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Robert Downes was born in India and enlisted into the the East Lancs. Regt. aged 14 years and 4 months in Ferozepore on 12/12/1887. On 22/12/1890 he became a Bandsman and was appointed Private on 25/04/1893.
The 1st Bttln. East Lancs.Regt. took part in the Relief of Chitral from the 7th March to the 15th August 1895. The Regt. was part of General Robert Low's Force and served on the lines of communication together with the Guides Cavalry. The East Lancs. suffered numerous casualties whilst guarding the rear of General Low's column.
Following the Chitral expedition, Pte. Robert Downes served in India until 1897. He later served with the East Lancs.Regt. in the Boer War where he earned the Q.S.A. with 3 clasps and the K.S.A. medals.
During his service Robert Downes spent 14 days in prison during April 1894, August 1894 and July 1902. He was discharged on 27/04/1903.
The medal is sold with copies of service papers and medal rolls showing Pte. Downe's entitlement to the IGS 1895 medal with Relief of Chitral clasp and the QSA/KSA medals.
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