MEDALS TO ROYAL NAVY, MERCHANT NAVY & ROYAL MARINES


Lost or stolen: South Atlantic Medal (rosette) & Merchant Navy Medal (1st type) to MARTYN P. COOMBES

East and West Africa Medal  Benin 1897               F. IDE.STO.H.M.S.ST. GEORGE.
Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal    FREDERICK IDE, STO. P.O., H.M.S. VICTORY.

Frederick Ide was born in Bognor in 1874 and joined the navy in February 1894. Joined HMS St. George in October 1894 as a Stoker. Stoker Petty Officer July 1906 (HMS Excellent); LSGC awarded 1909. Chief Stoker 1910 (HMS Dryad); Posted to Paragon July 1915; Victor August 1915; Attentive November 1916 and Victory March 1917. He died 17 May 1919 "carconoma of bowel". He was buried at Westhampnett (St. Peters) Churchyard, Sussex. Entitled to 1914/15 Star trio.
Pair: 450 


China Medal (1900) Taku Forts / Relief of Pekin  
G.W. WALKER. LG.SEAN.H.M.S.BARFLEUR.
1914/15 Star                                                   160273, G.W. WALKER. C.P.O., R.N.
British War Medal                                                        160237 G.W. WALKER. C.P.O. R.N.
Victory Medal                                                               160237 G.W. WALJER. C.P.O. R.N.
RN Long Service Good Conduct Medal                     G.W. WALKER. P.O. 1 CL. H.M.S. LORD NELSON.

Two numbers transposed on Star. George Walter Walker was born 22 November 1875 and joined the navy in April 1891. Joined HMS Barfleur in June 1898 and served in the China Campaign; medal roll confirms both clasps, two-clasp medals to the Royal Navy are scarce. LSGC awarded in December 1908. In 1914 joined HMS Shannon (armoured cruiser) and stayed on her until August 1916. In February 1917 joined HMS Bacchante which patrolled off the West African coast until the end of the war.
Group of Five: 975


1914/15 Star                       225497, J. RYDER, A.B., R.N.
British War Medal                225497 J. RYDER. A.B. R.N.
Victory Medal                       225497 J. RYDER. A.B. R.N.
1911 Delhi Durbar Medal    John Ryder AB "H.M.S. Medina" ON 225497

John Ryder was born 1887 and joined the navy in March 1903 as Boy 2nd Class HMS Boscawen. In 1911 the P&O liner "Medina" was fitted out as a Royal Yacht and used to take King George V and Queen Mary to India for the Delhi Durbar. She sailed from Portsmouth 11 November 1911 with her four cruiser escorts. John Ryder joined the ship for the voyage and is confirmed on the Durbar Medal roll as a member of the Guard of Honour, Delhi. Durbar Medal is nicely engraved. On returning to the UK in joined HMS Shannon in 1913 and was on her until March 1919 when he was discharged.
Group of Four: 375



China Medal  Taku Forts 1858    Unnamed      200
As issued to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.



1914/15 Star                                                J.2221 A.R. BUDGE. A.B. R.N.
British War Medal                                         J.2221 A.R. BUDGE. L.S. R.N.
Victory Medal                                                J.2221 A.R. BUDGE. L.S. R.N.
RN Long Service Good Conduct Medal      J.2221 A.R. BUDGE. P.O. H.M.S. TAMAR.
Arthur Robert Budge was born 1892 and joined the navy in August 1908. In July 1914 joined HMS Talbot (Light Cruiser). Served Tamar 1923 to 1926. Pensioned 1932. Tamar was a troopship stationed in Hong Kong harbour from 1897 until 1941.
Group of Four: 295   RESERVED


George William Muir
Transport Medal S. Africa 1899-1902 G.W. MUIR. IN COMMAND.   1250  RESERVED
George William Muir was born in Liverpool in 1854. Passed as Second Mate 1872
. Passed as First Mate 1874. Served on the Sabrina from 1874 to 1882. Passed as Master 1882. Served on various vessels: Alsatian, Flaminian, Bavarian, Venetian, Oporto, Andalusian, Bulgarian, Favonian, Persian, Bostonian, Lancastrian, Cestrian, Winifreda, Tagus, and in July 1899 took command of the Winifredian which was transporting troops to South Africa. Then commanded the Devonian, Hanoverian, Mayflower and in January 1906 took command of the Mercedes de Larrinaga.
30 January 1908 the American schooner "Edward J. Berwind" sank and the crew was picked up by the steamship "Mercedes de Larrinaga" which was commanded by Muir. The Shipping Gazette 23 June 1909 reported: "The Board of Trade have received, through the Foreign Office, gold watches and chains for Captain George William Muir..... of the British steamship Mercedes de Larrinaga, of Liverpool, which have been awarded to them by the President of the United States in recognition of their services in rescuing the shipwrecked crew of the American schooner Edward J. Berwind, which was abandoned in the North Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 30 1908." October 1910 to the Assiout, then Douro, Arabian, Mardinian and in November the Tung Shan. He left her in Janaury 1917 "record notes: Damaged by ice and grounding." He died 22 February 1931.


Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal (Ed.VII)  138513 JOHN ROWE, COMD. BTN, H.M. COAST GUARD85  
Copy records. John Rowe was born in Somerset in 1871 and enlisted into the Royal Navy in September 1886. Served on Royal Adelaide, Ruby, Wildfire, Orlando, Mildura, Crescent, Stork and Rodney. Transferred to Coast Guard as a Boatman in 1905. Invalided in September 1916 with what looks like "mental disease". Entitled to British War Medal.
  


1914/15 Star                                              C.Z. 4445 W. DAWSON. A.B. R.N.V.R.
British War Medal                                       C.Z. 4445 W. DAWSON. A.B. R.N.V.R.
Victory Medal                                              C.Z. 4445 W. DAWSON. A.B. R.N.V.R.
Copy records. William Dawson was from Denny, Stirlingshire and enlisted in May 1915 and was posted to Drake Battalion as a Machine Gunner in France. Returned to UK and admitted to R.N. Hospital Haslar July 1916 with "GSW back and right arm".  Rejoined Battalion and reported missing in action 30 December 1917 (Battle of Cambrai) and in February 1918 confirmed as a Prisoner of War, being held at Limburg in Germany. Repatriated and arrived in Hull in December 1918. Demobilized 19 February 1919.
Trio: 150



George Harold Smaldon
1914/15 Star                                              219489, G.H. SMALDON, P.O., R.N.
British War Medal                                       219489 G.H. SMALDON. L.TEL. R.N.
Victory Medal                                              219489 G.H. SMALDON. L.TEL. R.N.
Defence Medal                                           
1939-45 War Medal                                  
RN Long Service Good Conduct Medal  
219498 G.A. SMALDON.LDG.SMN. H.M.S. DEFIANCE.
Copy records. George Harold Smaldon was born in Devon in 1885 and enlisted in February 1902. Served on various ships and in August 1014 was on HMS Ocean (Dardanelles). March 1915 to HMS Ark Royal. To Defiance in February 1918. Pensioned in October 1925. Became a postman in Devon and in May 1940 rejoined the Navy, being posted to Drake I (Devonport). He spent the war there and was released from service in January 1945. The rank on the Star and pair is odd as it is not reflected on the roll or service record and yet appears to be as impressed.
Group of Six: 160



Mercantile Marine War Medal   HAROLD P. HEWETSON.   45
Copy medal card with photo. Harold Percy Hewetson was serving on the War Apricot when the war ended.


Mercantile Marine War Medal   GEORGE STEPHENSON     45


Mercantile Marine War Medal   ARTHUR J. TURNER     45
Only one card with this name. Arthur James Turner, born in Leyton in 1898.


British War Medal  J.84737 J.H. BECKETT. ORD. R.N.
Victory Medal        
J.84737 J.H. BECKETT. ORD. R.N.
Copy service record. James Henry Beckett was born in London 6 February 1900 and enlisted February 1918. Served on HMS Patrol, a scout cruiser in the Irish sea. Discharged April 1919.
Pair: 50 

British War Medal          ALBERT E. SHIPLEY         35 
Copy medal card. Albert Edward Shipley was born 1879 in East Bolden. 1911 census shows him as a "Marine Engineer" living in South Shields with his wife and two children. Also awarded the Mercantile Marine War Medal. 1926 was serving as a 1st Engineer on SS Gri
pfast. Card shows that he continued to serve until November 1938. He died in South Shields in 1954.

British War Medal         K.52340 A. CUSHING. STO.2 R.N.        30
Copy service record. Naming a bit rubbed. Alfred Cushing was born in Gateshead, Durham and was a coal miner born in June 1900. He joined the Royal Navy in July 1918 and served HMS Apollo (Onslow). Discharged 14 March 1919.



British War Medal          5259T.S. F. THOMAS. ENGN. R.N.R.          38 
Copy service papers. Thomas Frederick was born in Swansea 28 March 1893, son of Thomas and Caroline Thomas. He enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve 15 March 1916. Served on  "Sabrina (Numitor)", "Halcyon", back to Numitor, then Idaho (H.T. William Colbourne). Finally "Boadacia II (Irene)". Boadacia II was the base for armed patrol trawlers. He was discharged 17 October 1918 and issued a silver war badge. Entitled to a Victory Medal.


British War Medal       
9270S A. DAVIES. STO. R.N.R.             38
Copy service papers.  Anthony Davies was born in Swansea 29 December 1892, son of Ivan and Mary Davies. Enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve 13 May 1916. Served HMS Warspite until discharged 16 February 1919. Entitled to Victory Medal.

Victory Medal            K.8672 A.C. LIPSCOMB. L.STO. R.N.  15
Alfred Charles Lipscomb was born in St. Georges, London in 1891 and joined the navy in 1910. Served on Venerable 1911 to 1916, Blanche 1916-17 and ended the war on Caesar. Discharged 1923 and served with the merchant navy for a period. He died in London in 1953.

Victory Medal            
P.O.2088S -L.CPL. J. ASTLEY. R.M.L.I.   20 
Copy records. Joseph Astley enlisted December 1915, aged 29. Served in France from September 1917 with 2nd Royal Marine Battalion. Discharged January 1922. Entitled to British War Medal.


Victory Medal             
209036 W.J. CONNARD. L.S. R.N.           15
Copy papers. Walter Jones Connard, born 7 Sept. 1883 in Southport, Lancashire. Joined the navy 7 Marchy 1900 and served on HMS Agincourt, Amphitrite, Black Prince, Commonwealth (1914 to August 1917), Aquitania (Jan 1918 to Jan. 1919), Emperor of India. Discharged 21 July 1922 with rank of Petty Officer.