Jellalabad Medal 1842, Mural Crown 1st Type, Sergeant John Fitch, 13th Regiment, Prince Alfred’s Light Infantry.
Depot impressed naming: “Serjeant John Fitch XIII P.A.L.I.”
His identically named Cabul 1842 medal which he is entitled to is know to be existent, sold in the Seaby Coin and Medal Bulletin Circa 1977.
John Fitch was born during 1808 in Barnard, Essex, Willingale Doe known as Winnigull, Essex. He was a servant before enlisting with the 13th Regiment of Light Infantry aged 17 on 27th May 1825 at London. He enlisted for unlimited service claiming a bounty of £3.
Served 13 years as a private from 26th May 1825 until 2nd October 1839.
Promoted Corporal on 3rd October 1839.
Promoted to Sergeant 1st May 1841.
Tried for being drunk and released as a Private to be discharged on 20th May 1847.
He served for a total of 21 years and 18 days, with 19 years being spent in the East Indies.
His General Conduct was described as “Remarkably Good”
He served “With the army of the Indus in the Afghanistan Campaigns in the years 1838,39,40,41 and 42, was present at the storming of Ghuznee in July 1839, and the Forts of Tootumdurrah and Joolgah in the Kohistan in 1840, present at the several engagements in forcing the passes from Cabool to Jellalabad in 1841, and in defence of the latter Fortress in 1841/42, present in the several engagements at Jellalabad 7th April 1842, Jugdullock 8th September, Tazeen 13th September 1842, and capture of Cabool 15th September 1842.
Is in possession of three medals, for the Storming of Ghuznee, General Action of Jellalabad and Capture of Cabool.”
Following his discharge he returned home and is listed as living with his Mother and 3 brothers on Wood Lane, Willingale Doe, Essex according to the 1851 Cencus.