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    Battle of Bunker Hill: Silver Medal for Gallantry from King George III to Captain Peter Ewing of the Royal Marines, June 17, 1775. The medal is in a star shape with flames between the points and measures 1 15/16" wide and is the same in height. The obverse is engraved with the Royal script cypher "GR" below a Hanoverian crown, the whole surrounded by a garter inscribed "A Testimony of Pubic Regard" and bordered by a wreath of laurel leaves. The reverse is surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves and the inscription, "By Order of the King with 300 Pound for the Wound Capt Ewing Recvd the 17 of June 1775". A truly remarkable touchstone to one of the most famous battles in American Military History.

    Peter Ewing was commissioned into the Royal Marines on November 1, 1773 at the age of nineteen. He was entered on the books of His Majesty's Frigate Cerebus on the same day at Portsmouth. The Cerebus sailed on April 24, 1775. The following month the Cerebus arrived in Boston where Ewing was discharged for service with the First Marine Battalion serving with the army in Massachusetts. At the Battle of Bunker Hill Ewing led the Grenadier Company and was cited for gallantry. During the battle, Ewing was severely wounded, losing an arm. He remained with the battalion after the battle and moved to Halifax when the marines were reassigned to Nova Scotia. When the battalion was ordered back to England, Ewing volunteered for service aboard His Majesty's Frigate Flora. He stayed with the ship until it was burned off Rhode Island to keep it from falling into French hands.

    Ewing served on various ships at New York, Halifax, Sandy Hook, Bermuda, Antigua, and Charleston, South Carolina. He was discharged to hospital in New York in 1780 and shipped home to England. He saw limited sea service until he was placed on half pay in 1783. Captain Peter Ewing died at Falkirk on September 12, 1794 from wounds at the age of thirty-eight.

    This Bunker Hill medal was pictured and described on page 48 of George Tancred's Historical Record of Medals and Honorary Distinctions, (London: Charterhouse Press, 1891). It was also mentioned on page 189 of the journal The Antiquary, December 2, 1871, in a review of the privately printed book, Medals, Clasps, and Crosses, Military and Naval, in the collection of J. W. Fleming, F.R.C.S.,E.D., Surgeon-Major, late 4th Dragoon Guards. The medal was on display in the exhibition, 1776, The British Story of the American Revolution, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, 14 April to 2 October, 1976. Since that time, the medal has been in an important American militaria collection. Photocopies of the pages mentioned in these books are included as well as other research material.


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