Pre WW1 Single Medals
Unique 1847 Dated M.S.M to 20th Foot to Sgt Major Padfield
Sergeant Major Francis Padfield,
20th Regiment of Foot, The Lancashire Fusiliers.
Latterly Colonel Retired.
The outstanding and unique dated Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Francis Padfield, this being the first and only dated M.S.M. awarded to the 20th Regiment and one of only 110 dated awards in total and thus exceedingly rare to the market.
This medal is being sold on behalf of the recipients descendants.
Naming on the medal is as follows
SERJT. MAJ. FRANCIS PADFIELD. 20TH REGT. 1847.
It is mounted on and original piece of ribbon with silver top brooch for wearing.
A unique and historically important award to the 20th Regiment of Foot, The Lancashire Fusiliers.
Born 15th March 1812, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Married Alice Tarrant, 12th September 1841.
Son born 8th June 1842 named Francis James.
Died as Retired Colonel 16th April 1868 in St Helier, Island of Jersey.
Francis enlisted into the Coldstream Guards in 1831 being promoted to Corporal in 1833.
Transferred to the 20th Regiment 1837 as Corporal but promoted to Sergeant within the week.
Promoted to Colour Sergeant1838.
Promoted Sergeant Major 1841.
Promoted Ensign 1848 in the Reserve Battalion. A rare transition from the ranks without purchase.
He became Adjutant of the Reserve Battalion in 1848. On the consolidation of the Battalions in 1850 he was also shown as Adjutant of the Regiment.
Promoted Lieutenant 1854.
Promoted Captain 1855.
Died as Colonel Retired 1868.
Francis served during the Crimean War 1854-56 for which he received the Crimea Medal with clasps for Alma, Inkerman, Balaklava and Sebastopol.
He was wounded at the Battle of Inkerman where his horse was shot from under him.
He was also severely wounded at the Storming of the Quarries Action 8th June 1855, being the only Man of his Regiment wounded on this day. The wound resulted in Francis returning to England on 3rd July 1855. This wound ultimately led to his retirement from active duties and placed on the reserve list.
During the Crimea War Francis saved the life of a young officer of the Royal Engineers from a falling gateway before Sebastopol, the officer presented Francis with a gold ring and said the deed should be mentioned to his senior officers. This young Engineers officer went on to become Major General Gordon of Khartoum. Sadly the ring was lost during house renovations by the current custodian of the M.S.M.
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