Campaign Groups – Pre 1914


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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 £425 Available


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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

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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 £6,950 Available