I recently purchased a Victorian LS & GC Medal to Garrison Sergeant Major J.T. Mayor. Today I received his WO.97 papers found in the British National Archives, which, much to my surprise, yielded the fact that he had served with the Royal Navy prior to enlisting in the army, and had served in the Crimea with the Naval Brigade along with his shipmates from HMS Diamond, and was entitled to a Crimea Medal with clasp and a Turkish Crimea Medal.
His service details will follow - but I have to inquire if anyone on the CWF that can confirm his medal entitlement and the dates that he served in the Crimea, and, perhaps a short outline on the doings of the crew of HMS Diamond would be most welcomed.
I have to plead ignorance on things R.N. and Crimean, as my research and collecting specialization lies with the 60th Rifles - the King's Royal Rifle Corps, who weren't in the Crimea.
And finally, I suggest that it must be unusual for an able-bodied seaman to end up as a Garrison Sergeant Major on the Staff of the Army!
Medal to: Garrison Sergeant Major Joseph Thomas Mayor Entitled to: Crimea Medal, clasp Sebastopol, to: Unnamed as issued Turkish Crimea Medal, to: Unnamed as issued Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Victorian), to: Garrison Sergeant Major J.T. Mayor, Staff of the Army File: Born Southampton, Hampshire - 23 January 1830 LS & GC Medal recommended by the G.O.C. Cape of Good Hope on 24 November 1875 Admiralty papers (3 pages) ADM.139/51 National Archives papers (4 pages) WO.97 Served: Royal Navy 17 November 1853 to 8 October 1857 HMS Diamond Naval Brigade in the Crimea 86th (Royal County Down) Regiment of Foot 31 March 1858 to 27 July 1873 Gibraltar 1865 - 1867 Mauritius 1867 - 1868 South Africa 1868 - 1873 As Colour Sergeant (twice) As Paymaster Sergeant (three times) Staff of the Army Garrison Sergeant Major as No 5939 28 July 1873 to 6 July 1875 at Cape Town Retired in South Africa to reside at Queenstown, Cape Colony