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CANADA MEDAL AND LONG SERVICE & GOOD CONDUCT PAIR TO PTE. C. DONOVAN, 69TH FOOT

*** RESERVED *** Canada Medal with Fenian Raid 1870 clasp to 3855 Pte. C. Donovan, 69/S. Lin. R.; Victorian Long Service & Good Conduct Medal officially impressed 3835 Pte. C. Donovan, 69th Foot.
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Cornelius Donovan was born in Clonakilty, Cork, moving to live at Byron Lane, St. Heliers, Jersey and working as a Draper's Porter, marrying his wife Isabella. Living with their son, Daniel, born in St. Heliers, the couple would go on to have two more sons and three daughters. Having attested for the 69th Foot on 24 Nov 1954, aged 18, Donovan served in the East Indies and Canada, taking part in the Regiment's action at Trout River on 27 May 1870 when a force of 250 Canadians and a detachment of the 69th Foot engaged the Fenians who broke and fled over the border. Three were killed, one captured, and several wounded. Donovan was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal with a gratuity of £5 on 29 Mar 1873. These two medals were bequeathed to his son Daniel on Cornelius' death on 21 Aug 1913.

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