Serjeant

  John McMurphy's

Medals

Serg't McMurphy has received the following medals --

1 Kafir
1 Crimea & 1 clasp
1 Turkish
1 French
C(ertficate?)

John Grant, Captain R.E.
Columbia Detachment Sept 1863

1st medal -- top left-hand side -- is the South Africa medal

At the Cape of Good Hope from 7 Aug 1841 to 19 Sept 1846.  While at the Cape was engaged in the following operations against the Emigrant Farmers at Natal -- Attack on the Boers'Camp at Congella (?) 23 & 24 May '42 -- Camp attacked by the Boers 24 May -- Camp besieged by the Boers 31 May to 26 June -- Sortie on advanced trench of the Boers 18 June 1842

(Signature illegible)

 

Present in the Kaffir War of 1846 against Chief ______.

Gibb, Major R.E.

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2nd medal -- middle top row -- is Crimean War medal, with bar for "Sebastopol"

Landed in the Crimea 4 June 1855.  Present at the Capture of the Quarries 6 June 55 -- Assault on the Redan 18 June 1855 & Bombardment of 17 August

C. Sedley, Captain R.E.

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3rd medal -- top right hand side -- is the Long Service and Good Conduct medal

Discharged at his own request on the 25th September 1863

John Grant, Captain R.E.

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4th medal -- 2nd row, on the left -- is the 1852 French Imperial Medialle Militaire

In August 1855 -- by fetching into the Trenches before Sebastopol a wounded soldier laying out in the open under the enemy's fire.

C. Sedley, Captain, R.E.

 

Before he went back to get the wounded man, he was advised not to as he was a married man with children.  He responded - "If I don't make it back, tell my wife may last thoughts were of her" and off he went.

From Medals of the British Army and How They Were Won 1861 by Thomas Cauter, page 117, the description of the French Military War Medal

Corporal John McMurphy served in Crimea 5 months.  Was present of the capture of the Quarries on 7 June 1855; assault on the Redan 18 June 1855; bombardment of the 17th August and capture of Sebastopol.  

Distinguished himself by carrying into the trenches a wounded soldier from the open under a heavy fire from the enemy before Sebastopol, in August 1855, for which gallantry he was awarded the sum 3 Pounds Sterling by the Commander in Chief of the Forces.

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5th medal -- 2nd row, on the right -- is the Turkish Crimean medal

Landed in the Crimea 4 June 1855.  Present at the Capture of the Quarries 6 June 55 -- Assault on the Redan 18 June 1855 & Bombardment of 17 August

C. Sedley, Captain R.E.

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