PUNJAB 1848-9, 2 CLASPS, CHILIANWALA, GOOJERAT ‘J. BURKE, 24TH FOOT.’, INDIAN MUTINY 1857-9, NO CLASP ‘J. BURKE. 1ST BATN. 24TH REGT’
John Burke was born at Ahane, County Limerick, and attested for the 16th Foot at Limerick on 1 February 1839, aged 20, a labourer by trade. He transferred to the 21st Fusiliers on 1 November 1840, and to the 24th Foot on 1 November 1847. He took part in the Punjab campaign, including the battle of Chilianwala, being one of the lucky members of the regiment to come out of that battle unscathed. However, during the Indian Mutiny, Private Burke was wounded in action (musket ball to left thigh) at the battle of Jhelum, 7th July 1857. Like the battle of Chilianwala, the Jhelum was the 24th Foots main battle of the mutiny. Just 285 men of the Regiment were involved in this hard fought battle, in which they suffered very heavy casualties of 23 killed and 51 wounded.
Private Burke was discharged on 23 October 1860, at his own request, being then in possession of four Good Conduct Badges, Good Conduct Medal, and Punjab Medal with clasps for Chilianwala and Goojerat. He was also awarded Indian Mutiny medal.
Taking into account the relatively small number of men in the 3 companies of the 24th Foot who actually took part in the battle of Jhelum, this makes this scarce and desirable 24th Foot casualty pair, especially when paired with the Punjab.
Condition NVF-VF, some edge bruising and contact marks but none the less a scarce pair. Sold with copied medal rolls and discharge papers. Also entitled to the LSGC Medal.