A Crimea Medal. The silver medal features a young head profile of Queen Victoria on the obverse. " VICTORIA REGINA 1854" is embossed around the profile. The reverse features a winged Victory figure crowning a Roman soldier who is armed with a short sword and carrying a shield. " CRIMEA " is embossed to the side of this scene. " No. 3188 Thomas Bishop 57th Regt. " is marked on the edge of the medal. The medal is attached to a pale blue ribbon with yellow edges by a decorative scrolled suspension bar. " SEBASTOPOL " " INKERMANN " and " BALAKLAVA " are embossed on the ornate oak leaf clasps mounted on the ribbon. The medal is mounted with the reverse showing as part of a group of four.
A veteran of the 57th Regiment, Bishop served in the Crimean War and the Taranaki Wars and served in the Taranaki Bush Rangers and at Pukearuhe. He later lived in Urenui. A brief death notice and obituary for him was published in the Taranaki Herald on 25 April 1895 p.2 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=TH18950425.2.20&srpos=1&e=--1895-----10--1----0Thomas+Bishop+urenui--
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