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Ghuznee 1839 to 4th (QO) Light Dragoons

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Medal for the Capture of Ghuznee, 1839

to: John Kennedy, 4th (QO) Light Dragoons.

4th Queen’s Own Light Dragoons, later 4th Hussars.

Engraved around the rim in running script.

The first campaign medal for the British army after Waterloo!

With copied service papers which show that Kennedy was born in St. Michael’s, Dublin, in 1807 and enlisted into the 4th LD in 1827. He served in the same regiment, always in the rank of Private, until discharged in 1852 at the age of 45.

His papers show him to have been “a good soldier”, in possession of “the medal for the storm and capture of Ghuznee 1839” (his only award) and discharged due to rheumatism and being worn out after long service in hot climates (over 13 years in the East Indies).

A nice looking medal, with little contacting, on original suspension (with light soldered to prevent swing) and with what looks like the original ribbon, stitched at top.