ROYAL NAVY LONG SERVICE AND GOOD CONDUCT VR 1848-75 WIDE SUSPENDER ‘J. CORNIBEER. COLOR SERJT R.M. H.M.S. HAWKE 21 YRS’.
The National Archives holds the attestation papers to serve in the Royal Marines at Plymouth 1842 for John Cornibeer, aged 18 from Somerset (ADM 157/176/387). He was discharged in 1863, so would fit the medal recipient perfectly service wise.
Marine John Cornibeer, aged 23 married Thamzin Thirza, aged 22 on 10th May 1848. His place of residence is noted as San Josef (HMS). Also private John Cornibeer is noted as serving in the Naval Brigade of HMS Queen during the Crimean War. Medal rolls for also confirm medal to Marine, HMS Queen.
The above are almost certainly the same man. Cornibeer is such an unusual surname that there are not many alternatives. Bar the above internet searches, no papers have been as yet obtained from the National Archives, so requesting copies of ADM 157/176/387 would be a good starting place.
Condition GVF, an attractive looking medal.