CRIMEA 1854, CLASP, SEBASTOPOL ‘LT. C. G. CLARKE 57TH REGT.’ REGIMENTAL DEPOT IMPRESSED NAMING; NEW ZEALAND 1845-66, REVERSE UNDATED ‘CAPTN. C. G. CLARKE. 57TH FOOT’
Lieutenant Charles George Clarke, of the South Devon Militia was appointed Ensign in the 57th Foot on 29 December 1854. Advanced to Lieutenant on 9 March 1855, he was further promoted Captain on 7 April 1864. He served in New Zealand for 1 year 10 months during the years 1854-66, and retired in December 1868. He was later Adjutant, 3rd V.B. Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment and was eventually promoted Major. In 1901, Clarke was made a Military Knight of Windsor, his Army List entry notes;
“Major C. G. Clarke served in the Crimea 1854-55, being present at the siege and fall of Sebastopol and the bombardment and capture of Kinburn (Medal and Clasp). Served in the New Zealand war 1865-66.”
Major Clarke died at Windsor in 1909.
The Die-Hards Journal December 1950, page 12, adds the following which show further medal entitlement (unnamed medals) and that his uniform is held in the Regimental museum:
“Major Charles George Clarke, 57th Regiment. Joined the 57th Regiment December 1854. Served in the Crimea, where he disembarked September 3, 1855. He was present at the assault and capture of Sebastopol September 8, 1855 and the bombardment and capture of Kinburn October 18, 1855. After a tour of service in England, he joined the Service Companies in New Zealand June 29, 1864 and fought with the Regiment in the Maori War in several engagements. He invalided him at the end of the year (*should say April 1866 as medal roll notes 1 year 10 months). He then served as Adjutant to 3rdVolunteer Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. In 1901 he was made a Military Knight of Windsorin the Lower Foundation, and in 1902 was promoted to the Royal Foundation. He was in possession of the following medals:
1. Coronation Medal., King Edward VII 2. British Crimea medal with clasp Sebastopol 3. New Zealand War medal 4. Turkish Crimea medal
He died at Windsor 1909.
The full dress coatee, cocked hat, cross belt with belt plate, crimson sash and also the complete undress uniform of his old “Die-Hard” can be seen in the “Die-Hard” museum”.
From the Military Knights of Windsor from the Windsor Castle College website……………..
Condition; contact marks obverse of first, otherwise VF or better. A most interesting group.