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CRIMEA MEDAL 1854-56 : ROYAL MARINE, HMS. 'BANSHEE' :

Bar, 'Sebastopol', loose on ribbon, privately engraved naming in bold serif capital letters - S. GLEAVE, R.M. : (SAMUEL GLEAVE - Born around 1830 in the Parish of Hyde, near Ashton, Lancaster, a weaver by trade on the date of attestation for the Woolwich Division, Royal Marines at Manchester, 18 March 1848 : He served in the Woolwich Division and at sea in a number of ships, including 'Firefly' and 'Powerful' before joining 'Banshee' in which he served in the Crimea from 26 September 1855 : He remained in 'Banshee' until 27 August 1856 and his Crimea Medal was 'delivered on board' the ship : He was promoted to Corporal from 25 August 1853; Sergeant from 3 November 1857 and Colour-Sergeant from 25 February 1864 and received his Discharge from 40th.Company, Woolwich Division on 30 March 1869 : HMS. 'Banshee' launched in 1847, was a wooden hulled paddle steamer of 656 tons, originally employed by the Admiralty on the Holyhead to Dublin packet service : In 1850 the packet service was taken over by the City of Dublin Packet, after which 'Banshee' was sent to Malta : The ship was equipped with two guns and had a complement of sixty-five Officers and men : During the Crimean War 'Banshee' was taken into service as a gunboat : The ship was scrapped in 1864.) : Sold with verification; copy Service Record and related research : An award to a rare small ship, some contact marks but generally Toned VF - £250