Thank you for your response regarding the medals issued to the Turkish Contingent. Since I posted the query, I have received from another source the information about these men receiving only the Turkish medal - and the fact that many English versions of the medal were lost at sea. It wasn't just the Turkish Contingent that had to accept the Sardian version - many of the other British Army men got stuck with it too! I do have the medal rolls for the Turkish Contingent and often wondered about its role in the War. Very recently (January 2013), the Crimean War Research Society's journal (The War Correspondent) contained an article about James Henry Skene, a British Consul whose wartime career included an association with the Bashi Bazouks and the Turkish Contingent. I learned from the article that the operations of the Turkish Contingent were fraught with politics between the Foreign Office and the War Office. Try to acquire a copy of it as you will find it interesting reading.
Thank you again for contacting me via the List about this matter. Strangely enough, I have just returned home from speaking about the Crimean War at a Military Seminar at our Western Australian Army Museum.