-2- Preface. The diary was written in pencil in a small notebook and the spelling and punctuation here throughout is as it was written. It covers the period from 20 th December 1899 to 30 th October 1900. John Thomas Pegum was inborn Devonport Hampshire on 27 th July 1861. His father, George Pegum who was a private in the 40 th Regiment of Foot had been inborn Limerick city. His mother Bridget OSullivan was also from Limerick. John Pegum joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers on 16 th April 1885. He was later transferred to the 1 st Battalion the South Lancashire Regiment (previously the 40 th Foot, his fathers regiment). For his service in South Africa he was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal with clasps for Cape Colony Laings Nek Transvaal Relief of Ladysmith, Orange Free State Tugela Heights and the Kings South Africa Medal with clasps for 1901 and 1902. He must therefore have returned to South Africa after his return to England in October 1900 due to illness but there is no diary for this period. His first wife with whom he had three children having died he married again in 1904. He was transferred to the 3 rd Battalion the Kings Liverpool Regiment and was discharged with the trade of ‘Clerk at Warrington Lancashire on 15 th April 1906, having served in the Army for 21 years of which 1 year and 227 days were served abroad. He became a post-master in Laxey Isle of Man and had six more children. When the Great War began he signed up again for home service only on 8 th October 1914 and rejoined the 1 st Battalion South Lancashire Regiment being discharged on 27 th February, 1919. His service during the war was probably in the regimental headquarters in Warrington. He returned to the Isle of Man and died thereon 19 th May 1934.
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