Provenance: Glendining’s, September 1961.
John Redman was born at Christchurch, Monmouth, in 1804 and enlisted into the Royal Marines on 12 March 1824, being attached to the Portsmouth Division. He served as a Private aboard H.M.S. Albion during the battle of Navarino in which the combined fleets of Britain, France and Russia engaged in and routed the Turkish fleet, 20 October 1827- the morning after the battle Admiral Sir Edward Codrington described the state of the Turkish fleet as such, ‘Out of a fleet composed of eighty-one men-of-war, only one frigate and fifteen smaller vessels are in a state to ever put to sea again’.
Returning to the U.K., Redman transferred to No. 35 Company in the Plymouth Division, and on 12 March 1838 was up-rated to the status of 1st Class Marine. He entered H.M.S. Thunderer on 11 February 1840, and served in her during operations on and off the coast of Syria in 1840, and was present at the capture of St. Jean d’Acre and Sidon. He was discharged from the Royal Marines on 27 March 1845, after 21 years’ service.
Note: One other man of this name appears on the Admiralty Claimants’ Roll, for a single clasp award for Basque Roads.
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