A Collection of Medals to the Norfolk Regiment

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,800

A Crimean War D.C.M. awarded to Corporal J. Begg, 9th Foot, who was slightly wounded at the attack on the Batteries at Sebastopol, 18 June 1855

Distinguished Conduct Medal, V.R. (Corpl. James Begg, 9th Foot) heavy contact marks, therefore good fine, the obverse better £1,400-£1,800


D.C.M. Recommended 6 February 1855.

James Begg was born in Clonmellon, Westmeath, in 1820 and attested for the 9th Regiment of Foot at Liverpool on 21 July 1840. He ‘served in the campaign in Afghanistan in 1842 (Medal), and also the campaign of the Sutlej in 1845-46, and was present at the Battle of Moodkee, Forozeshuhur, and Sobraon (Medal with two clasps). He was wounded at Jugdulluck. He served in the Crimea from 27 November 1854 to 1 May 1856 (Medal with clasp Sebastopol and Turkish Crimea Medal) and was slightly wounded at the attack on the Batteries of Sebastopol [on 18 June 1855, whilst attached to the Land Transport Corps]. He is in possession of the Medal for Distinguished Conduct in the Field with £10 Gratuity.’ (recipient’s record of service refers).

Begg was promoted Corporal on 1 January 1853, but was tried by Regimental Court Martial in October 1855 and, despite the award of the D.C.M., was reduced to Private. He was discharged on 5 August 1862 after 22 years and 13 days’ service, of which 6 years and 6 months had been spent in India, 6 months in Malta, 1 year and 5 months in the Crimea, and 1 year and 5 months in Canada.

Sold with copied Record of Service.