The 34th landing on the 9th December 1854 in Crimea, had to suffer terrible hardship during the winter months around Sevastopol and lost many of their number as a result of ill health, and in battle. My wife's 4th Great Uncle Captain Edward Herman Marsh, gained the Crimea Medal with the Sevastapol Clasp. However it shows that he served at Sevastapol from 9 Dec 1854 to 20 Feb 1855, which means he would have missed the Russian Sortie of 22nd March 1855 when the 34th played a prominent part. Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Denis Kelly narrowly escaped death and was taken prisoner in this action. Then later in the best known action in the siege of Sevastopol that happened on the 18th June 1855, the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Two main Russian defences were to be attacked on this day. The Malakoff and the Redan. The French were allocated the Malakoff and the British had to storm up to the Redan. The regiments selected for the attack were the 7th, 33rd, 88th, 34th, 57th and the Rifle Brigade, 800 in all, led by Sir John Campbell. The Russians had positioned extra guns in the night, loaded with grapeshot, so when the attack began in the early hours of the 18th the fire-storm directed at the advancing men was horrific. The CO of the 57th was killed and Campbell put himself at their front, leading the attack with Colonel Yea of the 7th. They were well in front of the body of men and both killed. The number of officer casualties was high which demoralised the men and they pulled back from the impenetrable Russian volleys having suffered the loss of nearly half their number. Only two officers of the 34th escaped injury or death. So would Capt Marsh be counted as one of these officers or would he have left Crimea after 20 Feb 1855, or would he have been in hospital? How do I find out? I have a photo of him in uniform with the Crimea Medal
Captain Marsh was obviously still with the 34th, because he was later serving with them in India at Cawnpore and Lucknow in 1857 and received the Indian Mutiny medal with the Lucknow clasp, and was not shown on a retirement list until 1881.