Baltic Medal, Crimea Medal 3 bars, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Alma and Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, VR, Wide suspension, Thomas Wills, 35th Company Royal Marines.
Baltic Medal unnamed as issued.
Crimea Medal contemporarily engraved: “Thomas Wills, Royal Marines, HMS Algiers”, possibly by Hunt and Roskell.
Naval LSandGC, officially engraved: “T. Wills. Pte. 35th Coy, R.M. 21 yrs”
All 3 medals were at some point brooch mounted which have been professionally removed and are fitted with replacement suspensions and the Crimea with copy clasps (Alma bar should be Inkermann).
“This man’s name does not appear in the Divisional Defaulters Book, He is in possession of five good conduct marks, has been awarded a medal and gratuity of £5 for Long Service and Good Conduct, served in the Crimean campaign of 1854-55, was present at the Battle of Balaclava, also in the trenches at Inkermann, and holds the Crimean medal with clasps for Balaclava, Inkermann and Sebastopol.”
Thomas Wills was born in Callington, Cornwall during 1838, he attested for service with the Royal Marines at the age of 23 on 4th May 1842.
During his long naval career he saw 8 years and 253 days Afloat and on Foreign Stations, with 13 years and 115 days, on shore in the UK.
He was discharged on 6th May 1864.
He served on the following ships:
HMS Superb – 14th December 1844 – 20th November 1848
HMS Royal William – 28th February 1854 – 12th April 1854
HMS Calcutta – 13th May 1854 – 24th September 1854
HMS Algiers – 25th September 1854 – 5th April 1855.
HMS Centurion – 25th January 1856 – 29th May 1856
HMS Centurion – 27th July 1856 – 7th December 1859