Crimea Medal, 3 bars, Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol, Private William Masterton, 28th (Gloucestershire) Regiment of Foot, known as “The Slashers”
Officially impressed: “W. Masterton. 28th. Regt.”
Confirmed on the medal roll, for the medal and these 3 bars this being dispatched by the War Office on 3rd March 1858, indicating it was officially named and assembled before issue.
With copy extract from the muster rolls, recording his enlistment, place of birth and death.
Very crisp unworn condition with toning.
William Masterton or Masterson (some rolls record Masterton [A Scottish Name] some Masterson [An Irish name]), was born in St Mary’s, and having worked as a Labourer, attested for service on 14th November 1847 with the 28th Foot.
Dublin Birth records for the period record a “William Masterson” Baptised on 13th June 1825 in St Mary’s Cathedral, Dublin City, Ireland.
Son of William and Cathe Masterson.
According to the muster rolls he died during the war on “28th January”, which appears to be a Russian Winter casualty during the Siege of Sebastopol.
The medal confirms his presence at The Battle of Alma on 20th September 1854, The Battle of Inkermann on 5th November 1854, and the Siege of Sebastopol 17th Oct 1854 – 11th September 1855, during which Siege he died.