The Crimea Medal was a campaign medal approved in 1854, for issue to officers and men of British units (land and naval) which fought in the Crimean War of 1854-56 against Russia.
The medal is notable for its extremely ornate clasps, being in the form of an oak leaf with an acorn at each extremity, a style never again used on a British medal. The suspension is an ornate floriated swivelling suspender, again unique to the Crimea Medal.
Five bars were authorised, the maximum awarded to one man was four.
Azoff was only issued to Naval and Marine personnel. The medal was issued without a clasp to those who were present in the Crimea, but not present at any of the qualifying actions. A five bar specimen is held in the Royal Collection.
This medal was also presented to certain members of allied French forces. These medals, in addition to the five British clasps, were often issued with unauthorised French bars; Traktir, Tchernaia, Mer d'Azoff, and Malakof.
The medal was awarded with the British version of the Turkish Crimean War medal, but when a consignment of these were lost at sea some troops were issued with the Sardinian version instead.
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Original Source: 1854-55 - Crimea Medal - Marine Brigade - ADM171/23 - 68pp
1854-55 - Crimea Medal - Naval Brigade - ADM171/24 - 99pp
1854-55 - Crimea Medal - Clasp AZOFF - ADM171/25 - 78pp
1854-55 - Crimea Medal - Those on Ships Names A - F - ADM171/26 - 168pp
1854-55 - Crimea Medal - Those on Ships Names G - O - ADM171/27 - 154pp
1854-55 - Crimea Medal - Those on Ships Names R - Z - ADM171/28 - 209pp