Thomas Henry Ogden certainly had an interesting military career.
I can see why he perhaps thought he was entitled to something for his Indian service.
He was born in Manchester and joined the Highland Light Infantry in Hamilton on 7 Sep 1883. His next of kin were his father, Thomas David, and step mother Mary Ann, who lived at 274 Queen’s Road, Manchester. At the time of his attestation, he was aged 19 and worked as an iron turner. His height was 5’ 5.25” and he had grey eyes and brown hair.
Promoted to Lance Corporal and Corporal, he was arrested on 22 Dec 1885 and reduced to the rank of Private for neglect of duty on 6 Jan 1886.
He passed his 4th Class Certificate of Education on 13 Dec 1883 and 2nd Class on 18 Jun 1884.
He served at home 4 Sep 1884 to 30 Sep 1884, India 1 Oct 1884 to 13 May 1891 and at home again 14 May 1891 to 3 Sep 1895.
His medical record shows he had tonsillitis for 5 days in Aug 1884, colic three weeks after arriving in India in November 1884. In June 1886 he had a bout of epistaxis (nose bleeding). Next he had 5 days of scarlet fever in Peshawar in Jun 1888 and this was followed by dysentery four months later.
He was discharged after 12 years of service on 3 Sep 1895.
He married Mary Ann Northcote Reed on 16 Mar 1884 (his step mother?).
Now aged 35, he joined 2nd Brabant’s Horse on 9 Mar 1900. He gave his occupation as Steward but no next of kin. He listed an unrelated person, Mrs Edden, of 94 Swinton Hall Road, Swinton, Lancashire. He was discharged as a QMS on 25 Mar 1901 after exemplary service and joined the newly created South African Constabulary being discharged as Sergeant.
In 1906, he again offered his services and joined the Transvaal Mounted Rifles during the rebellion. His rank was Trooper.
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Wepener, Transvaal, Wittebergen (2934 Pte C. H. Johnson. Cape M. R.), minor contact marks, good very fine
[ KSA (2) ]
Claude Henry Johnson was born in 1872. Enlisting with the Cape Mounted Rifles at Umtata on 8 November 1896 he served first with 'H' Squadron from January 1897. Johnson suffered from repeated disciplinary problems being fined for 'Inattention on service' on 18 May 1897 and later 'Being in the canteen after hours' on 18 January 1898. Transferring to 'HQ' Squadron in February 1902 his infractions continued, being with his 'Being drunk in town' and 'Breaking away from his escort' on 3 July 1902. Later the same year he was again charged with drunkenness this time in Camp on 8 September 1902. With the end of the Second Boer War Johnson was again transferred this time to 'A' Squadron in September 1903 before moving on in October the next year to his final posting with 'D' Squadron. Here he also had his final infraction being found 'Drunk on evening stables' on 15 November 1904. He was finally discharged on 28 February 1905 having been found medically unfit.