CRIMEA WAR MEDAL 1854

Awarded for service in the Crimea between 1854 & 1856

NAMED TO: Private William Horsefall 34th Regt. of Foot (Cumberland).
CLASPS:  Sebastopol.

NAME:  WILLIAM HORSEFALL.
BORN:  Around Mar 1819 at Marsden, nr Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
ENTERED SERVICE:  20 May 1841
PROMOTIONS:  None

SERVICE HISTORY:

20 May 1841 : Enlists at Manchester (Regt No. 1859). He is described as Aged 22, 5ft 7.5 in tall and a Labourer by trade.. He is
paid £3-5s for enlisting.
28 May 1841 : Begins journey to the Depot of the 34th Foot at Dover Castle.
03 Jun 1841 : Arrives at Depot. The 34th Foot was at this time in Canada.
25 - 28 Jul 1841 : On march between Dover & Hailsham.
29 Jul - 03 Aug 1841 : On march between Hailsham & Forton Barracks, Gosport (142 men, 136 miles total).
03 Aug 1841 : Depot merges with Regiment who returned to England on 22 July (Aboard the 'Cornwall', landing at Gosport).
Sep 1841 : 2 days in Hospital. Regiment now listed at Portsmouth.
Jun 1842  : On Duty at Muster.
Aug - 15 Nov 1842  : On detachment at Weedon, a village west of Northampton, the HQ element was at Northampton and other
detachments at Burslum, Hanley, Bilston & Coventry. This move from Portsmouth was in response to expected disturbances in
the manufacturing districts, which in the end did not materialize.
16 Nov - 13 Dec 1842  : On furlough.
14 Dec 1842 - Oct 1843  : On detachment at Weedon. During this period he makes a return trip to Warwick between  the 16 - 17
Sep 1843. On 04 Aug the entire Regiment is collected at Weedon for the move ahead.
06 Oct 1843 : Travels from Weedon to Liverpool where he boards a ship to Dublin.
Oct 1843  : Unit is complete in Dublin.
Apr - Jun 1844  : 7 days in Hospital.
22 - 27 July 1844  : 6 days on the march with his Company (3rd). They march between Dublin and Athlone where the Unit is
reformed.
Oct 1844  : 10 days in Hospital.
18 Feb 1845  : Marches 12 miles from Athlone to Shannonbridge with the 3rd Company.
09 - 10 Jun 1845  : Marches 32 miles from Athlone to Strokestown with his Company.
Jul - Aug 1845  : The Company marches for 24 Days (no destination given). Horsefall in Hospital for 18 days.
07 - 08 Aug 1845  : Company marches back to Athlone (61 Soldiers).
08 - 12 Aug 1845  : Horsefall makes a trip to Mullingar and back on his own (69 miles).
20 - 30 Sep 1845  : Horsefall & 126 other men march from Athlone to Fermoy (113 miles). This is the Regiment's new station.
17 Oct 1845  : Horsefall & 182 other men march from Fermoy to Cork (22 miles).
27 Oct 1845  : Embarks on board ship at Cork.
24 Nov 1845  : Disembarks at Corfu (now Kerkira, an Island on the West coast of Greece).
Jan 1846  : On duty at muster.
Feb - Mar 1846  : Majority of Regt. (excluding Horsefall) on detachment at Vido. Vido is an island Citadel between Greece and
Corfu, now known as Vidho.
Jul 1846  : On detachment at Vido, he also spends 3 days in Hospital.
Jan - Mar 1847  : 10 days in Hospital.
Aug - Sep 1847  : On detachment with the 6th Company at Vido, the 34th Foot has 6 Companies at this time.
Oct - Dec 1847  : 3 days in Hospital.
08 Mar 1848  : Embarks on board H.M. ship 'Bellerophon'.
02 Apr 1848  : Disembarks at Gibraltar.
Apr - Sep 1848  : 2 days in Hospital upto July, then 9 days up to Sep.
17 - 20 Feb 1849  : 4 days spent on board ship, no destination given as Unit disembarks at Gibraltar.
17 - 23 Apr 1849  : In Barrack room cells.
Jul - Sep 1849  : Hospital for 25 days.
Oct - Nov 1849  : Hospital for 5 days.
Dec 1849 : Detached.
31 Dec 1849  : Granted 1d/day Good Conduct Pay.
Jan - Feb 1850  : Detached.
27 Mar 1850  : Embarks on board H.M. freight ship 'Bombay'.
28 Mar 1850  : 1985 Pte. Francis Bridges commits suicide.
23 Apr 1850  : Disembarks at Barbados.
21 May 1850  : Deprived of Good Conduct Pay, no reason stated.
Jul - Sep 1850  : 15 days in Hospital.
Feb 1851  : 3 days in Hospital.
22 Mar 1851  : Horsefall and his Company (G Company) board the Transport Ship 'Chatham'.
27 Mar 1851  : Disembarks at Grenada. The remainder of the Unit is stationed at St. Vincent, Demerara, Tobago & San Sebastian
with the HQ at Barbados.
30 Sep - 05 Oct 1851  : In Prison.
22 Jan 1852  : Listed as being Absent.
23 - 29 Jan 1852  : In Prison.
29 Jan 1852  : Convicted & Sentenced to 28 days and loss of 1d/day for 1 year.
25 Feb 1852  : Released from Prison.
27 - 31 May & 07 - 13 Jun 1852  : In Prison.
Jun 1852  : G Company (then under command of Capt. John Shiffner who later died in the Crimea) returns to Barbados aboard
the Transport Ship 'Edward'.
Aug - Sep 1852  : 49 days in Hospital.
Oct 1852 - Apr 1853  : Entire 7 months in Hospital.
12 May 1853  : Embarks on H.M. Ship 'Logress', later transfers to H.M. Ship 'Simoon'.
10 Jun 1853  : Disembarks at Portsmouth and marches to Chichester.
Jul - Sep 1853  : 10 days in Hospital.
Oct 1853  : Unit moved to Preston.
Feb 1854  : Horsefall at Leeds.
Apr 1854  : Unit at Sheffield.
09 - 11 May 1854  : Unit moves to Portsmouth.
31 May 1854 : Horsefall is at Tipner, a village 2 miles North of Portsmouth
Jul 1854  : 17 days in Hospital, Horsefall is then sent to the Depot at Leeds.
Aug 1854  : 23 days in Hospital, the remainder of the 34th Foot left for the Crimea on the 22 Aug 1854 on board the Steamer
'Mauritius' and passed through Constantinople on 1 Dec. They arrived at Balaklava on the 09 Dec 1854.
Sep - 28 Dec 1854  : Horsefall marches/ is conveyed from Leeds to Portsmouth and then Plymouth. He is listed as Absent from
the 4 - 5 Oct and then leaves England on the 29 Dec.
24 Jan 1855  : Horsefall is back with the 34th Foot at Sebastopol, they had already suffered casualties after being attacked on the
night of the 20 Dec.
Jan 1855  : The 34th is part of the Right Attack (2nd Brigade, Light Division) around Sebastopol.
22 - 23 Mar 1855  : The 34th Foot are attacked on the night of the 22nd and forced from their positions. The positions are
retaken with help from the 7th Foot. Casualties are 1 Officer and 3 men killed, 2 Missing. 28 other men die of disease or wounds
between 01 Jan and 31 Mar 1855.
Apr 1855  : Horsefall is listed as a Hospital Orderly and granted free rations from 05 May. He spends the rest of the War in this
role.
Apr - May 1855  : 34th Foot loose 25 men KIA, Died or DOW.
07 Jun 1855  : 34th Foot, with the 2nd Bn. 1st Foot, 7th Fus., 41st, 47th, 49th , 55th, 62nd, 72nd and 88th Foot, attack and
take the Quarries. Casualties are 1 Officer and 15 men killed, many more wounded.
18 Jun 1855  : 34th involved in the unsuccessful storming of the Redan (storming party was 200 men of the 34th, 200 of the
23rd), casualties are at least 4 Officers and 43 men killed with another 51 men dying of disease or wounds during the month of
June.

Jul - Sep 1855  : Constant action at the trenches leads to another 16 KIA and 34 died, 7 were killed at the final storming of
Sebastopol on 08 Sep 1855.
Oct - Dec 1855  : 4 more deaths including one from an explosion of the French artillery park on 15 Nov.
Jan - Mar 1856  : 2 more deaths.
15 Jun 1856  : Boards ship ('Prince Arthur' or ' Akbar') at Balaklava. Being a Hospital Orderly, Horsefall is on free rations until 14
Jun.
11 Jul 1856  : Disembarks at Portsmouth, the unit then marches to Aldershot (61 miles).
21 - 23 Jul 1856  : Unit moves to Glasgow, a distance of 425 miles.
22 Aug 1856  : Unit moves to Edinburgh.
09 - 11 Sep 1856  : Horsefall is listed as absent.
06 Oct 1856  : 1d/day Good Conduct Pay restored.
30 Nov 1856  : Good Conduct pay revoked, no reason given.
16 Jan 1857  : Discharged for free at Edinburgh. He had served 15 years and 207 days (accountable service, 40 days were
deducted), his conduct was described as 'Good'. In the next 3 months there are many discharges and 30 men deserted before
the 34th went to India.

Location.        Dates.                Total time.
Home        20 May 1841 - 05 Oct 1843        2 years 139 days
Ireland        06 Oct 1843 - 27 Oct 1845        2 years 21 days
At Sea        28 Oct 1845 - 23 Nov 1845        26 days
Corfu        24 Nov 1845 - 07 Mar 1848        2 years 104 days
At Sea         08 Mar 1848 - 02 Apr 1848        25 days
Gibraltar        03 Apr 1848 - 27 Mar 1850        1 year 359 days
At Sea        28 Mar 1850 - 23 Apr 1850        26 days
West Indies    24 Apr 1850 - 12 May 1853        3 years 19 days
At Sea        13 May 1853 - 09 Jun 1853        28 days
Home        10 Jun 1853 - 28 Dec 1854        1 year 202 days
At Sea         29 Dec 1854 - 23 Jan 1855        26 days
Crimea        24 Jan 1855 - 15 Jun 1856            1 year 152 days
At Sea        16 Jun 1856 - 10 Jul 1856            25 days
Home        11 Jul 1856 - 16 Jan 1857            190 days        
          
          Total Service    15 years 247 days.  

REMARKS:

From the IGI (Yorkshire):
James Horsefall married Mary Thorp at Huddersfield St. Peter on 29 May 1809.
They then had at least 4 children who are as follows:
William    Christened at Marsden        05 Jun 1814 - Obviously this William was dead before 1819.
Hannah                "             17 Aug 1817
William                "              07 Mar 1819
Abraham              "            13 Mar 1821.
William Horsefall - 34th Foot - Served 1841 to 1857