MEDALS TO ROYAL NAVY, MERCHANT NAVY & ROYAL MARINES
Lost or stolen: South Atlantic Medal (rosette) & Merchant Navy Medal (1st type) to MARTYN P. COOMBES
Queen's South Africa Medal J.R. LININGTON, M.A.A., H.M.S. GIBRALTAR.
Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal (Vic) J.R. LININGTON, M.A.A., H.M.S. IMPREGNABLE.
John Robert Linington was born in Crookhaven, Co. Cork in February 1864. Joined the Navy May 1880, Boy 2nd class. PS February 1882 (HMS Thalia); AB September 1883 (HMS Boadicea); Ship's Corporal Ocotber 1890 (Vivid); Master at Arms May 1896 (Hawke); joined Gibraltar March 1901. Joined the Essex in March 1906. In June 1906 the cruiser Essex lost a man killed by an exploding cartidge during an exercise, and Linington gave evidence at the enquirey. "The evidence of John Robert Linington, Master at Arms of the Essex was in effect that on Wednesday at about 5.30 pm whilst the Essex was engaged in attacking one of the enemy, an explosion took place in the starboard upper deck casement foremost where the deceased, who was 20 years of age, was one of the gun crew." Discharged 8 February 1907 and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve. He was mobilised for the war but only received a British War Medal, rank C.P.O. He settled in St. Budeaux, Devonshire and died 13 November 1921.
1914/15 Star W.S.A. 2014 A.E. BARTLETT, 2.HD. R.N.R.
British War Medal W.S.A. 2014. A.E. BARTLETT. SKR. R.N.R.
Victory Medal W.S.A. 2014. A.E. BARTLETT. SKR. R.N.R.
British War Medal
Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal bar 2957 C. A.E. BARTLETT. SMN. R.N.R.
Medal of Zeal (Czar Nicholas II) C.2957 A.E. BARTLETT, SEA. R.N.R. H.M.S. JUPITER.
All in original boxes of issue. Imperial Russian Medal of Zeal in named box of issue, which has the Imperial Russian eagle on front of box.
WW2 medals in box addressed to Mr. A.E. Barnett, 46 Station Hill, Brixham, S. Devon. (issue slip confirms the 2 medals).
Arthur Eames Bartlett was born in Brixham 14 October 1881. He worked as a fishing boat crewman and enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve in 1903. Trawler Section 1913. Posted to HMS Jupiter 16 August 1914. On 5 February 1915 Jupiter left the Tyne to attempt the voyage to Arkangelsk, North Russia, which would mean breaking through the ice - in effect the first Arctic Convoy. Ship's log sates: "12 February 1915. Steaming through solid ice. 3.40 pm Ship stuck in ice. Dropped starboard bower anchor to try and crack ice. Hands employed trying to free ship. 7.14 pm ship freed. Proceeded. .... 13 February 1915 7.45 pm stuck fast in ice. Stopped for the night. .... 14 February 1915: 7.20 pm Ice breaker Canada arrived. Decided Jupiter should accompany Canada to Aleksandrovsk. .... 17 February 1915: 4 pm very heavy ice, making no progress. .... 18 February: 3.45 pm ship clear of ice field. ... 20 February: Alexandrovsk." After repairs and recoaling she left port 27 February for Arkhangel. "9.30 am reached reached ice field. Course as requisite for getting through ice field. ... 1 March 1915. 11.22 am Stopped. Ice impassable. 3 March 11.10 am ship stuck in ice. ... 4 March 11.45 am stopped ice very heavy.... 5 March 11.40 am stopped to shore up bulkhead. 1.05 pm Ship brought up in ice. Stopped." Next few days were spent forcing ship forward but then having to stop. "8 March: Ship fast in ice. Gave up attempt to proceed. 9 March 7.30 am Torpedo party blasting ice to free ship." From 10 to 27 March Jupiter struggled forward, having to put out parties to blast the ice most days and helping to free other ships that were stuck. Finally on 27 March 10.30 pm she reached Arkhangel. She then spent time recoaling, resupplying and repairing the ship. "6 April This is the first day that HMS Jupiter has been in north Russia on which the air temperature has risen above freezing." 8 April Jupiter set off on the return journey, which was similar to the first leg, regularly having to blast the ice to free the ship. Arrived at Alexandrovsk 16 April. The Czar decorated the officers and crew of Jupiter for the service, the officers receiving Orders and the men the medal of Zeal on the St. Stanislaus ribbon. On return to UK he was posted to Columbine July 1915. To Vale of Clyde October 1915 (minesweeping trawler based at Granton). Posted to HMT Gunner June 1916 (Skipper). This was a decoy vessel (Q31). To HM Trawler Dreel Castle December 1917. At the end of the war he was appointed 2nd Hand on the trawler "Girl Inez". 1922 awarded the Royal Naval Reserve Long Service Medal. July 1924 as Skipper of "Cygnet" (both Brixham trawlers). Placed on Retired List RNR 14 October 1931. Clasp to RNR Long Service Medal awarded February 1935. June 1940 ordered to report to Europa (Depot, Royal Naval Patrol Service, Lowestoft). Appointed Skipper of Dorade II (armed yacht). April 1941 posted to Claverhouse (Edinburgh. Merchant Navy Defence Course). October 1943 to Europa (Skipper Lieutenant). Released from service 23 August 1945. In 1948 he applied for the Reserve Decoration but was informed that under revised Admiralty rules only officers who were on the Reserve from 1934 onwards would qualify. He died in Brixham 22 August 1958.
Group of Seven: £925 (payment by cheque or bank transfer)
Royal Marine Light Infantry
|Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct
Medal J. LEWIS. PTE H.M.S.
ENCOUNTER. £225 (payment by
cheque or bank transfer)
Joseph Lewis enlisted into the 45th Company Royal Marine Light Infantry 10 May 1859, aged 19. He joined HMS Euryalus in February 1862, wich then left for China. 24 October 1862 Marines from Euryalus were part of the Naval Brigade that stormed and captured Kahding in China. No medal was issued for this action. In April 1863, after calling in to Hong Kong, the ship sailed for Yeddo, Japan.
Trouble has been brewing between Japanese nationalists and foreign merchants. When a British trader was murdered, Admiral Kuper took 7 ships to Kagoshima. The ruler at Kagoshima sent samurai disguised as a fruit sellers to kill the senior British officers, but a Japanese historian writes "But the Samurai found themselves too closely watched by Royal Marines with fixed bayonets to carry out their plan."
At noon 15 August the gun batteries of Kagoshima opened fire, concentrating on Euryalus. The ships returned fire and by dusk the town was in flames. British casualties were 39 killed and wounded. The Euryalus lost 9 killed and 22 wounded.
6 January 1864 Pte Lewis transferred to HMS Coquette which was with Kuper's force. A Shogun had begun to harras shippins passing through the Straits of Shimonoskei. 5th September Coquette was part of a combined British, French and Dutch force that bombarded the Japanese shore batteries and put them out of action. A Naval Brigade then landed and stormed the batteries. The British force had 15 killed and 50 wounded. No medal was awarded for the action but three Victoria Crosses were won! Joseph's service papers state: "Served under fire in the Inland Sea of Japan." December 1864 Cocquette picked up survivors from a wrecked British ship near Kashima, who had been taken in Japanese villagers.
January 1867 Coquette returned to the UK and Joseph transferred to HMS Achilles. In August 1873 he joined HMS Encounter which proceeded to the West Coast of Africa. In November Encounter took stores to support the Ashanti Expedition. Although he would have seen no action, this time he was awarded the Ashanti Medal! In August 1877 he was awarded his Long Service Medal. Encounter returned to the UK in December 1877 and Joseph was discharged 14 May 1880, settling in Chatham.
Ivor Maurice Blann
|Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct
Medal (GV) J.24454 I.M.
BLANN. A.B. H.M.S. BARHAM. £85
(Payment by cheque or bank transfer)
Ivor Maurice Blann was born 1897 in Southampton and joined the Navy 21 April 1913. Served on HMS King George V April 1914 and was on her for the Battle of Jutland. November 1916 transferred to HMS Seymour. July 1921 to Dolphin for the submarine service and 21 October posted to K14. 1 April 1923 posted to the new K26. This was the last of the K-Class submarines and many improvements had been made.
In 1924 she embarked with much publicity on a record-breaking voyage via Gibraltar, Malta and the Suez Canal, to Colombo and Singapore and back again. While in the Red Sea she was called upon to sink an abandoned fire-swept transport ship, the Frangestan, thus being the only K-Boat to sink a ship! August 1926 he returned to Dolphin. 12 June 1928 posted to HMS Barham. LSGC awarded August 1930. He died from coronary sclerosis 23 April 1932 at Portsmouth.
William Carrington Smith
|Naval General Service Medal Persian Gulf 1909-1914 J.6219 W.C.
SMITH, A.B., H.M.S. HIGHFLYER. £225
(payment by cheque or bank transfer)
William Carrington Smith was born 1874 in Rochester, Kent and joined the Navy December 1909. Joined Highflyer January 1911. September 1914 joined HMS Laurel (Harwich Force destroyer). October 1915 moved to Marshal Soult. December 1916 to Dolphin for the submarine service. February 1917 to submarine C19. January 1919 to K15, January 1920 to K6, 17 January 1921 to K5. 20 January she took part in an exercise 120 miles SW of the Scilly Isles. K5 signaled that she was diving and was never heard from again. All 57 crew were lost.
J.10983, R. YOUNG, A.B., R.N.
British War Medal J.10983, R. YOUNG, A.B., R.N.
Victory Medal J.10983, R. YOUNG, A.B., R.N.
Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal J.10983, R. YOUNG, L.S.. H.M.S. TITANIA.
1939-45 War Medal
First four mounted as worn. Born 3 March 1895 in Bow, London, Robert Young joined the Navy in February 1911. On 10 July 1913 he was posted to HMS Forward. 16 December 1914 Forward and HMS Patrol were in Hartlepool Harbour when three German warships bombarded Hartlepool. Being a tidal harbour HMS Patrol struggled to get out to attack the enemy ships, but Forward had no steam in her boilers and by the time she managed to get out the German warships had moved on. Robert left HMS Forward in January 1915. On 29 October 1915 he volunteered for the submarine service and was posted to Dolphin. 16 December 1915 he joined submarine C6. On 20 November 1916 he returned to Dolphin. January 1917 he was sent to crew the newly completed K13 submarine which would be undergoing Acceptance Trials in Gareloch on 29 January. On board were 53 naval crewmen, 14 directors and employees of the shipyard, a Clyde pilot, and two officers of K-14, which was under construction at the time. Commander Godfrey Herbert gave the order, “Set to dive to 20 feet” and the submarine slipped beneath the surface. However, she began to take in water through the boiler-room ventilators, which had not properly closed. As the boiler room rapidly flooded, the cry went out to surface urgently. The order was given to blow all forward tanks, but still the submarine sank and soon settled on the bottom of the loch at a depth of 50 feet. A housemaid watching from a hotel on the edge of the loch reported that she had seen a submarine dive fast and seen two small back things bob up to the surface. No one took any notice of her story.
Inside K-13 the crew desperately plugged voice pipes from which water was pouring. The engine room was flooded and much of the oxygen reserve was used trying to surface the stricken vessel. A roll call in the sealed off front section of the submarine totalled 31 men. With no sign of the K-13 surfacing, a skiff with two crewmen was put out. They reported bubbles and some oil and realised that K-13 was in trouble. An urgent message was taken to shore and help summoned. Two rescue ships headed for the loch and naval personnel rushed to the scene, while everyone searched for a diving suit and a diver. The Fairfield Company diver soon arrived and was soon standing on the deck of the K-13. The shivering survivors heard him tapping on the hull and replied in Morse Code that the engine-room was flooded. The air was getting bad, the increasing level of carbon dioxide was slowly drugging the men; water was fusing electrical systems and the temperature was falling as the cold waters of the loch drained the vessel of heat. The men settled down for the night, many writing farewell notes to their families. The next morning Commander Francis Goodhart, with Herbert's help, attempted to get out of the conning tower, but Herbert ended up being forced out to the surface and Goodhart was not seen. At 5 pm a Naval Salvage Adviser arrived as plans were made to attach pressurised air hoses to the stricken submarine. The survivors had been breathing the same air for over 24 hours and many of them were in a state of collapse. Divers finally fitted the air hose and began to pump air into K-13. It was now 35 hours since K-13 had gone down. After a short while, conscious of the climbing pressure within the hull, they crew began to recharge the empty air bottles. This caused the bows of the submarine to begin to lift and soon the bows just broke the surface. Quickly a hole was cut in the ventilator on the bow through which air, water and food could be passed. When the survivors opened the hatch to the ventilator the release of pressure forced the stale air out, much to the relief of the men on board. Two lifting barges arrived but attempts to drag K-13 up failed. It was then decided to cut a hole through the hull to get the men out. This process took several hours and it was 9 o’clock at night when the first survivors were pulled the 47 survivors from the submarine. Goodhart’s body was found trapped inside the wheelhouse. He was awarded a posthumous Albert Medal in gold. 29 bodies were recovered the submarine, but two men were missing; they were employees of Fairfields and had been in the engine-room when it flooded. When the water pressure equalised, they opened the hatch and reached the surface, however, both were drowned. The recovered bodies were laid to rest at Faslane Cemetery, and each year a service is held at the K-13 memorial by staff of the submarine base.
“In Depth”, Official Newsletter Submariners Association (April 2017) confirms AB Robert Young, J10983 was one of the survivors from K13.
28 February 1917 he joined E41 and remained on her until November 1920 when he returned to Dolphin.
Robert Young now spent five years on surface vessels, HMS Diligence, Blenheim, Actaeon, Abdiel, Tancred, Agamemnon and Dragon. In January 1925 he returned to Dolphin and in June 1926 joined H25. March 1927 to R4. December 1927 he was posted to L3 (depot ship HMS Titania). His LSGC was awarded July 1928. To Dolphin in April 1930 (on reserve). Short posting to Regent (N41) and then to Porpoise (N14) in December 1934. He was pensioned March 1935.
29 August 1939 he was mobilised and in September was posted to HMS Aurania (armed merchant cruiser). November 1940 to Pembroke. 22 April 1941 to Dolphin (Torpedo Gunner's Mate). 3 June 1941 to Cyclops (submarine depot ship). 27 July 1941 posted to H44. To HMS Otway 8 May 1942. Next listed as S/C 28 December 1942 (Spare Crew). Shore pensioned 2 July 1945. He retired to Clacton-on-Sea and his death was registered in Colchester in Winter of 1969.
Group: £450 RESERVED
|China Medal (1900) Taku Forts / Relief of
Pekin G.W. WALKER.
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
|Royal Navy Long Service Good Conduct Medal (Ed.VII) 138513 JOHN ROWE, COMD. BTN,
H.M. COAST GUARD.
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.
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.
War Medal HAROLD
P. HEWETSON. £45
Copy medal card with photo. Harold Percy Hewetson was serving on the War Apricot when the war ended.
Marine War Medal GEORGE
|Mercantile Marine War Medal ARTHUR J. TURNER
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.
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 Gripfast. 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.
Medal 5259T.S. F. THOMAS. ENGN. R.N.R.
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 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.