Andrew John MANZIE

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Andrew John MANZIE

Private Andrew Manzie
2nd Battalion, The South African Infantry

Andrew was born in Kimberley but was living with his family in Durban when he joined the 2nd South African Infantry Regiment in 1917 at the age of 23. I gather that he had already fought in the South-West Africa campaign before this.

He was seriously wounded during the fighting in France in April 1918; his injury was so severe that his leg had to be amputated. He did not recover from the surgery particularly well and became desperately ill, which meant that he remained here in the UK for perhaps longer than some of the other men from the Commonwealth who are on the St Paul’s list. Andrew was cared for at the South African Military Hospital in Richmond, which was where he will have participated in the embroidery. He did not return to South Africa until late in 1919.

Andrew Manzie was awarded the Military Medal (Gazetted 1919).