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Crimea – Inkermann/Sebastopol to Naval Brigade (off. impressed – HMS Rodney)


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Crimean War Medal, clasps “Inkermann” and “Sebastopol”

to – John Knott Quartermaster R.N. (officially impressed – was on HMS Rodney, one of the four warships to which impressed awards were made).

This medal is ex J. Lawson Whalley collection 1875 and sold in his collection sale in 1884 (when the recipient was still living) and is one of those listed in “Naval Medals” by Douglas Morris as a “known” surviving example of the officially named Crimea RN types.

With copied service record –

George Knott (1817-94) was born in Cawsand (Plymouth) Cornwall, 1817, and enlisted in RN as a Boy in 1834.

Served on (gaps are shore service):

Caledonia 1834-37

Malabar 1838-39

Implacable 1839 – 1842 [ent. to NGS/Syria]

Scylla 1842-45

Ringdove 1846 – 1849 – Captns. Coxn. and QM [Borneo pirates & Brunei]

Ranger  1849-51

Rodney 1851-56 [Crimea – naval brigade]

Nettle 1856

Geyser 1856-57.

Conduct “good” or “very good” but no sign of LSGC award.

There is a man of this name (who fits the bill) in 1891 census as a Pauper in the Workhouse in Stoke Damerel (Devonport), where he died in 1894. This may explain why his medal was sold as early as 1874. A sad fate for a Quartermaster in the RN with such a career.

(Knott’s son bn. 1844 also served in the RN)

Medal in almost NEF condition – a very nice example.

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