Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria 3rd issue, small letter reverse. 1378. 1st Cl: Sgt. Instr. G. Allen. Gymnastic Staff. VF/GVF


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George was born in Fermoy, Co. Cork and enlisted in the 82nd Foot age 16 years on 22.9.1870. Served home 15 years 173 days, Malta 5 years, 323 days, then home for a further 121 days. Served 21 years, 152 days, transferring to the Army Gymnast Staff as a second-class instructor (having reached the rank of Sergeant 82nd) on 18th December 1880. Married Catherine O’ Driscoll at Mallow County Cork September 1876 and had 5 children up to 1888.