CGSM to CSgt McDonald, 4th Rifle Brigade
CANADA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, 1866-1870, single clasp, Fenian Raid 1866 (48. Cr: Sgt D. H. Macdonald. 4/R.B.); officially engraved in tidy upright capitals. A few light hairlines and nick to edge by rank, otherwise extremely fine. Colour Sergeant Donald Henry McDonald was born c.1832 at St Peter’s Port on the Isle of Guernsey, and initially attested for service with the Scots Fusilier Guards 5 November 1850, having previously worked as a ‘Rose Engine Turner’. He served in the Crimean War, earning himself the Crimea and Turkish Crimea Medals before transferring into the 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade as a Corporal in 1857. He continued to serve with the Rifle Brigade for a further 14 years, including some 2 and a half years in Canada, during which he took part in the British struggle to repel the Fenian forces entering Canada from the northern US. He was discharged 11 March 1873 after over 22 years with the colours, and his papers clearly show a trend towards heavy drinking – on three occasions he rose into the NCO ranks of Corporal/Sergeant, before each time being reduced to Private as the result of ‘being drunk’ or ‘disgraceful behaviour’. 175 single clasp medals were awarded to the 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade for the Fenian Raid of 1866. Sold with copy discharge papers.