Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (23 June 2021)

Date of Auction: 23rd June 2021

Sold for £6,500

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

The Crimea Medal awarded to Private John Brown, 8th Hussars, who was severely wounded in the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava and subsequently died of his wounds

Crimea 1854-56, 3 clasps, Alma, Balaklava, Sebastopol (J. Brown, 8th Hussars.) officially impressed naming, suspension claw neatly re-affixed, light edge bruising and field marks, otherwise good very fine £5,000-£7,000


John Brown was born in Antrim, Ireland, and was a servant prior to enlistment into the 8th Hussars on 13 March 1845. He embarked for the East in the Hired Transport Shooting Star on 25 April 1854, and was at Varna from June to September 1854. He was severely wounded at Balaklava on 25 October 1854 (London Gazette 16 December 1854 refers) and died from his wounds at Scutari Hospital on 17 December 1854. Sold with copied medal roll extracts and relevant muster rolls.