Crimean War Medal and Clasp of Pvt. P. Maher, 46th Reg't.
This is a nicely tarnished silver medal that depicts Queen Victoria on the obverse, and a Roman soldier with Winged Victory hovering behind, holding a triumphal victory wreath over his head. The medal is identified along the edge: "Pte. P. MAHER 46th REGt.", and the original powder blue, and yellow ribbon is in good shape, but shortened and frayed at the ends. The ribbon is crossed by a single clasp: Sebastopol. Patrick Maher was a laborer from Tipperary when he enlisted in the 46th Regiment of Foot at Dublin on August 1, 1853 at the age of "17 6/12 years". Included with the medal are copies of Maher's Medal Roll entry, and his service record, issued at his medical discharge for "paralysis of the arm". Interestingly, the service report notes: "With regard to the character and conduct of Patrick Maher the Board have to report, that upon reference to the Defaulter's Book, and by the Parole testimony that has been given, it appears that his conduct has been bad and he is not in possession of of any good conduct badges. He was convicted of a military offence by a Reg'tl. Court Martial 7 December 1856 at Camp before Sebastopol and sentenced (to) Corporal Punishment." (The punishment referred to was most probably flogging.)Nevertheless, he was awarded the medal after receiving his discharge. This is a splendid piece of Crimean War memorabilia, with an Irish connection and unusual documentary provenance. It would make a great addition to any collection of British militaria.
- Item #: 38327
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