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Campaign Groups and Pairs 203 Four: Painter First Class W. J. Rundle, Royal Navy


1914-15 Star (340296, W. J. Rundle, Ptr.1., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (340296 W. J. Rundle. Ptr.1. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (340296 W. J. Rundle, Painter 1Cl, H.M.S. Challenger) very fine (4)


£120-£160


William John Rundle was born at Saltash, Devon on 17 March 1873 and commenced his naval service as a Painter 2nd Class on 2 August 1894, serving in H.M.S. Vivid II. He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in September 1909, and was paid a war gratuity for service in H.M.S. Pomone. He was de-mobilised in March 1920.


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Four: Shipwright First Class A. H. Smith, Royal Navy


1914-15 Star (341997, A. H. Smith, Shpt. 1., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (341997 A. H. Smith. Shpt. 2. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (341997 A. H. Smith. Shpt. 2Cl. H.M.S. Naiad:) contact marks, generally very fine (4)


£100-£140


Arthur Henry Smith was born in Honiton Devon, on 31 July 1879, and he commenced naval service as a Carpenters Crewman on 18 March 1898. He served in several ships including H.M.S. Hecla, H.M.S. Duke of Wellington and H.M.S. Triumph. He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in April 1913, and in 1918 he was seconded for a period to the New Zealand Naval Force. He was demobilised on 23 April 1920.


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Three: Stoker First Class W. C. Ansell, Royal Navy, who was killed in action serving with H.M.S. Good Hope at the Battle of Coronel, 1 November 1914


1914-15 Star (S.S. 102841, W. C. Ansell. Sto. 1, R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (SS.102841 W. C. Ansell. Sto. 1. R.N.) mounted for display, generally very fine or better (6)


£200-£300


William Christopher Ansell was born in Southampton, Hampshire in December 1887. He joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class in September 1906, and advanced to Stoker 1st Class in July 1907. Ansell served with the armoured cruiser H.M.S. Good Hope during the Great War, and was killed in action serving with her at the Battle of Coronel, 1 November 1914.


Early in August 1914 a force, consisting of the old armoured cruisers Good Hope and Monmouth, the light cruiser Glasgow and the armed merchant cruiser Otranto, all under the command of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, R.N., was sent to protect the southern trade routes and to intercept German cruisers operating on the high seas. In October 1914 the squadron was reinforced by the addition of the old battleship Canopus but reports of the ship’s lack of speed led the admiral to leave her behind as he searched for the German East Asiatic Squadron. The German squadron, commanded by Admiral Graf von Spee consisted of the armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the light cruisers Leipzig, Nurnberg and Dresden. Both admirals became aware of the proximity of the other on 31 October. At 6.40 p.m. on 1 November the squadrons made contact off Coronel, Chile and at 7.04 p.m. the battle opened at a range of 11,500 yards. As the German ships had a greater number of heavier guns, Cradock’s tactics were to close the range to allow his ships’ more numerous smaller calibre guns to come into play; this however was partly negated by the rough seas and high speeds which prevented many of the British armoured cruisers’ casement guns being brought into action. The British armoured cruisers were repeatedly hit as the range was reduced. As the range reduced to 5,500 yards, the Good Hope was on fire in several places and in a bad way. Endeavouring to reduce the range even further, so as to be able to fire torpedoes in a last ditch attempt to do damage to his adversary, the ship was repeatedly hit by heavy calibre shells and at 7.53 Good Hope blew up, taking the Admiral and all hands with her. At about 9.30 the Monmouth too was hunted down and sunk; the Glasgow and Otranto were able to make their escape under the cover of darkness.


Stoker 1st Class Ansell is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.


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Six: Stoker First Class W. H. Fleet, Royal Navy


1914-15 Star (S.S. 111981 W. H. Fleet. Sto 1 R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (S.S. 111981 W. H. Fleet. Sto. 1. R. N.); 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal 1939-45, mounted for display, very fine (6)


£50-£70


William Henry Fleet was born in Caterham, Surrey in March 1894. He joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class in April 1912, and advanced to Stoker 1st Class in July 1913. Fleet served with H.M.S. Hyacinth (cruiser), February 1913 - November 1917, during which time she was employed to blockade the Königsberg in German East Africa, and sank two German vessels attempting to break the blockade.


Fleet transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve in June 1919, and was demobilised in June 1921.


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Three: Stoker First Class A. G. Grant, Royal Navy 1914-15 Star (SS. 105521, A. G. Grant, Sto. 1., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (SS. 105521 A. G. Grant. Sto. 1. R. N.) mounted for display, very fine


Three: Able Seaman W. J. Cockett, Royal Navy 1914-15 Star (J. 23397, W. J. Cockett, Ord., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (J. 23397 W. J. Cockett. A.B. R.N.) nearly very fine (6)


£80-£100


Arthur George Grant was born in Westbury, Wiltshire in June 1889. He joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class in August 1907, and advanced to Stoker 1st Class in September 1908. Grant served with H.M.S. Magnificent (battleship), July - October 1914, and H.M. S. Drake (cruiser), February 1916 - October 1917 - during which time he survived the sinking of the latter vessel by the German submarine U-79. Grant was demobilised in August 1919.


William John Cockett was born in Plaistow, London in February 1897. He joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in March 1913, and advanced to Able Seaman in April 1916. Cockett served with H.M.S. Achilles (cruiser), March 1914 - August 1918, during which time she, in partnership with H.M.S. Dundee, sank S.M.S. Leopard north of the Shetlands (16 March 1917). Cockett transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve in February 1927.


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