Turkish Crimea Medal, Sardinian issue, contemporarily engraved naming, fitted with Crimea Medal Suspension. R. Palmer H.M.S. Albion. Royal Navy. GVF
Robert Palmer is recorded as serving as Private aboard the 90-gun second-rate ship of the line Albion. Deployed to the Black Sea during the Crimean War, her crew suffered many casualties from cholera in August 1854 (The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to the Present,) Taking part in the siege of Sevastopol, her Commanding Officer, Captain Stephen Lushington took charge of a Naval Brigade providing vital heavy artillery support. Set on fire three times by Russian shore batteries during the Anglo-French bombardment, Albion suffered 11 killed and 71 wounded, but managed to take part in the fifth bombardment of Sevastopol on 17 August 1855. Returned home to Devonport, the Crimea Medal to Robert Palmer was sent to Plymouth on 5 April 1856; sold with copied roll page.