The Jack Webb Collection of Medals and Militaria

Date of Auction: 20th August 2020

Sold for £900

Estimate: £400 - £500

Pair: Captain E. M. Armstrong, 55th Regiment, who was severely wounded at the Alma and received his Crimea medal from the hands of the Queen at Hyde Park on 18 May 1855

Crimea 1854-56, 1 clasp, Alma (Captn. Armstrong. 55th Regt.) contemporary engraved naming and additionally inscribed in small serifed capitals ‘Presented by her Majesty in person 18th May 1855’; Turkish Crimea 1855, Sardinian issue, unnamed, plugged at 12 o’clock and fitted with swivel-ring suspension, both fitted with contemporary ribbon buckles, edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise nearly very fine (2) £400-£500


Edward Marcus Armstrong was commissioned Ensign in the 55th Foot on 18 September 1849; Lieutenant, 24 June 1853; Captain, 2 February 1855. He was severely wounded at the battle of the Alma, 20 September 1854, and subsequently invalided home. He was presented with his Crimea medal by Queen Victoria at Hyde Park on 18 May 1855 (The Times of 19 May 1855 refers). Captain Armstrong had sold out his commission before December 1864.