Battles & Medals

Of the men that served in the Enrolled Pensioner Force it is estimated one third were awarded Military Campaign Medals.

Records show that where our men received Campaign Medals, many received more than one.

The breadth of service, battles fought and achievements by men of the Enrolled Pensioner Force is briefly shown below:

Victoria CrossThomas Grady of the 4th and 99th Regiments

Waterloo Medal 1815 Edward Tierney 27th Regiment and New South Wales Veteran Corps

Distinguished Conduct MedalThomas Grady above and George Lee of the 77th Regiment

The South African Frontier Wars of 1834–36, 1846–47 and 1850–53: over sixty men received one or more medals for these campaigns in the eastern Cape of Good Hope.

1st Anglo Afghan War 1839 to 1842: over thirty men received medals with clasps for battles at Kandahar, Jellalabad, Ghunzi and Kabool.

China War 1840 to 1842: over sixty men received medals for serving with distinction in battles at Canton River, Chusan, Amoy, Ningpo, Chinhai, Tzeki, Chapu, Woosung and Chinkiang.

Crimean War 1854-1855: over two hundred men received medals. These included:

      • British Crimean Medal for battles at Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman and Sebastopol. Quite a few men received clasps for all four of these battles. An excellent website of West Australians who served in the Crimean War including Enrolled Pensioners can be found here.
      • Turkish Crimean War Medal issued by the Sultan Abdülmecid I of the Ottoman Empire

Indian Mutiny 1857-1858: over two hundred men received medals for service and battles in Delhi, Defence and Relief of Lucknow, Lucknow and Central India.

Other examples of medals issued include Baltic Medal, Gwalia Star, Bronze Stars, Defence of Kars, Legion d’Honeur, New Zealand Maori Wars, Militaire Republique France, Sutlej Medal and various Long Service & Good Conduct Medals.

The Charge of the Light Brigade (Balaclava) – Pensioner Henry Dyson Naylor of the 13th Light Dragoons participated and his sword from the battle survives to this day,

The identification of Campaign Medals received by our men and the battles they fought is a work in progress.

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

If you have information on medals, photographs or men’s stories and achievements let us know at the Contact Page

Victoria Cross

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Waterloo Medal 1815

British Crimea Medal (Alma-Balaclava-Inkerman-Sebastopol Clasps)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Africa Medal 1833-34

Indian Mutiny with Delhi and Lucknow clasps

2nd China War Medal with Pekin & Taku Fort Clasps

Afghan War – Ghunzi Medal