William Armstrong
Crimea 1854-56, 1 clasp, Sebastopol, unnamed as issued, with clasp loose on ribbon; Indian Mutiny 1857-59,
1 clasp, Central India (72nd Highlanders); Army L.S. & G.C., V.R., small letter reverse (1767, 72nd Foot);
Turkish Crimea, Sardinian issue (No. 1767, 72 Highlanders) this fitted with claw and swivel scroll suspension
William Armstrong was born in Whithorn, Wigtownshire in 1822. He
attested with the 72nd on July 29th 1843, gave his trade at the time as
labourer. He served for more than 21 years including more than 18 years
abroad, finally being discharged in November 1864. At the time of his
discharge, he was in possession of the LSGC medal with the Private's
gratuity of £5.

His first posting was in Ireland and he later served abroad in a variety of
places ranging from Barbados and Trinidad to Eastern Canada before
another stretch at home and then war in the Crimea. Life in the Crimea took
its toll on the regiment, although only 12 men were killed or died of wounds,
another 90 men died from Cholera or other diseases.

While serving in India, he was part of the detachment under Lieutenant
Vesey, consisting of 100 men of the light and No.4 Companies, who had
been mounted on camels, and attached to a column of Light and Irregular
cavalry returned to quarters (at Mhow), having been under canvas in the
Field for almost 17 months, and marched over 3000 miles. A more extensive
description of their exploits is
here.

667 men of the 72nd Highlanders earned the Indian Mutiny medal, All but
10 of them received the medal with the clasp for "Central India" Approx.
7,300 medals with the "Central India" clasp were issued to British troops.

Provenance:
DNW Sept. 2002
FJP March 2013
William Noble, Alexander Dawson and John
Harper in a picture taken in 1856 by Joseph
Cundell, as part of a series entitled "Crimean
Heroes" . All three earned Mutiny medals and
both Dawson and Harper were part of the Camel
Corp in the Indian Mutiny with Armstrong.
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