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2909 Pte. James Spinks of the 57th Regiment (The Die-Hards) landed in the Crimea at the Katcha River in late September, 1854. The 57th Regiment joined the 4th Division under Major-General Sir George Cathcart. Pte. Spinks was present with his Regiment at Inkermann during the famous Russian sortie from Sebstopol, but did not gain this battle clasp as he was in the trenches under Colonel Powel at the time.
However, Pte. Spinks was to take part in the ill-fated attack on the Redan on the 18th June 1855. The storming party for the assault on the right flank consisted of 400 men of the 57th Regiment under Lieutenant-Colonel Shadworth. During this repulsed attack the 57th Regiment casualties amounted to 23 officers and men killed and 93 wounded. Pte. James Spinks was classed as severely wounded on the 18th June and was later invalided out of the regiment.
The medal is sold with a copy of the casualty roll for the Crimea.
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