A Military General Service Medal to the 29th Foot
(A. TOWNSEND,29TH FOOT) Naming is officially impressed. Original suspension bar and clasps missing, medal has been holed and a hook suspension with bar attached to it, bar engraved, TALAVERA 1809, ALBUHERA 1811. The hook has snapped near the bar and been repaired with clear epoxy. Near Very Fine. Footnote: Alexander Townsend is confirmed on the roll for the Talavera and Albuhera clasps. He was born in Kenalley, Fermanagh, Ulster and he was a Shale Smith before joining the army. He was discharged from the regiment on 19th September 1816 at age 24, after serving 5years and 2 months with a small pension. By 1831 the number of Chelsea pensioners had so increased that the British Government, realizing the drain on Treasury funds, offered veterans who would give up their pensions a cash lump sum and an opportunity to settle in the colonies. Townsend took advantage of this and records show that he went to Perth in Canada 16 May 1844. Lot comes with a research file.