Orders, Decorations and Medals (1 December 2010)

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Date of Auction: 1st December 2010

Sold for £2,600

Estimate: £1,600 - £1,800

Three: Quarter-Master John Nowlan, 62nd Foot, late 11th Foot

Military General Service 1793-1814, 4 clasps, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse (John Nowlan, 11th Foot); Crimea 1854-56, 1 clasp, Sebastopol (Qr. Master John Nowlan, 62th Regt.) contemporary engraved naming; Turkish Crimea, Sardinian issue, unnamed, edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise very fine and rare (3) £1600-1800

Footnote

John Nowlan served in the Peninsula with the 11th Foot in 1813-14, and received the War Medal with four clasps for Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, and Toulouse. He was promoted to Corporal in September 1820, and to Sergeant in April 1823, being appointed Colour-Sergeant at Cork in November 1825. From 1827 to 1838 he served at Corfu, until posted to Canada where he was promoted to Quarter-Master Sergeant in December 1838. Whilst serving in Canada, he received a commission as Ensign in the 11th Foot, without purchase, on 20 November 1840, and transferred to the 70th Foot as Quarter-Master in October 1841. He left Canada in April 1843 and served for the next few years in various parts of England and Ireland. In December 1848 he was transferred as Quarter-Master to the 62nd Foot, later serving with that regiment in the Crimea at the siege of Sebastopol. Nowlan retired on 2 February 1855 with the rank of Hon. Captain.