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Legion of Honour to British recipients for Crimea

Mark Brewer

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Hi, I'm currently researching New Zealand connections with the French Legion d'Honneur. This includes a number of Crimea veterans who subsequently settled or served in New Zealand.

In order to achieve this I am trying to obtain a complete list of recipients. Aled L Jones from the Topica medal email list has been fantastic in providing two of the three lists. These were printed in the Times News Paper and so available from the Times digital archive. These are:

List number one: Printed in the Times 17 July 1856 page 9, as a reprint of the list produced in the 'Le Moniteur' of 16 July 1856.

List number three: Printed in the Times 2 May 1857 page 10, as reprint of the list produced i n the 'Le Moniteur' of 22 April 1857, and supplement to the London Gazette of 1 May 1857.

If possible, I'm hoping that someone would help me obtain a copy of the second list that was printed in the 'Le Moniteur' of 19 July 1856. It is likely that this was reprinted in the Sunday Times of 20 July 1856 (the reason why it is unavailable from the Times digital archive).

Can anyone help me obtain a copy of this list from either the London Gazette, Le Moniteur or Sunday Times or is there a full Crimea Legion of Honour list available in printed format or electronically that I can purchase?

If anyone is interested I can list those recipients that I have so far found to have either served or settled in New Zealand.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Mark Brewer

New Zealand

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I have, some years ago, made searches in the ''Moniteur Universel'' about the decorations awarded at the occasion of the Crimea war.

I have only noticed these three references concerning the British recipients of French decorations :

1 - Imperial decree of June 16th 1856 published in the Moniteur, July 16th 1856, (two pages with the L?gion d'honneur) ;

2 - Imperial decree of August 16th 1856, published August 24th 1856, with the M?daille Militaire, (one page) ;

3 - Imperial decree of April 3rd 1857, published April 22nd 1857, with the L?gion d'honneur, (about 100 awarded).

Nothing, after my knowledge, about a publication July 19th 1856.



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Brilliant, thanks for the help. I have a guy who is apparently a known recipient from Crimea, but he doesn't appear on the two lists I have. Therefore my search for a third list, if it exists. I will check the index for the ORMS journal.

How easy is it to research foreign recipients of the award using French resources?

Thanks again, Mark.

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Hi, thanks for everyones help on this one. I now have both London Gazette entries will the full list of names. I have this in alphabetical order as well if anyone wants a look up. Mark.

Appendix 8 and 9 in Spink's British Battles and Medals has a list of all British recipients of all foreign (ie non British ) awards in the Crimea war (including grade). If you haven't got one yet and are even vaguely interested in British Campaign medals you ought to get one.


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