Campaign Groups – Pre 1914


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Egypt Medal reverse dated 1882 clasp Alexandria 11th July, Khedives Star 1882, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria Royal Navy to Quarter Master William Whitwick, Royal Navy a former Farm Boy from Westbourne, Sussex. Entering the Royal Navy at St Vincent as a Boy 2nd Class in November 1873 he served as a Leading Seaman aboard HMS Sultan during the bombardment of Alexandria 11th July 1882. Awarded the LSGC Medal whilst Quarter Master at St Vincent in 1886, he was discharged to pension in 1897. Taking up employment as a General Labourer in HM Dockyard, Portsmouth following his discharge, he died in Portsmouth in 1914 aged 56 years.

Egypt Medal dated 1882 clasp Alexandria 11th July

W Whitwick Lg Sea HMS Sultan

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria Royal Navy

Wm Whitwick Qr Mr HMS St Vincent

With copy service papers.

William Whitwick was born in Westbourne, Sussex 25th September 1858 a Farm Boy he entered the Royal Navy at St Vincent as a Boy 2nd Class 24th November 1873. Rated Ordinary Seaman 2nd class aboard HMS Sultan 25th September 1856 and Ordinary Seaman 1st December 1876. Rated Able Seaman aboard HMS Black Prince 1st November 1878, advanced to Leading Seaman aboard HMS Minotaur 18th September 1880, he joined HMS Sultan for the second time 20th April 1882 and took part in the bombardment of Alexandria aboard this ship 11th July 1882. Advanced to Petty Officer of the 2nd Class 1st December 1883, he joined St Vincent 6th March 1885 where he was rated Quarter Master 1st April 1886 and Captain of the Quarter Deck Men 24th June 1887. Awarded the LSGC Medal 2nd August 1886. Joining HMS Imperieuse 1st March 1888 he was rated Petty Officer of the 1st Class 1st July 1889 and Captain of the Gun aboard HMS Hood 1st June 1893. Discharged to pension from Victory I 23rd October 1897.

The 1911 census records Whitwick is 52 years old a General Labourer in HM Dockyard, Portsmouth residing with his wife Fanny and three sons at 91 Winstanley Road, Portsmouth. He died in Portsmouth in January 1914 aged 56 years. 

Dark toned light pitting.

First time on the market

VF £400 SOLD


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Egypt Medal no clasp reverse dated 1882, Khedives Star dated 1882 to Driver Salvatore Camilleri, Malta Auxiliary Transport. The unit was formed to man the Mule Supply trains during the Expedition. A total of 214 Superintendents, Headman, Artificers and Drivers appear on the roll but many not issued due to desertion and other reasons.

Egypt Medal no clasp reverse dated 1882

195 Driv S Camilleri Malta Auxy Transpt

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

Medal verified correct on the Malta Auxiliary (Mule) Transport Medal roll TNA WO100/61 page 245. The roll lists 214 men including two Superintendents, twenty six Headman, twenty Artificers and the rest Drivers. Many of the Medals were not issued due to desertion and unable to locate men on return to Malta.

Virtually no pitting and scarce.

GVF & better £375 SOLD


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Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp, Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria Royal Navy to Engineer Lieutenant Commander William Francis Pepperell, Royal Navy a former Engine Smith from Sheerness, Kent born in 1860. Entering the Royal Navy as acting Engine Room Artificer (ERA) 4th Class he was awarded the LSGC in 1893 aboard HMS Apollo. Promoted to Artificer Engineer (Warrant Officer) 1st April 1898 from Chief ERA 2nd Class, Chief Artificer Engineer (Senior Warrant Officer) 3rd April 1903 and commissioned Engineer Lieutenant 1st April 1906. Serving aboard the Gunboat HMS Redbreast in the Boer War and during the Somaliland operations 1902-04, from 1914 he served with the Engineer Overseers Department in Barrow in Furness as Inspector of Gun Mountings. Promoted to Engineer Lieutenant Commander for his services during the War 11th November 1918. Awarded the Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Vellum for attempting to save life on 19th October 1900.

Queen’s South Africa Medal no clasp

Art Engr W F Pepperell RN HMS Redbreast

Africa General Service Medal EVII clasp Somaliland 1902-04

Ch Art Engr W F Pepperell RN HMS Redbreast

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria Royal Navy

W F Pepperell ERA 2nd CL HMS Apollo

With copy Rating’s service record and Medal roll entries, London Gazette entries for promotions etc.

William Francis Pepperell was born in Sheerness, Kent 22nd December 1860, an Engine Smith he entered the Royal Navy at Pembroke 23rd July 1882 as an acting Engine Room Artificer (ERA) 4th Class. Confirmed in the rate of ERA 4th Class aboard HMS Achilles 23rd July 1884, advanced to ERA 3rd Class aboard HMS Ajax 23rd July 1886, ERA 2nd Class at Vivid 9th June 1890, ERA 1st Class aboard HMS Howe 23rd July 1895 and Chief ERA 2nd Class 24th January 1896. Promoted to Artificer Engineer (Warrant Officer) 1st April 1898, appointed HMS Alarm 10th May 1898, appointed to the Gun Boat HMS Redbreast 19th March 1900 he served aboard this ship as Engineering Officer during the Boer War and the operations off Somaliland 1902-04. Promoted Chief Artificer Engineer (Senior Warrant Officer) London Gazette 10th April 1903 page 2376 refers.

Awarded the Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Vellum for attempting to save life on 19th October 1900. Although expecting to retire from the Royal Navy in 1915, he was appointed to the Assistant Engineer Overseers Department at Vickers Ltd of Barrow in Furness as Inspector of Gun Mountings. Promoted Engineer Lieutenant Commander for services during the War 11th November 1918 London Gazette 11th June 1920 page 6484 refers. Residing in Plympton, Plymouth on retirement he died in 1945.

83 Queen’s South Africa Medals to HMS Redbreast

81 Africa General Service Medals clasp Somaliland 1902-04 to HMS Redbreast

GVF £695 SOLD


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Egypt & Sudan Medal no clasp undated reverse and Khedives Star dated 1884 to Chief Engineer Joseph Turner, Royal Navy. Entering the Royal Navy as Third Class Assistant Engineer in November 1859, he rose to Chief Engineer in June 1878. Appointed to the Wood Screw Corvette HMS Briton in March 1881, he took part in the operations off Egypt and the Sudan in 1884. Retiring as Inspector of Machinery (Engineer Captain) in December 1889, he died in Chichester, Sussex 21st April 1892 aged 54 years.

Egypt Medal no clasp reverse undated

J Turner Chf Engr RN HMS Briton

Khedives Star dated 1884

Unnamed as issued

With copy service record and Medal roll entry.

Joseph Turner was born 22nd October 1838 in Hanslope, Buckinghamshire and entered the Royal Navy as Assistant Engineer Third Class 19th November 1859, appointed Assistant Engineer Second Class 3rd June 1862 and Assistant Engineer 1st Class 10th May 1867. Appointed HMS Indus 4th July 1873, Excellent 29th August 1873, HMS Asia 2nd June 1876, HMS Minotaur 9th August 1876, Fisguard 28th September 1877 for Engineering studies, HMS Indus 31st May 1878. Promoted Chief Engineer 6th June 1878, appointed HMS Briton 29th March 1881 serving aboard this ship until 3rd June 1884, appointed to his last ship was HMS Alexandra 20th February 1886, he retired 23rd December 1889 with the rank of Inspector of Machinery (Engineer Captain). He died in Chichester, Sussex 21st April 1892 aged 54 years.

200 no clasp Egypt Medals to HMS Briton

Light pitting

GVF £350 SOLD


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Egypt Medal no clasp reverse dated 1882, Khedives Star 1882 to Chief Engineer Robert Hall, Royal Navy who served as Chief Engineer aboard the Composite Screw Corvette HMS Ruby during the Egypt operations. Entering the Royal Navy in October 1861 as 2nd Class Assistant Engineer he was promoted to Chief Engineer in December 1880 and retired with the rank of Inspector of Machinery (Engineer Captain) in August 1893. He died in Havant, Hampshire in 1927 aged 89 years.

Egypt Medal no clasp reverse dated 1882

J Hall Ch Eng RN HMS Ruby

Khedives Star dated 1882

Unnamed as issued

With some research from the Navy List.

Robert Hall born 16th August 1838, entered the Royal Navy as 2nd Class Assistant Engineer October 1861, 1st Class Assistant Engineer 3rd February 1865, Engineer 27th June 1868, Chief Engineer 26th December 1880, Staff Engineer 17th February 1886, Fleet Engineer 26th December 1888, retired with rank of Inspector of Machinery (Engineer Captain) 16th August 1893. He died at his home ‘Windermere’, South Leigh Road, Havant, Hampshire on 24th July 1927 aged 89 years (The Portsmouth Evening News 25th July 1927 page 6 refers).

234 no clasp Egypt Medals to the ship.

Virtually no pitting

GVF & better £375 SOLD


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East & West Africa Medal clasp Witu 1890, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria Royal Navy to Divisional Carpenter John Moriarty, HM Coast Guard late Royal Navy a Carpenter from Bere, Co Cork, Ireland. Entering the Royal Navy as Carpenter’s Crew in December 1880, he served aboard HMS Malabar in the Egypt operations of 1882 and aboard HMS Turquoise during the Witu operations of 1890. Transferring to HM Coast Guard in December 1896 as Divisional Carpenter at Kingstown, Ireland he was discharged to pension in October 1907. Re-joining the Royal Navy 2nd August 1914 as Shipwright 2nd Class, he was discharged three days later suffering from Debility.

East & West Africa Medal clasp Witu 1890

J Moriarty Shipt HMS Turquoise

Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Victoria Royal Navy

John Moriarty Div Carp HM Coast Guard

With copy East & West Africa Medal roll entry and service record.

John Moriarty was born in Bere, County Cork, Ireland 1st July 1859, a Carpenter he entered the Royal Navy as Carpenter’s Crew aboard HMS Revenge 28th December 1880. Subsequently joining HMS Indus 14th January 1881, HMS Asia 14th April 1882, HMS Malabar 3rd June 1882 he took part in the Egypt operations of 1882 aboard this ship (Egypt Medal no clasp, Khedives Star 1882). Continuing to serve mainly afloat, he joined HMS Turquoise 14th February 1889 and took part in the Witu operations of 1890 aboard this ship (East & West Africa Medal clasp Witu 1890). On 2nd December 1896 he transferred to HM Coast Guard and joined the Kingstown, Ireland Station as Divisional Carpenter, he subsequently joined the Limerick, Ireland Station 1st October 1900 and was awarded the LSGC Medal 15th March 1901. Discharged to pension 16th October 1907. Re-joining the Royal Navy at Vivid II as Shipwright 2nd Class 2nd August 1914, he was found to be suffering from Debility and was discharged unfit 5th August 1914.

Contact wear especially to East & West Africa, 148 Medals with clasp Witu 1890 to the ship

VF & better £395 SOLD


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Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol with original photograph of the recipient wearing his Medal, original parchment Discharge Certificate  and original Annual Dinner programme for 1858 to Private James Bloomfield, 17th Lancers from Stowmarket, Suffolk. Enlisting in 1836, he served in the Crimea for two years and charged with the Light Brigade at Balaklava 25th October 1854. Discharged medically unfit at Dublin 16th October 1856, he attended the first Balaklava Banquet in October 1875 and died in Lewes, Sussex in 1883. British War Medal to his Grandson, Petty Officer Mechanic Thomas James Bloomfield, Royal Naval Air Service.

Crimea Medal 1854-56 clasps Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol

Jas Bloomfield 17th Lancers

British War Medal (Grandson)

F.3655 T J Bloomfield POM RNAS

With original photograph of Mr Bloomfield wearing his Crimea Medal, original parchment Discharge Certificate and a 1858 Annual Dinner programme. His grandson’s British War Medal POM, RNAS., his only Medal entitlement. The Crimea Medal contemporary engraved naming in upright capital letters.

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James Bloomfield was born in Stowmarket, Suffolk in 1819, a Joiner he attested for the 17th Lancers at Ipswich 21st September 1836. He served with his Regiment in Turkey and the Crimea for two years and charged with the Light Brigade at Balaklava 25th October 1854. Discharged medically unfit for further service at Portobello Barracks, Dublin 16th October 1856 after completing 19 years 238 days service.

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Charge of the 17th Lancers at Balaklava 25th October 1854, Lord Cardigan leading his Regiment

James Bloomfield attended the first Balaklava Banquet held on 25th October 1875 and joined the Balaklava Commemoration Society in 1879. The 1881 census records James is aged 63 years a Upholster Journeyman residing at 13 North Place, Brighton, Sussex with his wife Eliza a Dress Maker born in Ireland, his son Thomas aged 30 years born in Ireland and daughter Emma aged 29 years born in Sturry, Kent. James died in 1883 and was buried on 11th May at Woodvale Cemetery, Lewes, Sussex.

Severe edge knock over ’17’ rivets replaced between Balaklava and Inkermann clasps, dark toned.

GVF £5,950 SOLD