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Soldiers awarded the Crimean Medal by Queen Victoria, Buckingham Palace 1883 copy after 1855 original

Carbon print | 11.5 x 13.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2500169

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Photograph of a group of six soldiers who served in the Crimean War. On the back row, standing left to right: Private Charles Smith of the Grenadier Guards and Gunner George Bagsham of the Royal Artillery. On the front row, seated from left to right: Sergeant Thomas Owens of the Royal Artillery, Private George Biddlecom of the Scots Fusilier Guards, Private Isaac Church of the Grenadier Guards and Private Ed Barrett of the Grenadier Guards. They are wearing the dress uniform of their regiment and the Crimean Medal. There are two windows of Buckingham Palace behind them. This photograph, printed by Jabez Hughes in 1883, is a carbon print pasted over the original photograph.

These soldiers were awarded the Crimean Medal by Queen Victoria on 18th May 1855. Throughout the war she had taken an active interest in the welfare of the troops and on their return to Britain she met a number of veterans at Buckingham Palace and at the military hospital at Chatham. Private Church later became a night porter at Windsor Castle.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (printer)

    Subject(s)
    Army-GB-Infantry-Scots Fusilier Guards (1832-1877)
    Private Charles Smith
    Private Isaac Church (active 1855)
    Private Edward Barrett (active 1855)
    Army-GB-Infantry-Foot Guards (1st or Grenadier) (1819- )
    Gunner George Bagsham (active 1855)
    Army-GB-Artillery-Royal Artillery
    Private George Biddelcombe (fl.1855)
  • 11.5 x 13.4 cm (image)

    29.5 x 23.1 cm (page dimensions)

  • 6 men of various regiments who received the Crimean Medal from Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace, c. 1855 [in Crimean Portraits, 1854 - 1856]

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Costume
            • Uniforms
              • Military uniforms
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Buckingham Palace
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)