Afghanistan War Medal 1878-80, 3 bars, Charasia, Kabul, Kandahar, 58B/277 Private John Johnstone, 72nd Highlanders.
A scarce 3 bar medal, confirmed on the medal roll as entitled to all 3, took part in the Battle of Charasia and the famous March from Kabul to Candahar.
Slight edge bruise about 5 o’clock, some light contacting and wear as entitled to K to K Star.
Officially engraved: “58B/277 Pte J. Johnstone 72nd Highrs.”
Private John Johnstone, number 277 of the 58th Brigade, served with the 1st Battalion 72nd Highlanders during the war in Afghanistan.
The medal roll shows entitlement to all 3 claps for “Charasia(h), Kabul, Kandahar” and notes that at the time of issue he was non-effective as having been transferred to the 1st Class Army Reserve.
The 72nd Highland Regiment saw it’s final campaign in the Second Afghan War, during 1881 under the Childers Reforms, it merged with the 78th Highlanders to from the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.
During the War in Afghanistan, they fought at The Battle of Charaisah during October 1879, followed by the Siege of the Sherpur Cantonment near Kabul in December 1879.
They then took part in the famous difficult March in General Robert’s Column from Kabul to Kandahar, later fighting in the Battle of Kandahar in September 1880, bring a close to the war.