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Campaign Groups and Pairs 259 Three: Sick Berth Chief Petty Officer R. Talboys, Royal Navy


British War and Victory Medals (M.3524 R. Talboys, 2. S.B.S. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 2nd issue, fixed suspension (M.3524 R. Talboys. S.B.P.O. H.M.S. Pembroke.) light contact marks, very fine and better (3)


£60-£80


Richard Talboys was born in Wantage, Berkshire, on 15 November 1891 and enlisted in the Royal Navy on 8 September 1911, as a Probationary Sick Berth Attendant in H.M.S. Pembroke I, giving his trade as groom. He served in H.M.S. Wildfire from 1914 until 1916 followed by six months in H.M.S. Prince George, before he was subsequently drafted to H.M.S. Blonde until 1919. Post-War he mainly served at H.M.S. Pembroke and the Royal Naval Hospital Chatham. He was advanced to Leading Sick Berth Attendant in August 1920 and Sick Berth Petty Officer in April 1924, and was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1926. He was appointed to H.M.S. Ganges as a Sick Berth Chief Petty Officer in February 1929. Shore pensioned in September 1933 he was recalled for service during the Second World War, serving again at H.M.S. Ganges, before being released in July 1945.


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Pair: Able Seaman R. C. Coleman, Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Reserve, who was Commended for Bravery and Coolness in Mine Disposal during the Second World War


British War Medal 1914-20 (J.27863 R. C. Coleman. A.B., R.N.); Royal Fleet Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (J.27863 (Po.B.16304) R. C. Coleman A.B. R.F.R.) contact marks and slack suspension to BWM, therefore good fine, the LS&GC better


£80-£120


Robert Charles Coleman was born in Rainford, Essex, on 26 July 1896 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 29 October 1913. Advanced Able Seaman on 26 April 1915, he served throughout the Great War in a variety of ships and shore based establishments, including H.M.S. Royalist from 19 March 1915 to 30 September 1916, and H.M.S. Druid from 23 December 1916 to 31 July 1917. He was shore discharged on 25 July 1926, and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve the following day.


Recalled for service during the Second World War, he was Commended for his ‘bravery and coolness’ (London Gazette 9 June 1942)- Seedie’s records that this was for Mine Disposal.


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Seven: Able Seaman S. L. Pert, Royal Navy, a veteran of the Great War, who went on to serve during the Second War with the light cruiser H.M.S. Emerald as the flagship of the ‘Fast Group’ of the Eastern Fleet


British War and Victory Medals (J.80670 S. L. Pert. Boy. 1 R.N.); 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Pacific Star; War Medal 1939-45; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 3rd issue, coinage head (J.80670 S. L. Pert. A.B. H.M.S. Nelson.) heavy contact marks to the Great War awards, and to a lesser extent the L.S.& G.C., good fine and better (7)


£160-£200


Sidney Lawrence Pert was born in Tottenham, London, on 1 August 1901, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 13 November 1917. He served during the Great War in H.M.S. Impregnable from that date to 5 July 1918, and in H.M.S. Colossus (battleship) from 6 July 1918 to 3 February 1919. Advanced Able Seaman on 16 December 1920, Pert was injured on 12 October 1925 in H.M.S. Furious whilst securing the Forecastle guard rail. He served in H.M.S. Nelson from 1 September 1932 to 3 January 1935, and was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in October 1934.


Pert’s subsequent service included with the light cruiser H.M.S. Emerald, July 1939 - April 1943. She was initially employed during the Second War as part of the 12th Cruiser Squadron on Northern Patrol duties. With Augustus Agar, V.C. as her captain, the Emerald was then employed on Atlantic convoy escort duty, before transferring for service in the Indian Ocean in 1941. She was employed on escort duties for troop convoys in the Middle East prior to joining the Eastern Fleet as the flagship of the ‘Fast Group’ in March 1942. The Emerald returned to the UK for a refit in August 1942, Pert transferred to H.M.S. Victory in April 1943. Subsequent service included at the Coastal Force Bases H.M.S. Hornet and Midge. Pert was released from service in September 1945.


Sold with the named card box of issue for the Second War awards, addressed to ‘Mr. Sidney Pert, 63 Cleveland Gardens, Barnes, London, S.W.13’; the recipient’s Parchment Certificate of Service; Torpedo History Sheet; Certificate of Wounds and Hurts, this slightly torn; and copied medal roll extracts.


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Pair: Signalman E. Hammond, Royal Navy, who was killed in action during the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916, when H.M.S Defence exploded after being hit by two salvoes from SMS Derfflinger and several other German battleships, and sank with the loss of all hands


British War and Victory Medals (J.23834 E. Hammond. Sig. R.N.) BWM officially re-impressed, generally good very fine (2)


£70-£90


Ernest Hammond was born in Peckham, London, on 13 August 1896, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 12 March 1913. He served during the Great War in H.M.S. Defence from 1 October 1914, was advanced Signalman on 15 September 1915, and was killed in action whilst serving in H.M.S. Defence at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916. The Defence was the flagship of Rear- Admiral Sir Robert Arbuthnot, and led the First Cruiser Squadron during the battle. She was engaged by the German battlecruiser S.M.S. Derfflinger and several other battleships, resulting in her being hit by two salvoes which caused the detonation of a magazine and surrounding ammunition. The Defence exploded, with the loss of all hands. Hammond is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.


263 Three: Yeoman Signaller A. J. L. Potter, Royal Navy


British War Medal 1914-20 (127111. A. J. L. Potter. Y.S. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension, impressed naming (A. J. L. Potter, Yeo. Sig., H.M.S. Victory.); Italy, Kingdom, Royal Household Memorial Medal, by Regia Zecca, silver, unnamed as issued, nearly extremely fine (3)


£140-£180


Alfred Joseph Leon Potter was born in London on 7 June 1868 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 4 April 1884. Advanced Yeoman of Signals on 27 October 1892, he served in H.M.S. Victory from 14 August 1902 to 18 November 1903, and was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 11 February 1903. He transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve on 9 July 1906, but was recalled for service during the Great War, and served throughout the War in H.M.S. Dolphin. He was finally shore demobilised on 8 February 1919.


Potter was awarded the Italian Royal Household Medal on the occasion of the visit of H.M. the King of Italy to the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert, where he served as part of the escorting Squadron.


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