Nicholas McGrain

Medals awarded

  • Crimea Medal with Alma, Inkerman and Sebastopol clasps
  • Turkish Crimea Medal

A labourer by trade, Private Nicholas McGrain 1327 enlisted in 1839 in Dublin and served for 21 years before being discharged in 1860. He had served in the Mediterranean, West Indies, North America, Turkey, Crimea, and the East Indies. McGrain fought at the three major battles in which the Regiment participated – Alma, Inkerman and Sebastopol. His conduct was reported as being ‘good’ and he was the recipient of several Good Conduct Badges.

He was once fined by a Court Martial and his details were entered into the Regiment’s Defaulters’ Book. He was promoted to Corporal before being demoted back to Private after three days confinement in 1846. He had good conduct pay awards given, and then withdrawn, and then restored (three Good Conduct Badges) between 1852 and 1856.

We do not have a photograph of Nicholas in the museum collection. However, regimental records give us a pen-portrait of the man himslef. On 31 March 1857 a Major Bright recorded McGrain’s length of service and signed his detailed statement of service, including his description. He was 5 foot 9½ inches tall with a fresh complexion, hazel-coloured eyes with brown hair.