George Ades

Medals awarded

  • Crimea Medal 1854-6
    Clasp: Alma
    Clasp: Inkerman
    Clasp: Balaklava
  • Turkish Crimea Medal

Ades served as a drummer within the Regiment during his twenty years of service, twelve of which were served abroad in North America, Turkey/Crimea and India. Born around 1827 in Battle, Sussex, he enlisted in 1843 whilst living in Kent. He was discharged in 1866, aged 39 years, after being judged unfit for future service, his records stating he was ‘worn out’. His conduct was recorded as very good and he had four Good Conduct Badges. However, his name had been entered 38 times in the Regimental Defaulters Book.

He served throughout in the 19th Regiment being promoted to Corporal in 1859. In the Crimea, he served in 8 (Light) Company under Captain Robert Warden and was in one of the three companies which fought at Inkerman under Major McGee.  [The medals of whom are in the collection.] He was one of ten drummers in the Regiment who fought at the storming of the Great Redan along with just over 400 of his comrades.

He was 5 foot, 4 inches tall with grey eyes and brown hair and, upon leaving the army, was planning to live in Brighton.