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Crimean War Vet? John KEDZLIE died 1892 Oamaru, NZ
« on: Wednesday 22 September 21 00:40 BST (UK) »
I am assisting NZRA Waitaki with research on a John KEDZLIE who died in Oamaru, New Zealand on 11 February 1892.  He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Oamaru Old Cemetery.
He was admitted to hospital on 30 January 1892 and his hospital admission record states that he was 65 years of age (born c 1827) and born in Scotland.  He had been in New Zealand for 31 years (arrived c 1861) and was a Labourer.
His death does not appear in the NZ DIA Death Index for 1892.  I have not yet checked the 1892 Death microfiche to see if his death is recorded.
The North Otago Times newspaper states "that John Kedzlie, a Crimean medallist and pensioner who died in Oamaru Hospital the other day was a man of some means.  He just had pounds 5,000 left to him by a relative in England" - he had been receiving an allowance from the same person. Source: The "Colonist" newspaper 23 February 1892, Page 4.
Can anybody help to confirm that he was a Crimean medallist and what Regiment he was in?
If so if may be possible to arrange for a headstone for his grave.

Please note: He is not the same John Kedzlie born 30 July 1821 Musselburgh, near Edinburgh who married in 1854 to Elizabeth Cossar in Sydney, Australia and who died in 1903 in NZ.  John and Elizabeth came to NZ on the ship "Thomas and Henry" and arrived on 12 May 1856.

Any assistance would be very much appreciated.

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Re: Crimean War Vet? John KEDZLIE died 1892 Oamaru, NZ
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 22 September 21 08:37 BST (UK) »
There is no-one of that name on the Crimean War medal roll, and no record of a British Army soldier or pensioner with that name in the 19th century.
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Re: Crimean War Vet? John KEDZLIE died 1892 Oamaru, NZ
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 22 September 21 09:17 BST (UK) »
Mebbes from Keddie?

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Re: Crimean War Vet? John KEDZLIE died 1892 Oamaru, NZ
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 22 September 21 11:12 BST (UK) »
Thanks ShaunJ for checking for me, which is appreciated.
Also thanks Skoosh for your posting - I wonder?
TPB

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Re: Crimean War Vet? John KEDZLIE died 1892 Oamaru, NZ
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 22 September 21 20:44 BST (UK) »
His death does not appear in the NZ DIA Death Index for 1892.  I have not yet checked the 1892 Death microfiche to see if his death is recorded.

New Zealand, Death Index, 1848-1966
Name:   John Kedzlie
Death Date:   Jan-Feb-Mar 1892
Registration Place:   Oamaru, Nelson, New Zealand
Folio Number:   535

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Re: Crimean War Vet? John KEDZLIE died 1892 Oamaru, NZ
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 23 September 21 06:30 BST (UK) »
Many thanks Hillhurst for your posting.
I wonder why his death has not been included in the NZ DIA Death Index.  I will check with DIA to see what I can find out.
Thanks again
TPB