Punjab Medal to Ensign T.C. Merrick, 3rd Bengal Native Infantry, who was several times Mentioned in Despatches for his work in construction.
Punjab Medal, no clasp (ENSIGN T.C. MERRICK, 3RD BENGAL N.I.)
Colonel Thomas Charlton Merrick, 3rd Bengal Native Infantry. Born 4th September 1822 at Blathwick, Somerset. The son of Thomas Merrick an Officer in the British Army. In 1842 he was recommended for Cadetship by Sir George Best Robinson and was commissioned an Ensign on 10th December 1842. He travelled out to India aboard the Justine and landed at Calcutta April 1843, and was promoted to Lieutenant in January 1850, granted the Brevet Captain on 10th December 1857 and was advanced to that rank in February 1858. As an Ensign in the 3rd Bengal Native Infantry he served in the Second Sikh War under Brigadier Wheeler and was present at the assault on the heights of Dullah. He spent the remainder of his career supervising the construction of Irrigation and Canals – several times being mentioned in despatches for his excellent work. Finally promoted to Colonel (Superintending Engineer 1st Class) Retired 6th November 1871, died in Ireland in 1891 at the age of 68. Ex Fred Rockwood Collection, DNW 2014. With research.