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Crimean War Turkish Contingent

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Re: Crimean War Turkish Contingent

Posted: 8 Apr 2013 5:06PM GMT
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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.

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dianejar 1 Nov 2012 7:55AM GMT 
MikeTheilmann 8 Apr 2013 11:06PM GMT 
dianejar 9 Apr 2013 2:12PM GMT 
MikeTheilmann 9 Apr 2013 5:44PM GMT 
dianejar 9 Apr 2013 6:12PM GMT 
MikeTheilmann 10 Apr 2013 2:06PM GMT 
mjrhoude 22 May 2013 2:32AM GMT 
MikeTheilmann 22 May 2013 4:50PM GMT 
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dianejar 23 May 2013 12:10AM GMT 
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