Monday, May 21, 2012

Docherty, Francis

A very interesting figure in the Benevolent Institute Hospital at Caversham (Dunedin) is Frank Doherty a veteran who saw service right through the Crimea campaign and afterwards in the Indian Mutiny (says the "Otago Daily Times").

Though over ninety years of age, he is still very much alive to what is going on. He learned with much regret recently of the death at South Dunedin of the only other Crimean veteran of whose existence he knew. He is now wondering if in this part of the world there is any other survivor of these historic campaigns.

On the face of it it seems hardly likely, but if there is the publicity now given to the matter will doubtless lead to the old campaigners getting into touch with each other.
Auckland Star, Volume LIII, Issue 77, 31 March 1922, Page 4

A Crimean Veteran
(by Telegraph - Press Association.)
DUNEDIN, This Day. Mr. Francis Docherty, aged 88 years, died at the Benevolent Institution at Caversham yesterday. The deceased, who had been 59 years in the Dominion, was a native of Ireland. He was a private in the 16th Royal Irish Fusiliers, and saw service at Sebastopol and Inkerman in the Crimean War. The deceased had vivid recollections of the stirring days of the war with Russia, and of the Indian Mutiny.
Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 6, 8 January 1924, Page 8

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