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ITALY, KINGDOM, Al Valore Militare, silver, obverse signed 'F.G.' below wreath; reverse embossed 'Spedizione d'Oriente 1855 1856', engraved, 'Lt. Coll. Jas. Frankfort Manners Browne, C.B., Rl. Engrs.', minor contact marks, very fine, with silver buckle bar on riband

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ITALY, KINGDOM, Al Valore Militare, silver, obverse signed 'F.G.' below wreath; reverse embossed 'Spedizione d'Oriente 1855 1856', engraved, 'Lt. Coll. Jas. Frankfort Manners Browne, C.B., Rl. Engrs.', minor contact marks, very fine, with silver buckle bar on riband

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General Sir James Frankfort Manners Browne, [K.C.B.], an Irishman of great character, was born in 1823, the son of the Hon. the Dean of Lismore. According to his entry in Who's Who, he 'wore the Queen's uniform, boy and man, from 1838' and 'served in the four quarters of the globe'. His Al Valore Militare was awarded in respect of his services before Sebastopol, where he was engaged as Senior Officer of Engineers at the capture and defence of the Quarries, and latterly, as 'Directing Engineer of the Right Attack', in which capacity he was severely wounded in the trenches on 24.8.1855 ('By a rifle ball which broke the left arm, passed through the shoulder and injured the jaw'). Sir James, who recreations included all manner of field sports ('Hunted the buffalo and wapeti on the plains of North America and the moose in Nova Scotia'), attained the rank of General in early 1888, was a Commandant, R.E. and created a K.C.B. in 1894. He died in February 1911.

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