Corporal Thomas Faughnan (spelt Faughan in some sources) was born in County Leitrim, Ireland. In 1847, Ireland was in the grip of the Potato famine, its staple crop being ravaged by the blight. It is estimated that 2 million Irish people died as a result of starvation. Faughan’s sisters chose to emigrate to North America. Faughan himself took the other option favoured by young men in Ireland at this time. He enlisted in the British army, in Her Majesties’ 17th Regiment of Foot. With then he served in the Crimea, where he was wounded an sent to the infamous Scutari hospital. After the Crimea he transferred to the 6th Regt where he became a Colour Sergeant. In retirement in Canada he wrote his memoirs, the classic ‘Life of a British Soldier’. Faughan’s Crimea medal seen here has the bar Sebastopol. His name is officially impressed on the rim.