Army LSGC of the “Anchor Reverse” type issued in error in India.
to – Pte. G. Cooper, 3rd Euro. Regt. [slightly irregular impressed caps.]
Approx. 100 of this type of medal was sent – in error – to India in 1859 following an appeal for a further supply of army LSGC medals for immediate issue. It is not known exactly how many of this 100 were actually awarded – it remains a rare type.
A note with the medal (referring to research which is not present) gives a good outline of George Cooper’s career – the only one of that name on the muster rolls.
Born in Leicester, he enlisted in London in 1840 at the age of 19/7 for unlimited service in the HEIC forces.
Allocated to the Bombay Presidency, he arrived in Bombay in July 1841 and was posted initially into the 2nd Bombay Europeans, transferring as one of 50 privates from the 2nd into the 3rd Battn. on its formation in 1853.
There is no trace of service in the Mutiny – he may have been at the Depot throughout, given his length of service.
In VF condition, with some slight/small edge dints