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The M.S.M. group of three awarded to Regimental Sergeant-Major John Laverty, 77th Foot, later Yeoman of the Guard

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The M.S.M. group of three awarded to Regimental Sergeant-Major John Laverty, 77th Foot, later Yeoman of the Guard

Coronation 1902, bronze, named on the reverse ‘2775 J. Laverty, Sgt. Major 77th Foot; Coronation 1911, Sergt. Major Laverty. King’s Body Guard; Army Meritorious Service Medal, E.VII.R. Serjt. Mjr. J. Laverty. 77th Foot. ‘77th’ re-impressed,

Note: These medals, together with his Jubilee 1887, Crimea, Turkish Crimea, and L.S. & G.C. medal, were formerly on loan to the Middlesex Regimental Museum, but were returned to the family when it closed down and have been subsequently separated.

John Laverty was born at Carrickfergus, County Antrim, and attested for the 57th Foot at Belfast on 18 March 1853, aged 18,

He volunteered to the 77th Foot in February 1854 and served with the regiment in the Crimea (Medal with 3 clasps, and Turkish medal).
He received his L.S. & G.C. medal in March 1871 and was discharged in the rank of Sergeant-Major on 31 March 1874.
He was appointed a Yeoman of the Guard on 31 January 1885, and was present at the inspection by Kaiser Wilhelm in 1891, at that by Queen Victoria in 1897, and at that by King Edward VII in 1901.
He was one of those senior Yeomen awarded the M.S.M. without annuity on 1 May 1907.
He died on 15 November 1913.
Condition VF