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THOMAS SMITH, CORPORAL, ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY :

Crimea Medal 1854-56, bar, 'Sebastopol', privately engraved naming in serif capitals - THOMAS SMITH, No.5 COMPY. R.M.ARTILLERY; Naval Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, Victoria, wide suspender (1848-75), engraved naming in known style, of serif capitals - T.SMITH, CORPL. 17TH.COY. R.M.A. 22yrs. : (THOMAS SMITH - Born around 1821 at Alresford, Hampshire, a labourer at the date of attestation for the Royal Marines on 21 January 1841 : Served in the Portsmouth Division and Royal Marine Artillery and at sea in, HMS.'Illustrious'; HMS.'Hecate'; HMS.'Centaur'; HMS.'Driver' and finally from January 1854 until March 1857 in HMS.'Dauntless' : In 1854 with the commencement of the Crimean War, 'Dauntless' sailed with the Fleet to the Baltic and then in December transferred to the Black Sea, taking artillery details and stores. In February 1855, gunfire from 'Dauntless' assisted in repelling a Russian attack on the Turkish Army positions at Eupatoria and in April the ship was engaged in the bombardment of Sebastopol, during which one of it's 68 pounder guns exploded causing considerable damage to the ship but fortunately no casualties : Throughout the 1855 campaign on shore, 'Dauntless' provided Officers and men for the Naval Brigade, manning the batteries facing the landward defences of Sebastopol, and in October 1855 made a final contribution to the naval campaign by taking part in the bombardment of Kinburn : The recipient was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with gratuity in January 1864 and discharged on completion of 23 years service on 22 March 1864.) : The recipient is also entitled to the Baltic Medal 1854-55 and the Turkish Crimea Medal. Sold with verification, Copy Service Record and related research : Some contact marks to first medal and top lugs clipped from bar, but generally scarce VF-GVF - £925