PUNJAB 1848-49, CLASPS, CHILIANWALA, GOOJERAT ‘SERJT. T. BIRD, 24TH FOOT.’; ARMY L.S. & G.C., V.R., 2ND ISSUE, LARGE LETTER REVERSE, ENGRAVED NAMING ‘N. ..02 CR. SERJT. T. BIRD...’
1402 Color Sergeant Thomas Bird was born in Cork and attested for the 24th Foot at Westminster on 29 July 1837, aged 19 years. His discharge papers, dated Rawul Pindee 30th Nov 1857 state: ‘His character is good, received a Medal & Gratuity of £15 for Good Conduct and Long Service on 5th March 1856 - Served with the Army of the Punjab in 1848/49 in action at Sadoolapore 3rd Decr. 1848, Chilianwala 13th Jany. & Goojerat 21st Feby. 1849 - Contusion of left hip by a Ball at Chilianwala - Received War Medal & 2 clasps for service in the Punjab on 3rd August 1852’.
Finally discharged back in the UK on 31st August 1858. Sold with copy discharge papers and medal roll that confirms wounded. A note to the wound, being shot by a ball means Sergeant Bird would have been wounded up at the guns during the battle.
Condition GF+, edge bruising and contact marks resulting in part of regimental number and regiment lost on LSGC, this due to medals contacting each other at 3 and 9’oclock. No loss of naming to Punjab as naming on this medal below these contact points, whereas script longer on LSGC. The first with replacement suspension claw. Cleary the medals were well worn by Bird but not many Punjab’s with LSGC to the 24th seen on the market, especially to Chillianwala casualties.