These 2 very interesting attributed sets of miniatures are those of Commander Charles Edward Somerville Woodman and his son Major J.E.S. Woodman DSO.
Group 1 – Baltic Medal, Crimea medal with Sebastopol clasp and Turkish Crimea medal. Mounted on an extremely attractive buckle.
Cmdr. C. E. S. Woodman, R.N. Lieutenant Charles E S Woodman served in the Crimea on HMS Dauntless and is confirmed on the Dauntless medal rolls for the Baltic Medal, Crimea Medal with Sebastopol clasp and Turkish Crimea medal. Born 1831 and died, Eastbourne. having entered the Royal Navy, became mate in 1851, and joined tbe Daedalus, 20, the Pacific station. Upon his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in January, 1854, was appointed to the frigate Dauntless, 33. • In her he was present at some of sea operations against Sebastopol, took part in the transport of Turkish troops from Eupatoria to Kamiesh, and assisted in the attack on Kinburn. After the war he became Second-Lieutenant of the screw frigate Chesapeake, 51, and was present the disastrous attempted forcing of the passage of the Peiho in 1859, and some of the subsequent. He afterwards served as lieutenant in the Asia Portsmouth, the Terror at Bermuda, and the Duncan can Queensferry, and retired with the rank of commander in 1868.
Group 2 – The Ashanti Star, East & West Africa Medal ( Sierra Leone 1898-99) and Africa General Service Medal (N. Nigeria 1903-04). To Major J.E.S. Woodman (junior), Lancashire Fusiliers, late West India Regiment was awarded the DSO for gallantry 1914. He was killed at Loos in September 1915. It is of specific note that his full sized medal equivalent sold at DNW in September 2018. The full sized group of 3 was then re-united with his Great War trio and plaque and later sold at DNW as a DSO Casualty group (10 NOVEMBER 2021).
Medals are of the original non-fixed, swivel type. The wonderful patina of both groups is beautifully toned with the Crimea group being very slightly darker. They were part of a collection of high quality miniatures that has been in West Sussex, we are also West Sussex based, for many years and they have not travelled far for a Sussex based family with connections from Chichester to Eastbourne.
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