Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Wide Suspension, Corporal John Morgan, 5th Company, Royal Marines, awarded for 21 years service, entitled to a most unusual British Army Indian Mutiny Medal.
Officially engraved as issued: “Jn. Morgan. Corpl. 5th. Co. R.M. 21 Yrs”. In Excellent condition as awarded right at the end of his career.
John Morgan was born on 6th October 1831 in Lismore, Waterford, Ireland, he was a Musician when he enlisted for service with the Army, as part of the 70th (Surrey) Regiment of Foot circa 1849-50.
He would served for 10 years 285 days and served in the Indian Mutiny with the remarks stating he was “at Hotel Murdein”, the medal was a later issue being issued by authority of a letter dated 6th January 1869.
Following his discharge he then enlisted at Chatham for service with the Royal Marines on the day of his 29th Birthday, 6th October 1860, standing 5 foot 9 1/4 inches tall, with brown hair, grey eyes and a member of the Church of England.
Following further service he was awarded this Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with gratuity by order of 30th January 18731, being presented with it on parade before a large assembled number of officers and men in early february.
During his service he was promoted to Corporal on 3rd August 1864 and Sergeant on 19th February 1871.
This was announced in the Naval and Military Gazette 11th February 1871, the medals were presented by Colonel C. Lewis, Commandant of Chatham Division R.M.L.I.
He was interestingly allowed his 10 years with the Army to count towards his Navy LS and GC medal.
He was soon after discharged at his own request on 18th May 1871, having served a combined total of 21 years 145 days.
Both this medal and his Indian Mutiny were once offered for sale by Spink during 1893, even at the time they called it an “Unusual Pair”.
A possibly unique combination of an Army issued Indian Mutiny Medal with a Naval Long service Medal.