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A Good china 1900, WW1 Naval group, HMS Prince George at the Dardanelles.


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A Good china 1900, WW1 Naval group, HMS Prince George at the Dardanelles.

China 1900, clasp Relief of Pekin, W.J. Shepherd. A.B., H.M.S. Centurion.; 1914-15 star, War and Victory medal,  184293. W.J. ShepherdP.O. 1, R.N.; Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct medal, 184293 (CH. B. 3002) W.J. Shepherd. P.O. R.F.R.; Imperial Service medal, William John Shepherd.

William John Shepherd was born on the 25th Mat 1880 in Bridge, Kent.

He enlisted on the 12th June 1895 serving until 1919

In China he served on HMS Centurion

HMS Centurion was the lead ship of her class of two pre-dreadnought battleships built for the Royal Navy in the 1890s. Intended for service abroad, they exchanged heavy armour and a powerful armament for high speed and long range to counter the foreign armoured cruisers then being built as commerce raiders and were rated as second-class battleships.

Completed in 1894, Centurion was assigned to the China Station as its flagship. Together with her sister ship, Barfleur, she supported Allied operations during the Boxer Rebellion of 1899–1901 and contributed landing parties to participate in the Battles of the Taku Forts  and of Tientsin. The ship returned home in 1901 to be rebuilt with a more powerful secondary armament.

From 13th July 1914 to 7th October 1915 he served on HMS Prince George, seeing action in the Dardanelles.

H.M.S. Price George

Upon the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, Prince George returned to full commission on 8 August, and briefly was the squadron’s first flagship, until relieved in this role by the battleship Vengeance on 15 August. On 25 August, Prince George covered the passage of the Plymouth Marine Division to Ostend, Belgium, and in September she covered the movement of the British Expeditionary Force from England to France. Prince Georges Channel Fleet service ended in February 1915 when she transferred to the Dardanelles for service in the Dardanelles campaign as a “mine-bumper”. She arrived at Tenedos on 1 March 1915, which would be her base until February 1916. She took part in attacks on Ottoman Turkish forts covering the Turkish Straits on 5 and 18 March. On 3 May, while firing on Turkish batteries, she took a 6-inch (152-mm) hit below the waterline, and returned to Malta for repairs.

Prince George was back in action on 12 and 13 July, supporting French troops with gunfire support from off of Krithia and Achi Baba.

Medals generally NVF, first five mounted on a bar for wearing (pin missing) and last separate on its on wearing pin.