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Campaign Groups and Pairs 229


Four: Captain W. P. Townshend, Royal Naval Reserve and Mercantile Marine, who was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Medal in bronze for attempting to save life in Cape Town harbour in 1900


1914-15 Star (Lieut. W. P. Townshend. R.N.R.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaves (Lt. Commr. W. P. Townshend. R.N.R.); Royal Naval Reserve Decoration, G.V.R., silver and silver-gilt, hallmarks for London 1920, unnamed, mounted as worn, good very fine (4)


£240-£280


William Pearson Townshend was born in London in 1875 and entered the Mercantile Marine, being employed by the Peninsula and Oriental Steamship Company. He was awarded the Royal Humane Society’s bronze medal (unsuccessful) in 1900 for attempting to save life in Cape Town Harbour in 1900- a man by the name of Bannard had been lost overboard and Townshend, who was asleep at the time, rushed on deck and got into a small boat. He dived four times but could not find Bannard


Townshend passed his Master’s Certificate in 1903, and was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve on 9 July 1904. He was promoted Lieutenant on 13 December 1907, and served during the Great War in H.M.S. Pembroke, H.M.S. Edgar, and H.M.S. Queen Victoria. He was promoted Lieutenant-Commander on 13 December 1915, and for his services during the Great War was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Russian Order of St. Anne, 2nd Class. Promoted Commander on 31 December 1920, he relinquished his commission in the Reserve on 31 December 1925, being granted the honorary rank of Captain. Remaining in the Mercantile Marine, he was awarded the Greek Naval Merit of Meal in silver in 1932 for his role in the rescue of the crew of the Greek steamer Theodoros Bulgaris, whilst in command of the P. & O. Steamer Viceroy of India, in the Bay of Biscay. He finally retired in 1935.


Sold with copied research. 230


Three: Lieutenant E. Halloway, Royal Naval Reserve, who was permanently blinded and taken prisoner of War when his ship, the S.S. Craftsman, was sunk by a German raider in the mid-Atlantic on 9 April 1941


1914-15 Star (Lieut. E. Halloway, R.N.R.); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut. E. Halloway. R.N.R.) in flattened named card boxes of issue, extremely fine (3)


£200-£240


Ernest Halloway was born in Maryport on 22 August 1880 and served in the Mercantile Marine. He was commissioned Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve on 15 December 1914 and saw active service throughout the Great War in the mine-carrier H.M.S. Harden. He saw further service during the Second World War as Captain of the S.S. Craftsman, and was taken Prisoner of War on 9 April 1941, when the Craftsman was destroyed by a German surface raider 800 miles west of Dakar, Senegal, in the mid-Atlantic- during the 10 minute gun battle Holloway was blinded by flying sand from sandbags he had deployed on the bridge, along with wood splinters. Held for the remainder of the War in various German P.O.W. Hospitals, he was repatriated at the end of the War, and died in 1952.


Sold with copied research, including a detailed account of the loss of the Craftsman. 231 Four: Sergeant W. H. White, Royal Marine Artillery


1914-15 Star (R.M.A. 6725, Gr. W. H. White.); British War and Victory Medals (R.M.A. 6725 Act. Sgt. W. H. White.); Royal Fleet Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (R.M.A. 6725 B.572 W. H. White. Gr. R.F.R.) mounted for display, very fine (4)


£100-£140


William Henry White was born in Walworth, London in December 1877. He joined the Royal Marine Artillery as a Private in June 1897, and advanced to Gunner in September 1898. White served with H.M.S. Euryalus (cruiser), August 1914 - December 1916, during which time she was present at the Battle of Heligoland Bight, and took part in the Dardanelles Campaign.


232 Three: Nursing Sister J. J. Bowman, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service


1914-15 Star (Nursing Sister J. J. Bowman, Q.A.R.N.N.S.); British War and Victory Medals (N.Sister J. J. Bowman, Q.A.R. N.N.S.) good very fine (3)


£300-£400


Jane Johnston Bowman was born in the Gorbals, Lanarkshire, on 13 May 1881. She qualified in nursing at the London Hospital, and joined the Q.A.R.N.N.S as a Nursing Sister on 2 October 1911. She served at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, before transferring to the Royal Naval Hospital Chatham in January 1913. In August 1914 she was appointed to the R.N. Hospital Ship China until returning to Chatham in February 1915. She saw subsequent war service at the Royal Naval Hospital Plymouth, and at Malta until 20 May 1919, when she was posted back to the Royal Naval Hospital Chatham.


Sold with copied research. 233 Three: Sapper G. Spencer, Hampshire Fortress Company, Royal Engineers


1914-15 Star (1229, Spr. G. Spencer, R.E.); British War and Victory Medals (1229, Spr. G. Spencer, R.E.) minor edge nicks, very fine (3)


£50-£70


George Spencer served with the Royal Engineers in France from 20 October 1915. He was given long number 518495 which is part of the block allocated to Hampshire Fortress Company R.E. (T) from which he was discharged ‘services no longer required’ on 14 December 1918. Sold with copied Medal Index Card and medal roll extracts.


234 Six: Sergeant R. Bartlett, Grenadier Guards, later Corps of Military Police


1914-15 Star (17990 Pte R. J. Bartlett. G. Gds:); British War and Victory Medals (17990 Pte. R. J. Bartlett. G. Gds.); Defence Medal; Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 3rd issue, Regular Army (7683478 Cpl. R. J. C. Bartlett. C. Of. M.P.); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R., 3rd issue (3473 Sjt. R. J. C. Bartlett. C.M.P.) Great War awards worn, otherwise generally very fine (6)


£140-£180


Reginald Bartlett was ‘a former MFP and CMP NCO of 1921-39 vintage. Reg’s service covered tours with the first BAOR and in Singapore, and he was a member of the RMPA since 1939.’ (Journal refers). Bartlett is mentioned in the History of the Corps of Military Police, and died in May 1974.


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