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CRIMEA MEDAL 1854-56 : 41ST. REGIMENT :

Bar, 'Sebastopol', officially impressed naming - JAMES MCGRATH, 41st. Regt. (The Welsh) : (Born in the Parish of Clontuskert, near Ballyleague in the County of Roscommon, Ireland, on 24 April 1837 : A labourer on the date he attested for service, 23 October 1854, then being just seventeen years, six months of age : He was posted to the 41st.Regiment as a Private (Under Age) from 24 October 1854 : He served at Malta, and in Turkey before landing at Balaklava in the Crimea on 4 February 1855, he subsequently served in the trenches before Sebastopol during the siege : He was slightly wounded on 5 July 1855 and wounded again on 29 July 1855, on this occasion severely, by a piece of exploding shell which shattered his right elbow joint, seven pieces of bone being removed from the wound : He was returned home to Ireland and discharged on 25 March 1856 as, "being medically unfit for further service" : He gained employment as a Gamekeeper, but on 18 July 1870 was tried at Longford Assizes for assaulting a woman for which he received a sentence of twelve months imprisonment : His Army Disability Pension was suspended, however the Chief Justice who had tried him, ordered that six pence a day from his pension should be paid to his wife to support his children : His full pension of nine pence a day was restored from 1 August 1871 : He died in 1904 at the age of 67 years.) : JAMES McGRATH is a unique name on the Crimea Medal Roll of the 41st. Regiment, sold with verification; copy Service Papers; copy Casualty Roll; copy London Gazette entries and related research : Slight edge bruising but generally better than VF - £445