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19-11-2007, 2:39 PM
Can anyone out there help. I have found a military record on ancestry which shows John Mathers being part of the 4th Btn W Yorks Regiment, service no 3914. He enlisted 1892. On his service record he was awarded a medal for gallantry in the field @ what looks like Kaku Darra Pass 1898. Does anyone have any knowledge where I can find out more about or even if this is the correct name. The record itself is not very good to read in parts and I may have read it wrongly. I have done a google search but to no avail.


19-11-2007, 3:52 PM
I believe there was an uprising on the Indian Frontier in 1898 - could the name be 'Ghuzdarra' Pass? What medal did he recieve?

Browsing the London Gazette I may have found something relating to "Kahu or Durbi Khel Pass"

I cannot find anything specifically for John Mathers, but the Yorkshire Regt appears to have taken part in a campaign somewhere on the Indian Frontier from November 1897 to January 1898 and this may be where you chap won his medal.

The London Gazette search engine is here:

In the dates, enter 5th April 1898.
Page Number 2171

Then hit search. You'll be taken to the first page of that gazette, the report carries on over several pages. I suggest saving each page to read later,

This is the best match I can locate at the moment.

19-11-2007, 6:40 PM
I think I can clarify a little bit. You have the wrong regiment (easily done)
There weren't too many gallantry medals open to rankers in 1898 so soon found him.

3914 L-Cpl John Mathers, 2nd Btn Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regt (Green Howards in other words). He won the DCM for the Tirah campaign 1897/98, but I don't have any further details.


20-11-2007, 11:51 AM
Thanks to you both.

I think Kahu could easily be the word I have wrongly read. I will have a look at the Gazette.

with regards to his award it was for Distinguished Conduct in the Field - he apparently rescued a wounded comrade during battle.

Thanks for the info on the Regiment Neil. I was going off his enlistment sheet on ancestry which stated 4th Btn Yorkshire Regiment. I suppose by the time he had undergone training etc he could have been transferred to another

Many thanks

22-11-2007, 1:50 PM
Hi Neil

Please can you tell me where you found this info about his award. I have tried the London Gazette but can't find a mention of his award there, nor can I see it on national Archives.