NO CLASP INDIAN MUTINY 1857-58, OFFICER 73rd REGIMENT
No Clasp Indian Mutiny 1857-58
Lieutenant Archibald Henry SHARP, 73rd Regiment,
Later Adjutant 1st Lanarkshire Volunteers & Hon. Lieutenant Colonel.
Archibald Henry Sharp was born on 20 June 1838 at Limerick in south-west Ireland. He was the son of John Sharp, general merchant, and Lucinda Sharp, whose maiden name was Coley.
His service with the British Army began on 7 September 1855 when he was appointed ensign in the 73rd Foot aged 17 years and three months. This position was obtained 'without Purchase', as were all subsequent promotions received by him, which speaks very highly of his abilities and achievements.
Ensign Sharp served in the 'East Indies' from 28 November 1857 and, for a period of seven months between 1858 and 1859, was 'Staff Officer to the Force on the Nepal Frontier' under Lord Clyde. He was promoted lieutenant in the 73rd Foot on 2 July 1858 and is noted to have left the East Indies on 22 August 1861. This was also the year in which he received his Indian Mutiny Medal.
Having then been for over five years in the United Kingdom, Lieutenant Sharp served in China from 23 November 1866 to 20 July 1868. During his subsequent time back in the UK, he was promoted to captain on 5 June 1869. Thereafter, he was in Ceylon from 19 February 1870 up to 22 April 1872, at which point he received six months' leave in the UK. He returned to Ceylon on 1 November 1872 and remained there until 2 February 1874, when he proceeded to the East Indies. During this second period of duty in India he was station staff officer at Subathu, a hill cantonment near Simla, from 19 October 1875 to 21 February 1876. Captain Sharp left India on 4 June 1876, which marked the end of his overseas service.
Archibald Sharp was appointed adjutant of the 1st Lanarkshire Volunteers in 1879 and his promotion to major dated from 1 July 1881. He retired from the Army as honorary lieutenant colonel on 14 March 1888.
During the third quarter of 1888, at Westminster, he married Mary Crawford Cowper.(2) However, he was not fated to have a long retirement from the Army. Archibald Henry Sharp, 'Retired Lieutenant Colonel of Black Watch', died of natural causes at Dalmore, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire on 25 March 1891, aged 52 years. The informant of his death was his brother, of 13 Eden Park, Kingston, Dublin.
NEF & Mounted as worn from an ornate silver ribbon buckle. A regimentally scarce medal that is complete with extensive research details