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

Carbon print | 10.7 x 13.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2500168

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Photograph of a group of six soldiers who served in the Crimean War. From left to right: Sergeant John Breese of the 11th Hussars, Sergeant William Owen of the Grenadier Guards, Bombadier Henry Lidsdell of the Royal Artillery, Corporal Charles Motton of the Scots Fusilier Guards, Private Andrew Robins of the Royal Artillery and Corporal Frederick Bridges of the Coldstream Guards. They are wearing the dress uniform of their regiment and the Crimean Medal. Sergeant Breese and Private Robins are both missing an arm. 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.
  • Creator(s)

    Unknown Person (photographer)

    Jabez Hughes (1819-84) (printer)

    Subject(s)
    Sergeant John Breese (1817-89)
    Army-GB-Cavalry-11th Prince Albert's Own Hussars (1846-1920)
    Army-GB-Cavalry Regiments
    Sergeant William Owen (fl. 1855)?
    Army-GB-Infantry-Foot Guards (1st or Grenadier) (1819- )
    Henry Lidsdell, Bombadier (fl.1855)
    Andrew Robins, Private (fl.1855)
    Army-GB-Artillery-Royal Artillery
    Charles Motton, Corporal (fl.1855)
    Army-GB-Infantry-Scots Fusilier Guards (1832-1877)
    Frederick Bridges, Corporal (fl.1855)
    Army-GB-Infantry-Coldstream Guards (1819-)
  • 10.7 x 13.6 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
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the nineteenth century
              • Crimean War (1853-1856)