India General Service Medal 1854, clasp Pegu to Pierce Dalton, 18th Royal Irish Regiment.
India General Service Medal 1854, clasp Pegu to Pierce Dalton, 18th Royal Irish Regiment. (PIERCE DALTON. 18TH: ROYAL IRISH REGT.). Pierce Dalton was born in Middleton, Lancashire, and having worked as a labourer, was then recruited for the British Army in Cork on 26th January 1849, and joined as a Private the 18th The Royal Irish Regiment of Foot. Dalton then saw service out in India and then Burma during the Second Burmese War in the Pegu Campaign which began on 28th March 1852. The 18th Foot took part in the assault on Martaban on 5th April 1852, and the operations leading to the capture of Rangoon from 11th to 14th April 1852, and also various minor operations and expeditions, including those directed against Meat Toon, which were of a very arduous nature. Dalton who is noted as still being on duty as of May 1852, is then noted as having died on 27th June 1852, he having almost certainly died of disease. The 18th Foot suffered a surprising number of casualties during the campaign, with two officer killed or died of wounds, and 3 dying of disease. But for the other ranks the figure was much higher, with 16 killed or died of wounds, and a remarkable 344 dying of disease. This was as a result of the climatic conditions, and a lack of adequate hygienic precautions. slight scratching on obverse, overall Nearly extremely fine