James Reynolds an 18 year old Sawyer from Westbury, enlisted into the 9th Foot on 24 September 1839 and served through the campaigns in Afghanistan in 1842 and the Sutlej, 1845-6. Promoted Corporal on 26 June 1855, he became Drum Major in the 2nd Cheshire Militia on 23 January 1858 and Sergeant, 22 August 1859. Reynolds was discharged on 25 September 1860. Reason for discharge; “having completed 21 years service and being appointed to the Staff of the Militia (2nd Cheshire)”.
His service papers note that he served 6 ½ years in the East Indies. His conduct had been “very good” and that he had served in the “campaign of Afghanistan in 1842., medal. Campaign of the Sutlej in 1845 and 46 and was present at the3 battles of Moodkee, Ferozeshah and Sobraon, medal and 2 clasps, also a medal with £5.00 gratuity for Long Service and Good Conduct 5th March 1858.”
Condition NVF, contact marks and EK’s, with Crimea type suspension. Regimentally impressed naming, ‘H.M.’ pretty much unreadable, rest clear.