A very fine Military General Service Medal 1793-1814, 6 Clasps: Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Pyrenees, St Sebastian, Orthes, awarded to Gunner later Sergeant Donald McRaw, 5th Battalion, Royal Artillery, a cordwainer from Campbelltown, Inverness, Scotland, who originally joined the Colours in February 1794, and went on to serve for 21 years and 310 days. Present in action during the Peninsular War in Portugal, Spain and France, he was in action during 1812 at the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo, the siege of Badajoz, and the battle of Salamanca,

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A very fine Military General Service Medal 1793-1814, 6 Clasps: Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Pyrenees, St Sebastian, Orthes, awarded to Gunner later Sergeant Donald McRaw, 5th Battalion, Royal Artillery, a cordwainer from Campbelltown, Inverness, Scotland, who originally joined the Colours in February 1794, and went on to serve for 21 years and 310 days. Present in action during the Peninsular War in Portugal, Spain and France, he was in action during 1812 at the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo, the siege of Badajoz, and the battle of Salamanca, and in 1813 during the actions in the Pyrenees, and the capture of the fortress of San Sebastian, and then in 1814 at the battle of Orthes, before being pensioned from Captain H. Trelawny’s Company in December 1815 as a result of visual impairment, he being nearly blind in the left eye with the sight being also impaired in the other.

Military General Service Medal 1793-1814, 6 Clasps: Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Pyrenees, St Sebastian, Orthes; (D. McRAW, GUNNER. R.ARTY.)

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Donald McRaw was born in Campbelltown, Inverness, Scotland, and having worked as a cordwainer, then enlisted into the British Army when aged 18 on 2nd February 1794 and joining as a Gunner the 5th Battalion, Royal Artillery. McRaw went on to serve for 21 years and 310 days with the Colours, of which 7 years 210 days were as a Gunner, 9 years 297 days as a Bombardier, and 4 years 168 days were as a Sergeant.

McRaw was present during the Peninsular War in Portugal, Spain and France, being present in action at the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo from 8t to 19th January 1812, the siege of Badajoz from 16th March to 6th April 1812, the battle of Salamanca on 22nd July 1812, the actions in the Pyrenees from 25th July to 2nd August 1813, the capture of the fortress of San Sebastian from 17th July to 8th September 1813, and the battle of Orthes on 27th February 1814.

McRaw who was latterly with Captain H. Trelawny’s Company of the 5th Battalion, was pensioned from Woolwich on 9th December 1815, he being ‘placed on the pension list on two shillings pension by order of the Master General of the Ordnance commencing the 10th December 1815’ at which time he was nearly blind in the left eye with the sight being also impaired in the other. Medal and clasp entitlement confirmed, though named to him as a Gunner when he should have been ranked as a Sergeant.