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A born soldier, he entered the army in 1850 and served all through the Indian Mutiny. In 1861, he came to NZ and fought in the NZ Wars against the Maori.
During the Waikato Wars (New Zealand), as a Lt.-Colonel, he saved the life of one of his men (30 Mar 1864), when they were attacked by Maori. For this action he was awarded a Victoria Cross. He served in the 107th Regiment.
He then went on to serve in Egypt, and In later life, was equerry to Queen Victoria.
When he died he held the title of Sir John C. McNeill, VC, GCVO, KCB, KCMG.
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