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The mystery of H. McCready
Posted by: Richard Johnson (ID *****0212) Date: September 05, 2003 at 00:08:53
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I have something of a mystery. The following newspaper clipping mentions Mrs. John Newton as a cousin of H. McCready. Mrs. Newton lived in Randolph County Missouri. Can anyone tell me how she and this McCready family in Scotland tie together.

Friday, 29 Jan 1915; Higbee News; Randolph Co., MO

Mrs. John Newton of this place this week received a letter from Scotland containing the following clipping from the Glasgow Observer relative to her cousin, H. McCready:

"His Majesty the King has approved of the grant of the medal for distinguished honor in the field to Private H. McCready of the Scots Greys. Private McCready, is the third son of John McCready, Weir Street, superintendent of the Britannia Insurance Co. The plucky young soldier is not yet 19 years of age. He enlisted in the Hussars about 18
months ago but afterwards transferred to the Scots Greys. His name appeared in the King's list of honor on New Year's Day. We understand that the distinguished honor medal has been granted for outstanding bravery on the battlefield. He lay under heavy fire for three hours at great risk to his own life, to succor a wounded companion, and prior to
that he and his companion had been in the trenches seven days without a break. The companion died from his wounds and a medal similar to the one granted to young McCready will be forwarded to the parents of the gallant soldier who lost his life."

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