Sardinian Crimea Medal
The Sardinian Crimean War Medal or, more formally, the Silver Medal for Military Valour for the Eastern Expedition 1855-1856 (Italian: Medaglia d’Argento al Valor Militare per la spedizione d’Oriente 1855-1856) was a gallantry medal awarded by King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia for bravery during the Crimean War (1855-1856) against the Russian Empire. It is a variant of the Sardinian Medal of Military Valor.
|Sardinian Crimea Medal|
Obverse of the medal
|Awarded by the Kingdom of Sardinia|
|Eligibility||British, French and Sardinian personnel|
|Established||6 June 1856|
|450 (British recipients)|
Ribbon and medalEdit
A silver medal with a blue watered ribbon. The obverse shows a crown with laurel and palm branch surrounding the arms of Savoy, with the inscription "Al Valore Militare". The reverse is inscribed "Spedizione d'Oriente 1854-1856" outside a laurel wreath, with the name, rank and unit of the recipient usually engraved within the wreath.
In addition to awards to the Sardinian Expeditionary Corps and other allied soldiers, the medal was awarded to 450 specially selected officers and men of the Royal Navy and British Army. Queen Victoria gave permission for the medal to be worn by British servicemen in uniform.
- War Medals and Their History, page 153. William Augustus Steward. Published: Stanley Paul & Co, London, 1915.
- For example, see medals awarded to: Major Boldero, 21st Regiment, National Army Museum, Gunner Bull, Royal Marine Artillery, Royal Museums Greenwich.
- Captain H. Taprell Dorling. Ribbons and Medals. pp. 140. A.H.Baldwin & Sons, London. 1956.
- "Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 March 1858, page 1272". 1858. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
- "Crimean War Veterans in Western Australia, The Sardinian Crimea Medal 1854–1856". www.crimeanwar-veteranswa.com.
- "Royal Museums Greenwich collections. Sardinian Medal awarded to Gunner John Bull, Royal Marine Artillery".
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