Military General Service Medal 1793-1848, bar Maida, James Pope, Serjt, 78th Foot.
An interesting single bar for Maida to a long serving Sergeant in the 78th Highlander Regiment of Foot, The Ross-shire buffs, who served until he could no longer from 1804-1830.
He was born in Durness, Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland in 1788.
He joined the regiment as a young private aged 16 on 8th June 1804.
He was not of age until 8th June 1806, as soon as he turned 18 his Battalion the 2nd Bn 78th Foot embarked for Italy and took part in the Battle of Maida on 4th July 1806.
Following on from the Battle of Maida, his battalion was then shipped over to Egypt to take part in the Alexandria Expedition of 1807 and was present at the Capture.
He continued serving and was promoted to Corporal on 25th February 1818, promoted again to Sergeant on 25th April 1825, he was finally discharged on 27th September 1830, his service abroad summarised as, 2 1/2 years in Gibraltar, Sicily & Egypt, being present at Battle of Maida in 1806 and the Capture of Alexandria in 1807, with one year and two months in Flanders.
Only 97 Maida clasps claimed to the 78th Foot by 1848, with copy service papers.