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Unknown Crimean war Veteran picture

Postby Noman » 25 Dec 2013 13:35

:?:
Who was he?
Service medal with bars-clue to ID?
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Re: Unknown Crimean war Veteran picture

Postby Mark A. Reid » 25 Dec 2013 14:14

Hello Norman;

A lovely period portrait! In fact, this man is an even older veteran as he sports a Military General Service Medal indicating service in The Great War against Napoleonic France. No doubt he would have complained that the Army that landed in the Crimea was " soft " and had it easy as they were only fighting a lot of Russians and a bit of cold weather!

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Re: Unknown Crimean war Veteran picture

Postby Noman » 25 Dec 2013 14:35

Gee-thanks--wrong War :lol: :wink: :mrgreen:
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Re: Unknown Crimean war Veteran picture

Postby Josh&Historyland » 25 Dec 2013 16:32

I know the picture well, and it is a unkown veteran of the Napoleonic wars and his wife, I've read in several places that it was a Waterloo medal though.

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Re: Unknown Crimean war Veteran picture

Postby Mark A. Reid » 26 Dec 2013 19:33

Hi Josh;

Yes, I've read that too but, sadly, there is sometimes misinformation posted on The World-Wide-Inter-Web. There were no clasps on the Waterloo Medal but there are 5-6 on the MGS that this chap is wearing. They weren't issued until the very late 1840's so this helps to date the photograph.

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Re: Unknown Crimean war Veteran picture

Postby Josh&Historyland » 26 Dec 2013 23:16

Yes I noticed that, hence I asked, glad its been cleared up now because I was wondering about the clasps.

So yes as a man who fought in 5 or Six battles and sieges in Spain, Portugal and Southern France, having faced dozens of Marshals and Napoleon's victorious troops, perhaps retreated from Corunna or Burgos in the winter, crossed rivers in spate and possibly climbed at least three ranges of mountains. Yes He would have called the Crimean Army soft.

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