An Indian Mutiny Medal to Private J. Taylor, 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) who was wounded at Cawnpore on 27th November 1857.
An Indian Mutiny Medal, clasp: Central India, awarded to Private John Taylor, 88th Regiment of Foot – Connaught Rangers, who having taken part in the Crimean War at the Battle of Alma, the Battle of Inkermann, and the siege of Sebastopol, was then slightly wounded in action by shell splinters at Cawnpore on 27th November 1857, before taking part in the operations of the Central India Field Force between January to June 1858.
Indian Mutiny Medal, clasp: Central India; (JOHN TAYLOR, 88TH REGT.)
John Taylor was born in Weedon, Northamptonshire, and having worked as a labourer, then attested for service with the British Army when aged 18 at County Mayo in Ireland on 6th May 1846, joining as a Private (No.2076) the 88th Regiment of Foot – Connaught Rangers.
Taylor went on to serve for 21 years and 148 days with the Colours, of which 11 years and 8 months were spent overseas, with 2 years in Turkey and the Crimea, and 9 years and 8 months in India.
Taylor was promoted to Corporal on 25th August 1853, and to Sergeant on 1st July 1854, and saw service in the Crimea during the Crimean War, being present in action at the Battle of Alma on 20th September 1854, the Battle of Inkermann on 5th November 1854, and during the siege of Sebastopol which lasted from 11th September 1854 through to 9th September 1855.
Whilst in India, on 18th June 1857 he was tried and reduced to the ranks, and then took part in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny, being slightly wounded in action at Cawnpore on 27th November 1857, receiving shell splinter wounds to the right of the groin. Having taken part in the operations of the General Sir Hugh Rose’s Central India Field Force in the period from January to June 1858, Taylor was once again promoted to Corporal on 14th January 1859, and to Sergeant again on 28th September 1859, but was then tried and reduced to Private again on 22nd November 1862.
Promoted to Corporal again on 21st October 1854, he was tried and reduced again to Private on 4th December 1865, and remained in the service till he was discharged on 12th November 1867.