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CRIMEA MEDAL 1854-56 : HMS. 'RODNEY' NAVAL BRIGADE KILLED IN ACTION BEFORE SEBASTOPOL :

Bar, 'Sebastopol', officially impressed naming - JAMES UPTON, A.B. : (JAMES UPTON - Born around July 1832 at East Peckham, Kent, was residing at Newdigate, Surrey on 11 October 1849, the date he entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 1st.Class in HMS. 'Ganges' : Advanced to Ordinary Seaman from 21 July 1850 : Transferred to HMS. 'Rodney' as an Able Seaman early in 1853 and landed with the Naval Brigade in the Crimea in 1854 : On 15 July 1855 whilst serving in the trenches before Sebastopol he was killed by a fragment from an exploding shell which passed through his abdomen : (Reference - "The Medical and Statistical Returns of the Black Sea Fleet, Parliamentary Papers Volume 2, Page 34 of 1857) : His medal was delivered on 30 May 1856.) : Sold with verification, copies taken from the ship's Muster Book, copy London Gazette dated 27 July 1855, copy Casualty Roll and related research : Contact bruising to edge at 9.00 o'clock, but naming not affected : A rare example of an Officially impressed Crimea Medal to a Naval Brigade casualty : Toned VF - £1250