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QSA To The Royal Irish Rifles , KIA Stormberg

QSA one Bar Cape Colony 2920 PTE J MADDEN R IR RIF

Pte J Madden ( Modden on casualty roll) was killed in action at Stormberg on the 10th of December 1899


The Battle of Stormberg, which was the 2nd Battalion's first and only major action of the war, was ill directed, ill handled, and ill supported - especially when the Rifles were shelled by the Artillery. However, Gatacre's explanation may have lacked detail and frankness as the Battalion cheered him at the end of his speech with an eagerness to return and carry on with the fight. Importantly, there had been no error on the part of the Rifles.

The Battalion, as a result of this action, lost 12 other ranks killed; five officers and 46 other ranks wounded; and four officers and 216 men captured. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel H A Eagar, died of his wounds on 3 February 1900



At 9.15 p.m. the column marched out of Molteno, the Royal Irish Rifles leading. Just before moving off, Colonel Eager said: "The battalion represents the North of Ireland, which is watching you. I know I have not to ask you to do your duty." Two days' rations of tinned meat and biscuit were carried. The distance to be covered was ten miles. There was a bright moon, which set about midnight. The road at first was quite good; every-thing looked promising, and the men were in capital spirits. General Gatacre gave the order to fix swords, and the men marched on, carrying their arms in this rather constrained position. The artillery followed the infantry, but with a long interval between, and the wheels of the guns, etc., were wrapped up in raw hide, to deaden the sound. Behind the guns came the mounted troops. Various details, including the Maxim gun detachment of the Royal Irish Rifles, under Lieutenant Wright, had not been informed of the change of plan from the frontal to the flank attack, and they took the direct road to the nek and lost themselves. The guides, in the darkness, missed the right turning, and the force halted at I a.m. at a farm, owned by a Mr. Roberts. The guides informed General Gatacre that the distance from the coveted heights was now only one and a half miles; in reality it was three miles away. The Boers had sent out some 600 men that night, probably to beat up Gatacre's left flank. This force was under Grobler, and was laagered three miles farther up the road from the British column, so Gatacre was actually between the two bodies of Boers, who had not the vaguest idea that his outposts were nearer than Molteno. Here indeed was a chance, if he had known of it, to finish up the 600 Bethulie warriors with the bayonet. However, not knowing this, at 2 a.m. the march was resumed. The track—for it could not be called a road—became appallingly bad. Colonel Eager reported to the General that he thought the guide had lost his way. The guide as stoutly protested that he had not. At 3.45 a.m. on the 10th of December the head of the column reached the point which General Gatacre had aimed for. He was at the foot of the heights which formed the western boundary to the Stormberg Basin, and he was on the western side of those heights, in a small valley, which led into the Stormberg Basin.

Everything was as he could wish it. Unfortunately in the dark he did not know that he had arrived there, and his guides did not quite understand his plans, so there was a misunderstanding. The guides thought he wanted to push on by road into the valley, and did not realise that the infantry, facing east, could have climbed straight up the hill and dominated all the Boer camps from these heights with their rifles; so the column toiled along the road, past the heights on their right, until broad daylight came on, still marching in fours, with swords fixed.

Colonel Eager realized the danger, and requested the General's permission to send half a company out as an advanced guard. General Gatacre ordered him not to do so. A few hundred yards to the east of the British force lay one of the Boer laagers, its outpost absolutely unconscious of the presence of the enemy. There was a picquet, with a single Boer sentry on the road which ran through the nek, which the force was now approaching in column of route. To his horror, the sentinel saw this long serpent of marching men drawing near him. He roused his comrades—between ten and twenty in number—and fire was opened. The Dutch poured out of their laager, wheremost of them had been making coffee, and rushed for the heights. General Gatacre ordered the Royal Irish Rifles to rush through the nek and seize a detached hill just inside it, but it was too late to issue orders then. Everyone had felt that they were called upon to act promptly for themselves in the emergency, and, though three companies (" F," "G," and "H ") dashed through the nek for the hill beyond, the remainder of the Royal Irish Rifles formed for attack towards their right flank, and, with the Northumberland Fusiliers prolonging their right, rushed for the summit, led by " C " Company, under Captain Bell. The advance was well maintained, and half the distance had been crossed when the whole force was brought to a standstill by a line of precipices, which rose sheer up for some distance, and was only scalable here and there.

The men laid down under cover, whilst Colonel Eager, Major Seton, Major Welman, and Captain Bell drew together, studied the formation of the ground, and arranged for the forward movement. The three companies who had taken the hill beyond the nek outflanked the Boer position, whilst the mounted infantry had also pushed inside the Stormberg Valley. Everything was in capital train. The General rode up to the three companies on the hill, whilst Colonel Eager, without orders, but wisely comprehending the situation, arranged for the rush to clear the heights. The two batteries—the 74th and the 77th—opened fire on the heights, but, unfortunately, thinking the Royal Irish Rifles were the enemy in the uncertain light, commenced to shell them. The results were instantaneous. The first shell mortally wounded Colonel Eager and severely wounded Majors Seton and Welman, Captain Bell and several riflemen. The next few were equally deadly, and in a few seconds, to the surprise of the Boers, some of whom had been pouring in an ineffectual fire, whilst others were hurrying to the rear, the whole of the infantry who had been lying close under the cliffs, ready to escalade them, were driven down the slope, vainly trying to avoid the deadly shrapnel of their own guns. The officer commanding the Northumberland Fusiliers ordered his battalion to retire to reform it, ready to support either attack. Some of the Royal Irish Rifles, hearing the order, moved with this battalion, assuming that it also applied to them. Some of the Northumberland Fusiliers did not hear it, and remained where they were.

The men who retired first took shelter in the donga at the foot of the hill, but this was enfiladed, so the retirement was continued as far as the small hills across the valley. The movement was carried out in good order, and each part covered the retreat of the others. Arriving at these small hills, one company was told off to hold the heights, whilst the remainder formed in quarter column under cover. General Gatacre had been with the party that held the hill inside the nek. From here he had meant to sweep down the enemy's position, pressing home his attack. With the hills abandoned to the Boers, he saw that this could not be done, so he gave the order to the three companies to retire, which they did, under heavy fire, in good order, and the mounted infantry of the force galloped back, and a new line was formed on a ridge across the road up which the force had marched. This was about an hour and a quarter after the first shot had been fired. Naturally, the noise had drawn in all parties of Boers, even Grobler's detachment. This last commando fired into Gatacre's troops from the rear, and the 77th battery had three guns firing forward and three backward.

In the meantime, some 600 men of the two infantry battalions lay on the hill under the cliffs, keeping up the fight with the Boers. General Gatacre ordered the force he was now with on the ridge to retire. Major Allen, of the Royal Irish Rifles, urged the General to allow him to take up the remaining companies of the Rifles to carry the heights, but General Gatacre refused to let him do this. The remainder, nearer to the enemy, were left to their fate. Afterwards it transpired that the officers and men did not know what was going on, and that they held tenaciously to their ground, expecting that the remainder of the force was moving to make a flank attack. No orders were given, and each party was overpowered in detail. The retreating force, under General Gatacre, was not kept well in hand, and the infantry straggled a great deal. The guns and mounted infantry kept the enemy at a distance, and Lieutenant and Adjutant Sitwell collected the men of the Royal Irish Rifles who were least fatigued and formed an efficient rearguard. About 11 a.m. Molteno was reached; 634 unwounded prisoners (officers and men) were taken by the Boers. The total casualties of the whole force were 28 killed and 61 wounded on the British side, and 8 killed and 26 wounded on the Boer side.

The Royal Irish Rifles loss was as follows: —Twelve non-commissioned officers and men killed and forty-six non-commissioned officers and men wounded; also wounded officers as follow: Lieutenant-Colonel Eager (mortally wounded), Majors Seton and Welman, Captains Bell and Kelly, and Lieutenant Stevens. The following officers were captured: Captain Weir, Lieutenant Christie, and 2nd-Lieutenants Maynard and Rodney, and 216 unwounded non-commissioned officers and men. The battalion, under Major Allen, was entrained that afternoon, with the remainder of the infantry of General Gatacre's force, and was sent down to Sterkstroom.

General Gatacre had, on the whole, bad luck at Stormberg. The idea was sound; but his arrangements were not thoroughly supervised. He surprised his enemy, but, from want of precautions, was not able to use his advantage, and appears to have sent no orders to his troops. That he should have left 600 of them to be made prisoners was also a piece of bad staff work; whilst the crowning calamity was the successful shelling by the British artillery of their own side. On the whole, the force was lucky to have been able to effect their retreat. An enterprising enemy would have stopped it and captured the whole force. The prisoners were sent to Pretoria.

Medal dark toned with some edge contacting and generally in VF condition

Code: 50718

Reserved


GSM Bar Brunei To The Queens Own Highlanders

GSM one bar Brunei 23545061 L/CPL A MACKENZIE Q O HLDRS

The Queens Own Highlanders were the only Scottish Regiment to receive the Brunei bar

On the 8th of December 1962 there was a revolt in the Sultanate of Brunei , where Azahri's rebels attacked the Sultans palace and other government establishments including those operated by other European nations . the rebels took many hostages and in the process seized the Shell Oil field in a place called Seria

The battalion was immediately tasked to deal with the problem, namely : neutralise the rebels, free the hostages ! Battalion Headquarters and A company moved from Singapore to Brunei by air while B company sailed at full speed on HMS Cavalier

A company carried out its air assault and landed at Seria catching the rebels with complete surprise. The aircraft was still rolling while troops spilled out the rear of the plane and immediately began to engage the Azahri's rebels. After a swift and decisive battle the battalion cleared Seria of rebels, and freed some 46 European hostages , without loss to our troops

The battalion had taken part in it's first active service since being formed and the first success was a spectacular one, an achievement any other regiment would have been equally proud of.





Medal with original ribbon and in GVF condition

Code: 50720

Reserved


DCM And Trio To The N Rid Hy Bt RGA

DCM 311048 A BMBR F JEFFERSON N RID HY BY RGA 1914/15 Trio 319 ( 311048 Gnr on pair ) A BMBR F JEFFERSON RGA

DCM awarded in the London Gazette of the 25th of August 1917

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in removing a wounded comrade from his battery position under very heavy shell fire, during which all the stretcher bearers who were assisting him were wounded. He thereupon returned through the bombardment for further assistance and successfully got all the wounded med to the ambulance. He displayed a very splendid example of gallantry and fearless devotion to his wounded comrades

The North Riding Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery comprised of approx 170 officers and men and had its headquarters in Middlesborough

Middlesborough Daily Gazette 11th August 1917

Local Man Honoured

among the recent awards for conspicuous bravery in the field is that of gunner Frank Jefferson of the North Riding RGA Grange Road Middlesboroughwho has received the DCM. Gunner Jefferson was a member of the local Territorial heavy Battery before the outbreak of war and was subsequently transferred to Monkseaton to assist in training the new entrants in Kitcheners Army

His heart however was with his friends in the battery which had left for France and finally he relinquished his stripes to rejoin them. On the expiration of his period of service he rejoined before leaving France in order to continue his work . He has seen some very strenuous fighting during his two and a half years active service and the award has given great pleasure to his many friends in the town

Medals mounted on card by collector and generally in VF condition




Code: 50719

Reserved


1915/15 Trio To The 9th Yorks LI, KIA 1st Day Somme 1/7/16

1914/15 Trio 12587 PTE A SHAW YORKS LI

Abraham Shaw 9th Yorks LI was born Pittsmoor Sheffield and enlisted in Sheffield , he was killed in action on the 1st Day of the Battle of the Somme 1/7/1916


"When the barrage lifts..."

The 9th battalion KOYLI was wiped out on the First Day of the Somme, 1st July 1916, losing over 500 casualties. For many years afterwards an 'In Memorium' notice appeared on the 1st July commemorating the battalion, and using the phrase 'When the barrage lifts'.

The story of this goes back to the eve of the Battle of the Somme, when the officers of 9th KOYLI met for one last time before going up to the trenches opposite Fricourt. Their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel C.W.D.Lynch DSO had been with the unit since 1915, and was awarded the DSO for bravery at Loos. He was not a popular commanding officer, and had a habit of promoting favourites, rather than those who deserved the position. Lancelot Spicer, then an officer in the battalion, recalled the incident in his memoirs:

At about 6pm on June 28th all officers received a summons to go to Battalion HQ for a final drink before going into action. We assembled, glasses were put into our hands, drinks were passed round and we drank quietly to one another – everyone was naturally feeling strained. The Adjutant and Second-in-command were away on some course, so the Acting Adjutant, Keay, was in charge. Lynch came into the room and was given a glass. Keay went up to Haswell, the senior Captain, and said quietly to him,

‘I think you should propose the CO’s health!’

‘I’m damned if I will’, said Haswell ‘I don’t wish him good health and am not prepared to be insincere on this occasion.’

‘You must’, said Keay.

‘I won’t.’, said Haswell.

For a few moments they argued, and then Haswell stepped forward and raising his glass said:

‘Gentlemen, I give you the toast of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and in particular the 9th Battalion of the Regiment’ – a slight pause – ‘Gentleman, when the barrage lifts…’

We emptied our glasses and were silent. Dramatically, Haswell had avoided an unpleasant scene, and the toast has never been forgotten.

Of those present, twenty-four went into action next day in the attack on Fricourt. Six were in reserve. Of the twenty-four, twelve were killed, including Lynch and Haswell. Three died of wounds afterwards, eight were wounded, one slightly and only one left untouched.

Medals with original ribbons and in NEF condition

Code: 50723

Reserved


WW1 Pair To The British West Indies R , Died 1917

WW1 pair 191 PTE V G PEREIRA BR WIR

Vincent G Pereira 1st British West Indies Regiment died on the 16th of September 1916, he is buried in Kensal Green ( St Mary's) RC Cemetery

MIC confirms pair only

Code: 50726

Reserved


IGS To The R W Kent R, KIA Nigeria 1904

IGS one bar Punjab Frontier 1897-98 4039 LCE CORPL J MENDHAM 1ST BN RYL W KENT REGT

J Mendham on medal and medal roll but actual initials are W B


Sergeant Walter Bagge Mendham

He was born in the village of Shipdham, in the Breckland district of Norfolk, between Norwich and Kings Lynn, the seventh child of Henry Bagge Mendham and his wife Jane. A number of the children had that middle name “Bagge”, and in the 1881 Census the whole family is listed with Bagge as the surname, so there must be a story there somewhere. Perhaps Henry was illegitimate, but knew that his father was a Bagge, and so wanted to ensure that it would be difficult to forget it.

In 1891 all the working men in the family, including Walter, were farm workers, and the others seemed to have remained on the land, most as labourers, although brother Elijah was a gamekeeper in Nottinghamshire when he died in 1918. Walter, however, left the land early. In 1893, when he enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment, he described himself as a “draper”, aged 18 years and 11 months.He serves in the Punjab Frontier campaigh 1897-98 and received the medal and clasp. He obviously made an impression in the army, as by 1903 he had been made a sergeant, and was seconded to the Southern Nigeria Regiment as a Colour-Sergeant. This rank was usually only awarded to senior sergeants as a reward for long service or for courage on the battlefield. As Walter had only been in the army for ten years, I assume the rank was awarded for good service or showing promising potential.

When Mendham was posted there Nigeria as we know it did not exist. The Northern Nigeria Protectorate covered the northern and eastern parts of the country, which had previously been ruled under the Sokoto Caliphate. The Southern Nigerian Protectorate had responsibility for the southern and coastal areas, which had consisted of a large number of independent kingdoms and city-states brought together as Southern Nigeria in 1900, though not without opposition.

The resistance faced by the British during the 1890s had been at its most effective when the various factions of the different states managed to overcome their differences and work together. At its most efficient this resistance came under the umbrella of an organization known as the Ekumeku, which translates roughly as “the silent ones”, a grouping which transcended states and factions, with its leaders sworn to secrecy about their contacts and organizational methods. For ten years they pursued guerilla tactics to harass the colonial forces, until, in 1902, the British went on the offensive and arrested all the suspected leaders. That was, thought the government, the end of the Ekumeku, but less than two years later it appeared again.

It is not surprising that the Ekumeku reappeared, given that it had as an expressed purpose “the driving out of the country all foreigners and everything foreign”. In particular, by mid-1903, its followers were upset by two major issues: one was the establishment of native courts, which were felt to undermine the traditional authority of tribal and city elders; the second was the increasingly successful activity of Christian missionaries, converting people away from their traditional beliefs. The activity of missionaries had caused unrest elsewhere, for example before the Indian Mutiny and the Boxer Rebellion, and in those places one can see their opponents’ point. From a Western point of view, however, it is difficult to have sympathy with the Ekumeku’s objections to Christianity being encouraged; fetishism, human sacrifice and cannibalism are difficult to admire.

Many of the Delta Region’s people felt strongly enough, however, for the movement to became active again in the hinterland of Asaba, which lies on the West bank of the Niger, and was and is the chief city of the Niger Delta region. Towards the end of 1903 mission stations were destroyed, and “friendly natives”, which usually means Christian converts, were attacked, some killed. In response the British put together a force under Captain I. G. Hogg of the 4th Hussars, which left Asaba on 17th January 1904. It was made up of six British officers, four British N.C.O.s, including Walter Mendham, two hundred and fifteen troops of the Southern Nigeria Regiment, a seven-pounder field gun, two Maxim guns, and three political officers.

The Campaign

Expecting to face the guerrilla methods of previous campaigns Hogg found that this time the Ekumeku had changed tactics. Instead of creating roving raiding bands, the Ekumeku forces now concentrated on the defence of individual towns. This had the advantage of allowing the towns to be defended more vigorously, with superior numbers, but against that Hogg’s forces could focus on one town at a time, with the confidence that the mud- and clay walls would not be able to withstand the British guns for long.

Although each town they approached presented fierce defence, in each case the Ekumeku were driven out. It was in the attack on Ukunzu, a town north-west of Asaba, that Colour-Sergeant Mendham was killed in action, amidst opposition so determined that Hogg decided to send for reinforcements. On the 11th February the force was joined by a further ninety men, two N.C.O.s, and another gun.

Thus strengthened Hogg attacked the enemy at a town named Okuruku, in an assault that was to see the end of the campaign. Storming the town the British forces left over four hundred defenders dead, and captured over three hundred, for the loss of one British officer and twelve troops. For the time being, ‘The Silent Ones’ had been gagged.

Afterwards

Colour-Sergeant Menhdam’s home regiment, the Royal West Kents, mounted a memorial to him in All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, which stands next to the regimental barracks. His commander at Ukunzu, Captain Hogg, only survived him another ten years. On September 1st, 1914, Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Graham Hogg, commanding the 4th Hussars, was shot while ordering the retreat from Compeigne, and died from his wounds the next day.


TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF WALTER BAGGE MENDHAM, SERGEANT THE QUEENS OWN ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT, AND COLOUR SERGEANT SOUTHERN NIGERIA REGIMENT, WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT ONICHAALONA SOUTHERN NIGERIA 28TH JANUARY 1904

Medal with a few contact marks and generally in VF condition

Code: 50730

Reserved


Group Of 7 To HMS Suffolk, MID for Norway 1940

1939/45 Star, Atlantic Star bar France and Germany, Pacific Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Naval LSGC ( Geo VI) M36766S R DOWNER SHPT 2 HMS VERNON

Together with original MID certificate

MID in London Gazette of the 4th of October 1940 For gallantry and devotion to duty when
engaged with enemy aircraft off the Coast of
Norway

HMS Suffolk, served on the China Station, save for reconstruction, until the outbreak of the Second World War. She came home in 1939 and then patrolled the Denmark Straits in October 1939. In April 1940 Suffolk participated in the Norwegian Campaign. On 13 April 1940 the ship arrived at Tórshavn to commence the British pre-emptive occupation of the Faroe Islands. On 14 April 1940 Suffolk sank the German tanker Skagerrak northwest of Bodø, Norway.

On 17 April 1940, Suffolk and four destroyers, HMS Kipling, HMS Juno, HMS Janus and HMS Hereward, were sent to bombard the airfield at Sola, Norway. The operation had little effect and the retaliation from German bombers severely damaged the aft of the ship, forcing her to return to Scapa Flow.

Suffolk was out of action from April 1940 until February 1941 while she was repaired at the Clyde


Medals generally in GVF condition, MID certificate water stained

Code: 50731

Reserved


QSA To The KRRC , KIA 1914

QSA one bar Cape Colony 1956 PTE H ROBINS KRRC

Harry Robins a 19 year old labourer from Millbank Lancs enlisted into the KRRC at Burnley in June 1899 . He served in South Africa May-July 1900 and received the QSA with one clasp. He served in F&F from the 1st of November 1914 and was killed in action on the 16th of November 1914 . He was buried at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery Belgium , his next of kin at the time being shown as his wife Leah who was living at Travis St Burnley

Medal with 2 slight edge knocks , with original ribbon and generally in VF condition

Code: 50732

Reserved


1914/15 Trio To The RN, MID For Jutland

1914/15 Trio ( MID ) J25427 F R WATTS ORD RN ( LS on pair )

Frank Robert Watts a 15 year old fitters assistant from Charminster in Dorset enlisted into the Royal Navy in October 1913 with the rank of Boy 2. he served on various ship during his career before being invalided out of the service in 1919. He served from October 1915 until 1st July 1916 aboard HMS Barham , He was MID and advanced in rank for services aboard HMS Barham at Jutland whilst still only 18 years old


HMS Barham at the Battle of Jutland

HMS Barham was laid down on 24 February 1913 and commissioned on 19 August 1915 as a Portsmouth ship. She was chosen as the flagship of the fifth battle squadron with Rear-Admiral Hugh Evan-Thomas the first to raise his flag. The squadron consisted of herself, HMS Valiant, HMS Warspite and HMS Malaya (HMS Queen Elizabeth was in refit at the time of the battle) and was normally part of the Grand Fleet based at Scapa Flow under Admiral Jellico. After German battle cruisers had bombarded Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth on 25 April 1916 the squadron was moved south to Rosyth on 21/22 May. It now came under command of Acting Vice-Admiral Beatty and his 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron but still part of the Grand Fleet.

On the 30 May a German signal sent to all the ships of the High Seas Fleet was intercepted and the Admiralty who ordered the Grand Fleet to sea. The 5th battle squadron was placed astern and to port of, but 5 miles from Beatty's flagship and his squadron steaming south-eastward. At 1400 on the 31st Beatty ordered a planned turn of his force to the north east to join the remainder of the Grand Fleet. Soon after 1430 with reports of German naval activity Beatty turned to his east to cut off a German retreat. Rear Admiral Hipper in Command of the German battlecruisers Lutzow, Derfflinger, Seydlitz, Moltke and Der Tann sighted Beatty's force and tried to draw them on to the High Seas Fleet, both forces turning south. The two lines opened fire at 1545. Due to its position relative to Beatty's battlecruiser squadron there was a delay before the 5th Battle Squadron came into range.

On board HMS Barham all hands were piped to action stations at 1440. At 1550 the German battlecruisers were sighted and HMS Barham opened fire six minutes later when the ship was steaming at 25 knots. After two or three salvos the German light cruisers turned away. After turns to the south east fire was opened again at 1606 at a range of 18000 yards. At 1621 the enemy replied and straddled HMS Barham. Two minutes later she received her first hit, at section 62 which exploded in a main deck reading room but caused no serious damage.

At 1635 Hipper sighted the High Seas Fleet and turned north again and 6 minutes later Beatty also ordered a turn north but this was not received by the 5th Battle Squadron until repeated at 1654.

The second hit at 1658 abreast B turret at section 72 was the most destructive. It plunged through the upper deck, wrecked the medical store and auxiliary wireless office causing severe damage to light structure. It had a marked incendiary effect on the adjacent sick bay where 24 of the crew were killed. It passed on down to the lower conning tower where the assistant navigator Lieutenant Reginald Blyth and his assistant Midshipman Alex Doddington were keeping the ship's position plotted. This piece of shell almost severed Blyth's leg and although Doddington did his best to tie a tourniquet, he was much handicapped owing to the lights going out. Blyth died from loss of blood. The piece of shell continued down killing a seaman in a 6" magazine.

The third hit at section 126 and exploded in the Officers WC's. The fourth a 12 inch shell from SMS Lutzow exploded in the gunroom at section 182 with a part continuing down to the Engineers workshop. The fifth hit at section 240 and exploded in the Admiral's cabin and wrecked everything in his quarters.

In all 26 were killed and a further 37 wounded, two subsequently died of wounds. 20 those killed were buried at sea and their names are on the Royal Naval Memorials at Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Six including the chaplain were buried at Lyness in the Orkneys where there is a memorial stone to all the sailors lost erected by their shipmates.

The 5th Battle squadron was ordered to join the Grand Fleet steaming south and formed up at the back of the lines of warships taking no further part in the action. Except HMS Valiant the other ships of the squadron were also hit, HMS Lion at least 9 times, HMS Tiger at least 7 times, HMS Malaya at least 3 hits and HMS Warspite 12 or more. HMS Barham and the other ships of the 5th in turn set two enemy battle cruisers on fire the Derfflinger and the Seydlitz which was close to sinking. The Lutzow was crippled and scuttled by a German torpedo.

The undamaged HMS Valiant and the 2nd Battle Squadron returned to Rosyth. The remainder of the 5th Battle Squadron returned to Scapa Flow. The dead were put ashore and ships were tidied up and reloaded with ammunition before sailing south to be refitted

Medals mounted as originally worn with original MID oakleaf on ribbon

Code: 50733

525.00 GBP


Shortlist item
China War Medal 1842 To HMS Blenheim

China War Medal 1842 RICHARD PUTMAN HMS BLENHEIM

Medal with original suspension and ribbon and generally in toned GVF condition

Code: 50734

Reserved


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