medal code j1915

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ARMY OF INDIA 1799-1826, CLASP, CAPTURE OF DEIG TO AN NCO OF THE 65TH. FOOT, WOUNDED AT THE DISASTROUS STORMING OF BHURTPORE IN 1805, WHERE LORD LAKE’S ARMY SUFFERED A HUGE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES

ARMY OF INDIA 1799-1826, CLASP, CAPTURE OF DEIG ‘SERGT. ED. REYNOLDS, 65TH. FOOT.’

Edward Reynolds from Rolson, County Tyrone, enlisted into the 65th Foot on 27th Sept 1799 until 20th July 1822 when he transferred to the 47th Foot (in Bombay) and served with them until discharged on 10th July 1824, aged 41. He saw a great deal of service in the East Indies between May 1803 and December 1823. On his discharge he was noted as:
‘being worn out, and grazed in the hip with a cannon shot at Bhurtpoor 20th Feby 1805’

The original medal roll shows he had being serving in Captain Hinde’s company at the battle of Poona.

The 65th Foot saw a great deal of service in India and against the pirates in Arabia during the years of Reynolds service. They formed part of Lord Lake’s 8-9000 strong army at the mighty fortress of Bhurtpore 1805. Between 9th January and 22nd February 1805, British forces were four times repulsed in attempts to storm the fortress and after suffering horrendous numbers of casualties of 3292 killed and wounded, it was decided against further attempts, resulting in an embarrassing defeat for the British. Interestingly, Lieut William Hinde, was also wounded at Bhurtpore…….

Reynolds is listed on the original medal roll as applying for and being entitled to a single clasp award for Poona. The 65th Foot not being present at the Capture of Deig. The clasps could of course be switched to what they should have been, however with both clasps being rare it is probably an error in issue.

Condition; GVF, short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, the rank extremely neatly engraved in the same style. Lovely patina and old collectors ribbon.

A very rare casualty medal for the storming of Bhurtpore in 1805 for which a clasp was not issued.

Code J1915         Price £2485