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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 32

The unusual Crimea Medal awarded to Sub-Inspector W. Fosbery, Royal Irish Constabulary, who was seconded as Deputy Assistant Commissary General to the Land Transport Corps during the campaign

Crimea 1854-56, 3 clasps, Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol (D.A.C.G. Wm. Fosbery.), contemporarily engraved naming, private rivets between second and third clasps, with attractive floral silver top riband bar, very fine

Approximately 16 Officers and 26 other ranks seconded from the Royal Irish Constabulary during the Crimean War.

William Fosbery was born in 1818 at Ashgrove, Pallaskenry, County Limerick, Ireland, the second son of William and Elizabeth Goff of Carrigfoy, County Kerry. He joined the Royal Irish Constabulary on 26 May 1845 as a Cadet, was made 3rd Class Sub-Inspector on 2 August 1845 and advanced 2nd Sub-Inspector on 1 December 1849.

With the outbreak of the Crimean War he was seconded to the Army Commissariat Department in the Crimea from 2 August 1854-9 August 1855 (Medal & 3 clasps). He was granted Good Service Pay on 1 January 1857 and had his Sebastpol clasp sent separately to him on 16 August 1858, which explains the private rivets upon his Medal. He was duly appointed 1st Class Sub-Inspector on 21 April 1859 for his performances on campaign on his return to the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Retired on 21 April 1868, with a pension of £150 per annum, he had served in County Tipperary, Mayo, Cork and Galway during his career. He died on 2 January 1889 at The Mall, Cahir, County Tipperary and left an estate worth £3,782 to his widow; sold together with copied research and extracts.

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