|Crimean War Medal
No. 1953 Private Patrick Timmons
46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot
Patrick Timmons would spend one year, seven months in the Crimea, earning this medal and its clasp for “Sebastopol”. Timmons was also entitled to the Turkish Crimea Medal but the
current whereabouts of that award is uncertain.
After the end of hostilities with Russia, Timmons and the 46th would spend two years, five months on the Greek Ionian island of Corfu. From the idyllic Greek isle it was on to just over
seven years of garrison duty in India. Although not specifically stated in his discharge papers, Timmons must have ended his service while in India since the 46th did not return to England
Timmons stated in his discharge papers that he intended to reside in his hometown of Blessington. We may well assume he did although no records relating to him after leaving the army
have come to light.
In regards to Timmons’ medal itself. I traced the sales history of the medal and have found that it had previously been listed as renamed. After close examination of the medal in person I
do not believe this to be the case. There does not appear to be any of the characteristic thinning of the medal’s lower rim that resulted from a previous recipient’s name being polished off
prior to renaming. Part of the confusion may be due to the somewhat convoluted process that went into naming the medals originally.
Unlike most Victorian-era campaign medals, that for the Crimea was issued unnamed although with a proviso that they could be returned to be officially impressed with the pertinent
information in uniform Roman capitals. That many soldiers failed to do so is not surprising. Many medals were impressed or engraved by the recipient’s battalion or regiment. This
resulted in a wide variety of font styles being used. Thirdly some recipients had their medals privately engraved by jewelers, watchmakers or silversmiths, quite often in some form of
running script. I believe that Timmons’ medal falls into the second category.
This medal is named in Roman capitals but curiously was done so upside down. Normally when one reads the naming on a medal’s rim it is done so from left to right with the medal’s
obverse facing up. In this care the naming is read left to right with the medal’s reverse side facing up. Why or how this “mistake” occurred is unknown. While this curiosity adds no
monetary value to the medal, it does add a bit more unique personality to it.