Posted By:Lawrence Crider
Subject:Re: John Patrick MARTIN
Post Date:May 18, 2007 at 05:48:16
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Dear Ann:

Because I know so little of the naval forces in the Crimea, I asked an expert and attach his reply. I was a bit nonplussed about someone from the navy being in the
Battle of the Alma (a land battle), but an explantion follows:

Captain Keppel , not Kepler,
of course. If he came to Black Sea with Keppel he couldn't have been there
at the time of Alma, so was possibly transferred later. Not unusual for RN
personel to describe their trip ashore to collect wounded after Alma as
'being at Alma'. As for records, most of the musters for the ships are
extant at the NA - PRO Kew. Plus medal rolls. Plus service records. I have
the muster and medal rolls for the naval brigade ashore and there are
several John Martin, but no John Patrick Martin, but he might be one of
them. Trip to Kew, or employ professional researcher there, only way
forward. Sounds to me as if he jumped ship in Sydney - captains hated
visiting there because they always lost so many men (during gold rushes

Not very encouraging, but adds a bit to your knowledge and suggests a course of action if you want to pursue the research.

Best Wishes

Lawrence W. Crider
Author, In Search of the Light Brigade
Editor, The War Correspondent: journal of the Crimean War Research Society