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№ 120


16 October 1996

Hammer Price:

Crimea 1854-55, 2 clasps, Inkermann, Sebastopol (John Borlace, Boatsn. 3 C.) officially impressed naming, nearly very fine

This lot was sold as part of a special collection, The Douglas-Morris Collection of Naval Medals.

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John Borlace was born in 1819 and joined the service as an A.B. aboard H.M.S. HOWE in November 1840. He was mentioned in despatches by Captain Henry Keppel, Commanding the Naval Brigade, as one of those ‘..who have particularly distinguished themselves by their gallant conduct during the siege of Sebastopol.’ The list, compiled by Keppel, and forwarded by Rear Admiral Lyons to the Admiralty in September 1855, contained the names of 68 seamen and one Sergeant of Marines.