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EDWARD ROBERT KEY, PAYMASTER, ROYAL NAVY :

India General Service Medal 1854, bar, 'Pegu', officially impressed naming (Edwd. R. Key, Clerk, 'Hastings'); Crimea Medal 1854-56, bars, 'Sebastopol', 'Azoff', privately engraved naming in bold serif capital letters of a style similar to that employed by Hunt and Roskell (Edward Robert Key); Turkish Crimea Medal 1855, Sardinian issue with replacement swivelling scroll suspender, privately engraved naming in bold serif capital letters of a style similar to that employed by Hunt and Roskell (Edward Robert Key) : (EDWARD ROBERT KEY - Born around 1833 at Kennington, Surrey, joined the Royal Navy as Probationer Clerk, first serving in HMS. 'Hastings' from 22 January 1851 : Rated Clerk from April 1851 and took part in the Pegu Campaign from March 1852 : Posted to HMS. 'Victory' from June 1852 and then to HMS. 'Sybille' as Passed-Clerk from 3 April 1854 : Transferred to HMS. 'Impregnable' from 23 August 1854 and joined HMS. 'Beagle' as Assistant-Paymaster in Charge on 31 August 1854 : Served in the Crimea War in HMS. 'Beagle' including operations in the Sea of Azoff between 25 May and 22 September 1855 : Left HMS. 'Beagle' on 16 May 1857 and subsequently served briefly at HMS. 'Victory' before joining HMS. 'Edinburgh' from 3 June 1857 : Later served at sea in HMS. 'Illustrious'; HMS. 'Britannia' and HMS. 'Royal Oak' : Promoted to Paymaster from 1 December 1863 and joined the newly re-commissioned Racer Sloop, HMS. 'Cordelia' on 18 June 1864 for service on the North American and West Indies Station : On 12 March 1866 he was 'Discharged Dead' whilst still serving in HMS. 'Cordelia' : He was just 33 years of age.) : Sold with verification; copy career details; copy Death Certificate and related research : Only 79 Crimea Medals with the bar 'Azoff' awarded to HMS. 'Beagle' : A very scarce Officer's group NEF - £1350