Scinde Medal, reverse Hyderabad 1843, William Bagley, 22nd Cheshire Regiment of Foot. Officially engraved in usual style “Wm. Bagley 22nd Regt”.
One of 159 medals issued with Hyderabad reverse to the 22nd Regt. Fitted with silver clip and flat bar suspension. Some contact marking and edge knocks from 18 years of service following the issue of the medal.
Born during 1822, he served with service number 1934, after fighting in the Scinde campaign during 1843 he was still serving almost 20 years later when he met his untimely death stationed in Malta at the Floriana Barracks.
Confirmed on the medal roll as present in the action at Hyderabad on 24th March 1843, where a small British force led by Capt James Outram consisting of 3,000 men, the 22nd Foot being the only British Regiment present with the remainder from the Indian Army and one unit of Cavalry, were attacked by a 20,000 strong force of Talpurs as they defended the British residence at Hyderabad as they waited for a river steamer to make their escape.
During the battle the British force lost 39 men dead and 231 wounded, with the enemy taking 2,000 casualties.
Present on the 1851 Army Index stationed at Dagshai India, and the 1861 Index stationed at Malta, both with the 1st Battalion 22nd Foot.
The Regiment had arrived in Malta from Cork on 22nd June 1860 with 838 men, 77 wives and 82 children to occupy Floriana Barracks.
The regiment had a large number of admissions to he hospital, due to the hot weather in the summer months in the next year of 1861, the average strength of the regiment was 843 men, but they had between them 874 hospital admissions.
During 1861 the battalion suffered severely from ardent continued fever with 279 admissions and 3 deaths. The fever showed itself in June, ramping up over the next few months. At the time the regiment was in the Floriana Barracks in which the battalion there the previous year had suffered considerably from fever in 1860.
On 1st June 1861 William Bagley was buried at the age of 39 in Floriana Cemetery, becoming one of 14 to die during the year.
Ex DNW 28th March 2002, the Collection of Gordon Everson, hammer price £820 + fees.