Friends of Hastings Cemetery
Promoted Brevet Major in March 1872 and Major in October 1877, he was posted to the 1st Battalion in India during 1878. He took part in the Afghan War of 1878-
He next commanded the Battalion in the surprise attack and destruction of the Fort Bernares Khan and was with the expedition into Kama. Following the campaign in Afghanistan he returned with the Battalion to Mullingar, being promoted Lieutenant-
Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Granville_Harkness and other sources.
● 1853/05/13 Ensign of the 55th Regiment
● Lieutenant of the 55th Regiment in the Crimea 1854-
● Carried the Queen's colour at the Battle of Alma and recommended for the Victoria Cross by Sir C Warren
● Fought at the Battle of Inkerman, storming of Redan and Sebastopol and two Afghan campaigns
● Mentioned in dispatches Received the 5th Class of the Order of the Medjidie and Turkish Medal
● 1857 Transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Regiment. Took control of K Company
● 1857 Proceeded to Mauritius, ADC to Governor
● 1864 Served in Africa 1864-
● 1878 Served with the 1st Battalion throughout the Afghan Campaign 1878-
(Facts above taken with thanks from a family history page created by Ian and Colin Cairns and with thanks to Peter Eliot, Australia
There is another name on the memorial, that of Lucy Ada Vyvyan (Ada) James, born 15 November 1874 in Calverton, Buckinghamshire and died in 1940 in Hastings. Annabelle’s maiden name was James, and she and her husband were first cousins, so there is evidently some family connection.