A Good C.B. group of five to Inspector-General John Robert Taylor, C.B., Army Medical Department, late 29th and 80th Foot; who served at the Battles of Ferozeshuhur and Sobraon and the Capture of Prome, Taylor was given medical charge of the 3rd Division during the Siege of Sebastopol, including the assaults of 18 June and 8 September.
The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, C.B. (Military) Companion’s breast Badge, gold and enamel, hallmarks for William Neal, London 1846, fitted with narrow swivel-ring suspension and gold riband buckle; Sutlej 1845-46, for Ferozeshuhur, 1 clasp, Sobraon (Surgn. John R: Taylor 29th Regt.); India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Pegu (Surgn. J. R. Taylor. 80th Regt.), officially engraved; Crimea 1854-56, 1 clasp, Sebastopol, unnamed as issued; Turkish Crimea, Sardinian issue, pierced with dual ring suspension,
C.B. London Gazette 5 February 1856.
John Robert Taylor was born on Jersey on 14 October 1810.
He served in Canada as an Assistant Surgeon with the 1st (King’s) Dragoon Guards, he then in 1842 he transferred to the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot, then stationed in India. He served with the Regiment through the Sutlej campaign of 1845-46, including the Battles of Ferozeshuhur and Sobraon , transferring to the 80th Foot when hostilities ceased.
He served with the 80th during the 2nd Burma War of 1852-55, including the capture of Martaban, the operations before Rangoon, and the capture of the Great Shwe Dagon Pagoda. He was also present at the capture of Prome. On 3 March 1854 he was promoted to Staff Surgeon, 1st Class.
Taylor acted as Principal Medical Officer at Chatham before embarking for the Crimea, where he served as Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals (London Gazette, 9 February 1855). He was in medical charge of the 3rd Division before Sebastopol from 20 March 1855 to the end of the war, including the assaults of 18 June and 8 September. For these services he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.
He became an Inspector-General of Hospitals on 31 December 1858.
On returning to England he resumed the post of Principal Medical Officer at Chatham, and was appointed an Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty.
His last posting was to Aldershot in 1863.
The 1871 census records him living at Elton Villa, Cheltenham.
He married and had five children. He received a reward for distinguished service, and died at Cheltenham on 23 December 1892, aged 82;
With a good file of research.
Medals have been cleaned, and mounted by Spinks, medals very fine or better.