John Thomas Barber Beaumont, the Duke of Cumberland’s Sharpshooters, Volunteer Rifle Corps, bronze medal, 1803
Obv: bust left in high relief, BARBER BEAUMONT around
Rev: THE DUKE OF CUMBERLAND’S SHARP SHOOTERS. THE FIRST VOLUNTEER RIFLE CORPS IN GREAT BRITAIN WAS RAISED 1803 in 9 lines
References: BHM 549; E 949
Condition: Extremely fine; Diameter: 41mm
Notes: Barber Beaumont (1774-1841), soldier, businessman, painter and author. This medal must have been issued after 1812 as that is the year in which he assumed the surname Beaumont. His Volunteer Corps was indeed composed of ‘sharp shooters’: on one occasion he held a target in Hyde Park (London) and the entire corps shot at it (and missing him) from a distance of 150 yards!