CRIMEA 1854-56, 2 CLASPS, INKERMANN, SEBASTOPOL ‘CAPTN. G.H. LAMB. 49TH. REGT.’, FRANCE, SECOND EMPIRE, LEGION D’HONNEUR CHEVALIER'S BREAST BADGE, SILVER, GOLD, AND ENAMEL, TURKEY, OTTOMAN EMPIRE, ORDER OF THE MEDJIDIEH, FIFTH CLASS BREAST BADGE, SILVER, GOLD AND ENAMEL, TURKISH CRIMEA, SARDINIAN TYPE ‘CAPTN. LAMB 49TH. REGT.’ all with top silver riband buckles, mounted in a large glazed display frame with the following:
a) An extremely fine framed parchment scroll entitled 'The Military Services of George Henry Lamb' This listing his military service from being Gazetted Ensign in December 1848. Including his entire service during the Crimean war, from embarking for service in March 1854 until he returned home in July 1856. It also lists the large battles and actions he took part in and his Awards.
b) An extremely fine and very scarce 1843-1855 pattern 49th Foot Officers Sword Belt Plate in gilt. This comprising a crowned circular strap ' Princess Charlotte of Wales' enclosing 'Hertfordshire' with '49', with battle honours 'Egmont-op-Zee', 'Copenhagen', 'Queenstown' and 'China', with the Royal Dragon of China below. Plate complete with its rarely seen original protective leather cover to the rear, this with its even rarer 49th Foot paper label with the Royal Dragon of China and Lamb’s name and 49th in ink to leather. Plate shows some minor wear and knocks. A quite superb pierce actually worn during the Crimea war.
c) A fine pair of 49th Foot Officer’s turnback ornaments in cloth and bullion, these removed from the turnback’s on the tails of Lambs tunic.
d) Silk embroidered 'Crimea' Standard Battle-honour, another fine looking piece with minor wear.
George Henry Lamb, was born circa 1829. A native of Basingstoke, after attending the Royal Military College, he was Commissioned Ensign, 49th Foot, 15 December 1848. Promoted Lieutenant, 20 January 1851, he embarked with the Regiment for the Crimea on 28 March 1854, landing at Scutari on 19 April. He left with the Regiment for Varna on 19 June, arriving on 21 June but was taken ill with fever on 2 August and invalided to Buyukdere on 12 August but on recovery, sailed for Varna on 12 September 1854. His Regiment had already left for the Crimea and on 6 October he embarked to join them. Landing at Balaclava on 9 October, he missed the battle of Alma, fought on 20 September, where his Regiment was lightly engaged. Still at Balaclava when the great battle was fought, he tells how from the heights, he was witness to the great cavalry charges of…………………..
Condition generally GVF, a little contact wear to Crimea pair, which are contemporarily engraved in large serif capitals. Legion d’Honneur with the oft seen enamel damage to tips.
A really quite superb group of medals and artifacts belonging to a Crimean War veteran.