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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1847 - 1880 (33 years)
||Percy Charles HEATH |
||11 Apr 1847 
||Sydney College in Bath UK and Sandhurst in Berkshire UK  |
|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.  |
||Bombay India 
|* 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.
||27 Jul 1880
||Maiwand Afghanistan 
||Christina and Donald McLean
||23 Jan 2017 |
||Unknown HEATH |
||Unknown UNKNOWN |
|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.  |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Percy Charles HEATH|
Entry about Capt PC Heath, Staff Corps in 'The Afghan Campaign of 1878-1880'.
- [S-74] PUBLICATION "The Afghan Campaign", Entry about Captain PC Heath, Staff Corps.
- [S-74] PUBLICATION "The Afghan Campaign", Entry - Captain PC Heath, Staff Corps.