Hi Diane. A somewhat belated reply to your question but just found this website. My g-g-g grandfather Duncan Macpherson MD was Inspector General of Hospitals to the Turkish Contingent. I also have his Crimean War medals and have done a little research and so am able, I think, to answer your question. As I understand it, the officers of the Contingent were Indian Army and not Queens Officers and therefore were considered ineligible for the British Crimean War medal. The Sultan prepared a Crimean War medal for these officers in three versions--British, French and Italian (as the Kingdom of Sardinia had troops in the war). The ship carrying the English medals sank and the Indian Army soldiers had to choose between the French and Italian versions of the medal (my ancestor had the Italian). He also received the Order of Medjidie (may have spelt that wrong) from the Sultan. I have also read that this denial of the UK medal to Indian Army officers caused a lot of bitterness. Hope this is helpful.