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    Bonjour,
    j'ai une medaille "victoria regina medal south africa 1853"
    il est inscrit :
    J. Poole, 2nd 60th rifles
    comment puis-je savoir à qui elle a été décernée ?
    je vous remercie pour toute aide que vous m'apporterez
    Regards from France
    Muriel

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    Translation courtesy of moi et monsieur google:

    Hello,
    I have a medal "victoria regina medal south africa 1853".
    It is inscribed:
    J. Poole, 2nd 60th rifles
    How do I know who it was awarded to?
    Thank you for any help you give me.
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    Hi

    This is the medal - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_Medal_(1853)
    And the regiment - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King%2...al_Rifle_Corps
    So, he was in the 2nd Battalion 60th Regiment of Foot.
    Can't see him in any medal rolls on Ancestry, but their indexing is poor.
    You may have a hard time identifying him.

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    Thank you for that answer.
    My ancestor, Thomas married in France in 1853 and lived there until his death in 1877
    I don’t even know if he was French in 1877.
    Anyway, the "J." can’t be him.
    Could this medal, which is therefore in France, have been offered to his father, John Poole (1791-1861), who remained in Great Britain until his death?
    I don’t know about the British wars, I don’t know how old a man could be to go to war.
    Can this medal be that of John, his older brother, born on 16/12/1821 of John Poole and Harriet Wilson?
    Would he have been old enough to fight the war for which this medal was awarded?
    Can you help me answer these questions, you who know the British wars and how the British army works
    Any help will be welcome
    Regards
    Muriel

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    Muriel, This medal was awarded in respect of three campaigns in Southern Africa 1834-1835, 1846-1847 and 1850-1853. No campaign clasps were issued and it is impossible to tell when and where the recipient served without reference to the medal rolls. The majority of recipients were British soldiers and several hundred were issued to sailors in the Royal Navy.

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    The 60th Regiment was The Kings Royal Rife Corps which is part of the light infantry. They were awarded a battle honour "South Africa 1851-53 South Africa/Gaikas". They were not present at the 1835 and 1856 campaigns.
    The Kings Royal Rifle Corps were redesignated the 2nd Battalion Green Jackets in 1958.

    Vossy

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