​ An interesting Egyptian War 1882 Naval Brigade pair awarded to Gunner A. Moir, Royal Marine Artillery, who was one of the 41 men from the crew of the armoured corvette H.M.S Orion to be present at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir on 13th September 1882, where he manned the naval guns, and is subsequently noted as having deserted and not returned as of 6th June 1889.

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Condition: contact pitting to first from star, overall about Very Fine.
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An interesting Egyptian War 1882 Naval Brigade pair awarded to Gunner A. Moir, Royal Marine Artillery, who was one of the 41 men from the crew of the armoured corvette H.M.S Orion to be present at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir on 13th September 1882, where he manned the naval guns, and is subsequently noted as having deserted and not returned as of 6th June 1889.
Egypt and Sudan Medal 1882-1889, reverse dated 1882, 1 Clasp: Tel-El-Kebir; (A. MOIR. GUNR R.M.A: H.M.S. “ORION”.); Khedive’s Star dated 1882.
Condition: contact pitting to first from star, overall about Very Fine.

Alexander Moir was born on 29th November 1862 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and having worked as a farm labourer, then joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry as a Private (No.1807) with the Depot at Walmer on 29th June 1880, before being posted to the 13th Company on 9th April 1881, and then transferred as a Gunner to the Royal Marine Artillery on 30th April 1881.
Moir embarked aboard the armoured corvette H.M.S Orion on 27th June 1884, and then saw service aboard her during the Egyptian War of 1882, and saw service ashore with the naval guns at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir on 13th September 1882. 41 men from Orion were present in this action. His Egypt Medal with Tel-El-Kebir clasp was issued to him in April 1883, and his Khedive’s Star was issued on 2nd July 1883.
Moir transferred to the armoured frigate H.M.S Hibernia from 6th May 1883, and saw service with the Channel Fleet, and whilst with her, was transferred to N Battery on 1st January 1885. Posted back to Orion on 26th April 1885, he then returned to the Depot of the Royal Marine Artillery on 21st September 1885.
Promoted to Bombardier for service with Q Battery on 1st July 1886, he joined the gunboat H.M.S Pike on 7th July 1887, but then returned ashore on 24th August 1887. Embarked aboard the ironclad battleship H.M.S Northumberland on 30th November 1887, he saw service with the Channel Squadron and whilst aboard her, was promoted to Corporal with ‘D’ Battery on 1st June 1888. Moir was however reduced to Gunner again with ‘N’ Battery on 20th April 1889, and was then posted ashore on 8th May 1898. Moir is then noted as having ‘run’ and deserted the service on 6th June 1889. 


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