The Collection of Medals formed by Dr A W Stott (25 March 1997)

Date of Auction: 25th March 1997

Sold for £650

Estimate: £400 - £500

Crimea 1854-55, 4 clasps, Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol (Capt. G. S. Peard, 20th Foot) officially impressed naming, fitted with silver ribbon buckle, light contact marks and edge bruising, therefore very fine


George Shuldman Peard was born at Exminster, Devon, on 29 June 1829, and was the son of Captain George Peard, R.N. He was educated at Bath Grammar School and, in 1845, joined the 20th Foot in Canada, serving there until the regiment returned to England in 1853. He embarked for the Crimea in 1854, landing with the Forces at the old Fort and taking part in the battles of Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, and Siege of Sebastopol . He became Lieutenant in March 1854 but, his health becoming seriously affected, he was sent to Scutari, from there to Malta and thence to England. He was promoted to Captain on 11 September 1855, and when sufficiently recovered in health was appointed Assistant Adjutant of Birr Depot Battalion, remaining there until the appointment was abolished. He retired from the service in 1856 and joined the Royal South Down Militia as Captain in 1859, serving with them for four years. In November 1863, he was appointed Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion, Somerset Rifle Volunteers, which he held for twenty-one years, retiring on pension of full pay with Honorary rank of Colonel. In 1855 he published a small volume of his experiences in the Crimea where he served in No.1 Redoubt at Balaklava and carried the Queen’s Colours. Colonel Peard died at Torquay on 5 December 1918 and was buried at Easthampstead, near Bracknell, Berkshire.