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From: Lehmkuhl <>
Subject: John Joseph FLOOD
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2001 23:30:58 -0700

Hi list members
During one of my searches, I came across this. Posting it here for the record:
From the Kildare Observer dated January 1915
The gallantry of our soldiers participating in the tense European conflict
of today should make us hold in renewed and lasting honour the brave
warriors of past campaigns, campaigns which have built up, as on a sure,
concrete foundation, the glorious traditions of the British Army. One of
these heroes, Mr. John Joseph FLOOD, who fought in the Crimean War and
Indian Mutiny, passed away at Durban Natal, on Sunday, December 27th, at
the rare old age of 90 years. He long outlived the rigours of the Crimean
winter, and the no less trying experiences of campaigning under a blazing
Indian sun. Mr. FLOOD was born in Ireland in 1824, and when 22 years of age
enlisted in the 48th Foot (now the 1st Northamptonshire regiment) at
Newbridge, Co. Kildare. After being stationed at Dublin, Belfast,
Enniskillen, Londonderry and Brecon, FLOOD embarked with his regiment for
Corfu, Ionian Islands. There they remained from 1853 to 1855, when they
were ordered to Crimea, where they took part in the famous campaign of
sixty years ago. During the Russian sortie from Sebastapol, Sergt. FLOOD
was struck on the on the top of his head with a bullet, which came near to
shortening his days very considerably, and made him feel glad he was not a
taller man.
In 1858 Colour-Sergt. FLOOD and his regiment proceeded to India and took
part in the suppression of the Mutiny, during which they engaged the rebels
at Lahore and other places. At Jelung, the "City of Palaces," in Central
India, the Colour-Sergt. was for three months in charge of a fort, and his
small garrison had to be continually on the alert, as the enemy, like the
angels, were hovering round. The regiment after being stationed at Lucknow
and Calcutta embarked for home and landed at Dover in April, 1865.
Colour-Sergt. FLOOD was appointed to the staff of the Queen's Co. Militia
as musketry instructor in the following year, and he held this position on
the militia permanent staff for ten years.
Going out to Natal in 1879, Mr. FLOOD was for many years in the Durban
Corporation, and was also for a considerable time drill instructor to the
youth of that seaport.
Mr. FLOOD held three medals - the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, the
Crimean War medal with clasp for Sebastapol, and the Turkish medal.
Singularly enough, he did not get an Indian Mutiny medal, the antiquated
reason for this being that a General was not in command of the force in
which he served, nor did his take part in a general engagement. In a press
interview a few years ago the veteran said that "the Crimean War had a
great levelling influence upon the officers. Prior to that time the officer
was an arrogant aristocrat, but he had to share the hardships of the common
soldier, which had a salutary effect upon him."
The funeral took place at Durban on Monday, December 28th., and it was
attended by a large and representative gathering of townspeople. There were
very many beautiful wreaths. The coffin was carried from the house by four
veterans; over the coffin was the Union Jack. Three medals hung attached to
the deceased's coat, and a few veterans and a squad of the Durban Garrison
Artillery followed. By a regrettable omission, however there were no
military honours accorded by the authorities, and there was a consequent
absence of gun carriage firing, party and band. The Rev. Father Viellard,
O.M.I., conducted the service at the Catholic Cathedral, and also at the
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