Single Campaign Medals – Pre 1902
Naval General Service Medal 1793 – 1840 clasp Syria to Private William Creek, Royal Marines a former Groom from Great St Mary, Cambridge who also served with the Royal Marine Battalion of the Naval Brigade in the Crimea, awarded the Crimea Medal clasps Balaklava and Sebastopol.
Naval General Service Medal 1793 – 1840 clasp Syria
Unique name on the NGS Medal roll, with copy service papers.
William Creek was born in Great St Mary, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire an 18 year 10 month old Groom he attested for the Royal Marines29th September 1834 at Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk and joined Chatham Division. His service afloat is recorded as HMS Asia 26th March 1836 to 10th April 1841 including operations off the coast of Syria from 10th September 1840 until the surrender of Acre on 4th November 1840 and blockade of the Egyptian ports during September to December 1840, HMS Scout 23rd June 1841 to 8th August 1845, HMS Crocodile 21st October 1846 to 18th September 1847, HMS Ganges 17th May 1848 to 27th January 1852 and HMS Queen 18th October 1853 to 15th August 1856. Landed in the Crimea as part of the Royal Marine Battalion of the Naval Brigade, he also received the Crimea Medal clasps Balaklava and Sebastopol as well as the St Jean D’Acre Medal in Copper and the Turkish Crimea Medal, all of which were issued unnamed to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
Discharged from the Royal Marines at Chatham due to length of service and his own request 2nd December 1856 after 22 years and 4 days service of which 1 year and two months being under age. Not awarded a Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. The 1871 census records he is a 55 year old Marine Pensioner residing with his 32 year old wife Catherine a Laundress at 9 Prospect Row, St Andrew The Less, Cambridge, he died in 1876.
Edge knock at 5 o’clock reverse, moderate contact wear.
VF £1,100 Available
New Zealand Medal 1860-66 undated reverse, Private, 2nd Battalion 18th Foot (Royal Irish).
New Zealand Medal 1860-66 undated reverse
332 Pte J O’Neil 2/18 Foot
With copy Medal roll entry.
John O’Neill took part in the 1865 expedition.
East coast hostilities erupted in April 1865 and, as in the Second Taranaki War, sprang from Māori resentment of punitive government land confiscations coupled with the embrace of radical Pai Marire expression. Christianity arrived on the east coast from Taranaki in early 1865. The subsequent ritual killing of missionary Carl Volkner by Pai Marie (or Hauhau) followers at Opotiki on 2nd March 1865 sparked settler fears of an outbreak of violence and later that year the New Zealand government launched a lengthy expedition to hunt for Volkner’s killers and neutralise the movement’s influence. Rising tensions between Pai Mārire followers and conservative Māori led to a number of wars between and within Māori iwi, with kūpapa armed by the government in a bid to exterminate the movement. Major conflicts within the campaign included the cavalry and artillery attack on Te Tarata pā near Opotiki in October 1865 in which about 35 Māori were killed, and the seven-day siege of Waerenga-a-Hika in November 1865.The government confiscated northern parts of Urewera land in January 1866 in a bid to break down supposed Māori support for Volkner’s killers and confiscated additional land in Hawke’s Bay a year later after a rout of a Māori party it deemed a threat to the settlement of Napier.
Later small impressed naming style, no record of a duplicate issue on the medal roll so assumed a late claim as O’Neill was discharged from the Army 2nd August 1870.
NEF £495 Available
Queen’s Mediterranean Medal, Private, Yorkshire Light Infantry
Queen’s Mediterranean Medal
7348 Pte J W Hall Yorks LI
Private Hall served with the 3rd (Militia) Battalion Yorkshire Light Infantry. Two slight ek’s therefore
GVF £325 Available