles HEATH
    Entry about Capt PC Heath, Staff Corps in 'The Afghan Campaign of 1878-1880'.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-74] PUBLICATION "The Afghan Campaign", Entry about Captain PC Heath, Staff Corps.

    2. [S-74] PUBLICATION "The Afghan Campaign", Entry - Captain PC Heath, Staff Corps.