medal code j2520

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A FINE CRIMEA GROUP TO A CAPTAIN OF THE BUFFS WHO WAS WOUNDED IN JULY 1855 AND AGAIN DURING THE FINAL ATTACK ON THE REDAN WHEN HE COMMANDED THE LADDER PARTY, HIS REGIMENT SUFFERING OVER 50% CASUALTIES. TAKING COMMAND OF THE REGIMENT AFTER THE BATTLE, HE LED IT INTO SEBASTOPOL CARRYING THEIR COLOURS, THE FIRST BRITISH COLOURS INTO THAT CITY. BREVETED MAJOR TWO MONTHS LATER AND AWARDED THE ORDER OF THE MEDJIDIE, HE HAD RISEN TO MAJOR-GENERAL BY THE TIME OF HIS DEATH

Crimea 1854, clasp General Sebastopol ‘BT. MAJOR. CHARLES. HOOD. THE. BUFFS’ engraved naming, Turkish Crimea, Sardinian issue, unnamed, Order of the Medjidie, Fifth Class breast badge, silver, gold and enamel, unmarked, with attractive C.B. type suspension. Each with original ribbons and fitted with brooch buckles.

2nd group; Crimea 1854, clasp General Sebastopol ‘BT. MAJOR. CHARLES. HOOD. THE. BUFFS’, regimentally impressed naming, Turkish Crimea, Sardinian issue, unnamed.

Additionally a white medal with the inscription ‘HOMAS WILDE...NEWARK EMANCIPATED.. MR SERJT WILDE ELECTED BY THE NOBLE EXERTIONS OF THE 849 BLUE ELECTORS.. MAY 3RD 1831.

Major-General Charles Hood was born in 1826. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and obtained an ensigncy by purchase in the 3rd buffs, 26 June 1844. In 1846 he acted as secretary to the mission sent to the Argentine Republic to arrange certain differences between the combined powers of Great Britain and France and General Rosas, governor of Buenos Ayres. He became lieutenant in the buffs in 1846, and captain in 1851.

Landing in the Crimea in May 1855, Captain Hood was senior officer of his regiment in the trenches before Sebastopol and was slightly wounded during a minor action on 3rd July 1855. Hood was made the Regiments Field Officer on 19th July and would later lead the ladder party during the final attack on the Redan on 8 September 1855, during which he was again wounded. Of the 260 men of the Buffs involved in the attack, over half became casualties, with 135 Officers and Men, killed and wounded. Their gallantry during this attack is indicated in that Victoria Crosses were awarded to both Major Maude and Private Connors. Due to casualties and despite his own wounds, Hood commanded the regiment between 13 September and 27 December 1855, having been awarded the Brevet of Major on 2 November for Distinguished Service in the Field. On the day he took command, he lead the Regiment when it marched with colours flying into the Karabelnaia suburb after the fall of the city; these being the first British colours carried within Sebastopol and a great honour to the Regiment. Hood was rewarded with a above mentioned Brevet of Major, English and Turkish medals, and Fifth Class of Medjidie.

After serving as major of the depot battalion at Templemore, Hood became lieutenant-colonel 58th foot on 23 Nov. 1860, and for some years commanded that regiment in Bengal. He became a major-general in 1870, and honorary lieutenant-general (retired list) in 1877. He died on 8 Feb. 1883.

Condition VF, contact wear to edges of both sets of medals. Given his long service, Hood probably obtained a second set to prevent the original set from being too knocked about and had it engraved to match the first. Both sets with lovely dark patina’s and original ribbons.

A very fine set of medals to a Buffs Office.

Code J2520        Price £