Pair to J.Butterfield, Ambulance Corps,
Lot 204
Pair to J.Butterfield, Ambulance Corps,
Sold for £936 (US$ 1,571) inc. premium
Lot Details
Pair to J.Butterfield, Ambulance Corps,
Crimea 1854-56, two bars, Inkermann, Sebastopol, officially impressed (J.Butterfield. Ambulance Corps.); Turkish Crimea, Sardinian issue, fitted with replacement straight bar suspension. Very fine or better. (2)


  • Private Jonas Butterfield took part in the battle of Inkermann and siege of Sebastopol. He was invalided to Scutari where he died in the hospital on the 17th March 1855.

    The Ambulance Corps, which only operated for 12 twelve months, was formed in 1854 and obtained its members from Army Pensioners who were unfit for combattant duties. The C.O. was a Captain and had an Adjutant/Quartermaster as his assistant. The unit sent to the Crimea consisted of four Officers and two hundred other ranks; it embarked from Woolwich, Kent, on 10th June 1854 and landed at Varna in July.

    W.H. Russell of 'The Times' stated that the Ambulance Corps was quite unfit for the work required of it, but that 'Captain Grant, the head of the Ambulance Corps, was a most excellent, intelligent, and active officer, but had no materials to work with'.

    The Ambulance Corps was incorporated into the Land Transport Crops on 21st July 1855. A Medical Staff Corps was formed, for hospital duties, on 11th June 1855. Both the L.T.C. and M.S.C. were disbanded c.1856.

    The lot comes with copy of the medal roll showing relevant entry.
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