Indian Army Meritorious Service Medal Victoria issue, 1848 East India Company (later the Indian Armed Services). Sergeant Major John Kerwick, 1st Batt. Artillery
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Sergeant Major John Kerwick was born c.1819 in the Parish of St. Johns, Limerick, Ireland, and enlisted at Limerick for service with the H.E.I.C. Artillery on 26 September 1839, aged 20, having previously worked as a Weaver. Aside from 157 days spent in Britain, and during his passage to India, he spent his entire military career in India. He was promoted to Corporal on 6 March 1846; to Sergeant on 1 February 1849; and to Temporary Staff Brigade Sergeant on 19 October 1854. He took up a position in the Electric Telegraph Department on 29 July 1856, remaining there until 4 August 1857, after which he re-joined his unit on 5 August 1857. He was appointed Staff Brigade Sergeant on 1 September 1857, Acting Sergeant-Major on 14 August 1858, and Sergeant Major on 21 September 1858 (with an additional 2 years service for the Indian Mutiny). He then volunteered for additional service as Sergeant-Major with the Royal Artillery on 13 May 1861, and was eventually discharged on 17 April 1866 with 28 years and 204 days with conduct noted as exemplary with his stated intention to live in Madras. M.S.M. annuity £10 c1878 Madras unattached list. A superb example worthy of further research. Mounted in felt frame.