CRIMEA WAR MEDAL 1854

Awarded for service in the Crimea between 1854 & 1856

NAMED TO:  1104 Corporal Henry Limming Royal Sappers and Miners.
CLASPS:  Alma, Inkermann (Possibly entitled to Sebastopol also)

NAME:  HENRY LIMMING.
BORN: Dec 1826 at Buriton, nr Petersfield, Hampshire (Christened 31 Dec 1826).
ENTERED SERVICE: 29 Jan 1846.
PROMOTIONS:      2nd Corporal : 11 Apr 1849
  Corporal : 13 Apr 1853
  Sergeant : 01 Oct 1855
TRADE: Carpenter
DIED:  12 Nov 1855 at Woolwich Hospital, Woolwich Arsenal, aged 28 of  Erysipelas (7 Days)

SERVICE HISTORY:

29 Jan 1846 - Enlisted at Woolwich on 29 Jan 1846 aged 19. Joined the Woolwich Detachment of Royal Sappers and Miners.
01 Apr 1846 - Transferred from Woolwich Detachment to 12th Company (also at Woolwich).
Apr - May 1846  Listed on Muster as being in Hospital.  
Jul 1846 - 12th Company move to Chatham.
20 Dec 1846 - 16 Jan 1847  On Furlough.
Mar 1847 - 12th Company moves back to Woolwich (Brampton Bks.?).
17 Jul - 25 Jul 1847  On Furlough.
Nov 1847 - In Hospital.
Jun- Jul 1848 - Listed as being 'In Hospital', also on Furlough 10- 21 June.
26 Sep 1848 - Embarked aboard ' Princess Royal Transport ' bound for Gibraltar.
30 Sep 1848 - Disembarked at Gibraltar.
Jan 1849 - 7 Days in Hospital.
11 April 1849 - Transferred from 12th Company to 2nd Company and promoted to 2nd Corporal.
May, Aug & Sep 1849 - Listed as being on 'Duty' at time of muster.
01 May 1850 - Transferred from 2nd Company to 8th Company.
Aug 1850 - Listed as being on 'Duty'.
Apr 1851 - 6d/day Good Conduct pay provisionally issued.
May 1851- 6d /day Good Conduct pay Confirmed.
Oct 1851 - Sent sum of  £5-0-0 to Father.
Mar 1852 - Listed as being on 'Duty'.
Jun 1852 - Listed as being on 'Duty'.
Nov 1852 - Sent sum of £1-10-0 to Father.
13 Apr 1853 - Promoted Corporal.
Oct 1853 - Listed as being on 'Duty'.
Jan 1854 - Listed as being on 'Duty'.
Mar 1854 - Sent sum of £11-0-0 to Father.        
29 Apr 1854 - Embarked at Gibraltar aboard steamer 'Albatross'.
09 May 1854 - Disembarked At Constantinople. The Unit was accommodated at Scutari Barracks and put to work on strengthening
the wooden horse boxes for the Cavalry.
09 Jun 1854 - Embarked at Scutari (East Bank of Constantinople) on board steamer ' Golden Fleece'.
09 Jun 1854 - Disembarked At Varna (Now part of Bulgaria).
Jul 1854 - On Command of 2nd Division near Aladyn. (8th Coy. at Varna). A bridge was at this time built by the RS&M over a
channel joining the lakes of Aladyn & Derno ('Times' report of 29 Jun 1854).
Aug 1854 -   On Command of 2nd Division at Tuhlekova. The 4 Companies of RS&M were divided between the 4 Divisions (1 Div:
11 Coy  Capt Hassard,  2 Div: 8 Coy Capt Bourchier, 3 Div: 7 Coy Capt Gibb, 4 Div: 10 Coy Capt Bent).
01 Sep 1854 - Embarked at Varna on board  the 'Rip-Van-Winkel'.
14 - 16 Sep 1854 - Majority of Army disembarks at Kalamita Bay.
*21 Sep 1854 - Disembarked ' in the Crimea'.
Oct 1854 - Before Sebastopol. The 4th, 8th and 10th Companies were put on the 'Right Attack' where they constructed the
trench, emplacement and gun positions.
14 Nov 1854 - Storm at Balaklava sinks many British ships including the 'Rip-Van-Winkel' on board which was the majority of the
personal kit & spare clothing of the 8th Coy.
Dec 1854 - Listed as being at Scutari.
06 May 1855 - Embarked  'Lord Raglan' (No.89 Sailing Transport) at Scutari bound for England (Listed as being Transferred to
12th Company, then in Gibraltar).
04 Jul 1855 - Disembarked at Portsmouth (Attached to Woolwich Detachment).
12 Jul 1855 - On Furlough until 31 Aug 1855.
Sep 1855 - Listed as being  'Sick'.
01 Oct 1855 - Promoted to Sgt. and transferred to 26th Company, Woolwich.
12 Nov 1855 - Died at Woolwich.

REMARKS:
Bought Clasp Knife from effects of Pte. George Butler on 4th Oct 1854, at Sebastopol for 2/7d.

* Battle of Alma was the 20th Sep 1854, therefore Limming was not at the actual battle.

From the IGI (Hampshire) :

Henry Limming married Frances Young  at Buriton on 29 Apr 1811.
Henry Limming married Ann Banks at Portsea St. Marys on 20 Nov 1824.
The following Children of Henry/Ann(e) were christened at Buriton:
Lewis        29 May 1825. (Married Ann Simms at St. Marys Portsea on 18 Oct 1852).
Henry         31 Dec 1826. (C136601/1819), Father listed as Carpenter, Christened by B.Poulten.
Eli          21 Sep 1828.
John         17 Oct 1830. There is a mention of a John Limming with the RS&M in the Crimea, this may be the same person.
Ann(e)         06 Jan 1833.
Charlotte        13 Sep 1835.
Jane         01 Apr 1838.
Frederick        07 Jun 1840.
Rosanna(h)    03 Sep 1843. (Married Frederick Welch in Buriton on 30 Aug 1868).
Frederic(k)       22 Aug 1845.

From the 1851 Census (Hampshire Bundle 127) Living in Buriton are the following Limming's:

Henry     66    Born Buriton
Ann     47    Born Chalton in Hampshire
John     20    Born Buriton
Ann     18    "
Jane     13    "
Rosanna     9       "
Frederick   5    "

From the 1881 Census (Hampshire 1160/135/23) the following Limming's are mentioned at Portsea St. Marys:

Lewis    55    Naval Pensioner        Born Buriton.
Ann    44    Wife            Born Radford in Oxfordshire.
Jessie    11    Scholar            Born Landport in Hampshire.
Esther    9    Scholar            Born Fratton      "        "
Lewis    8    Scholar            Born Fratton.
Edith    5    -            Born Southsea
Frank    1    -            Born Southsea.

PRO Sources: WO100/23- Medal Roll (Crimea) , WO11/106-133 Muster Rolls.
Henry Limming - Royal Sappers & Miners - Served 1846 to 1855