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Sardinian Medal for Valour, Crimean War 1854-1856
This medal was awarded to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel George Frederick Stevenson Call. It is one of 17 campaign medals awarded to members of the Call family, now in the museum collection. The medals date from the Peninsular War (1807-1814) to the Great War (1914-1918). The Call family served with the Royal Irish Regiment, which until 1881 was known as the 18th Regiment of Foot. It was also known as the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot and the 18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot. The regiment was disbanded in 1922. King Victor Emmanuel II instituted the Sardinian Medal for Valour at the end of the Crimean War. It was to be presented to British officers and men of the Royal Navy and Army who had served with gallantry and distinction. 450 of these medals were issued to British soldiers. Known variously as the Sardinian Crimea medal and the Al Valore Militare, the medal is one of many honours and awards of the Crimean War period. On the obverse, the circular silver medal bears the arms of Savoy within a wreath of palm and laurel tied with a bow and the crown of Sardinia above, surrounded by the legend AL VALORE MILITARE (for military valour). The reverse bears a laurel wreath surrounded by the inscription SPEDIZIONE D'ORIENTE 1855 1856'. The recipient's rank, name and regiment are inscribed in the centre. TRURI : 1931.40.49
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