A Very scarce Royal Navy Egypt 1882 and QSA group to the Captain of HMS Monarch during the Boer War 1899-1900
Egypt 1882, no clasp ‘ Lieut R D B Bruce, HMS Euphrates’, Queens South Africa 1899, clasp Cape Colony ‘ Capt R L B Bruce. HMS Monarch’, Khedive’s Star 1882, miniatures of Egypt pair
Captain Robert Dalrymple Barwick Bruce was born in 23rd November 1849 in Ripon, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Entered the Royal Navy 11th March 1862
Midshipman service 1862 to 1868 unresearched
Sub Lieutenant- 23rd Nov 1868
Arethusa – 9th June 1869
Royal Alfred – 20th Oct 1869
Royalist- 7th June 1869
Myrmidon – 2nd Dec 1871
Ariadne – 13th Jan 1872
Lieutenant – 30th Dec 1872
Royal Naval College – 26th March 1873
Excellent – 4th Oct 1873
Valiant – 31st Jan 1874
Druid – 17th July 1874
Duke of Wellington – 17th Jan 1877
Euphrates – 25th July 1877
Asia – 18th Dec 1878
Crocodile – 6th Oct 1880
Euphrates – 12th July 1882 – Medals for Egypt 1882 Campaign
Torpedo and gunnery course – 4th Oct 1884
Penelope – 11th April 1885
Commander – 31st Dec 1886
Firefly – 31st Dec 1886
Various training courses – 12th April 1887 to 1890?
Command at Hankow, China station
1st Feb 1892 hospital at Shanghai, then invalided home. 27th June 1892 reported fit for Home Service.
Hearty – 15th Aug 1892
Captain – 1st Jan 1894
Gunnery, Fleet Tactic courses etc – 3rd Feb 1896
Naiad – 8th July 1896
Monarch – 26th Jan 1897 – Medal for service during Boer War 1899-1900
Galatea – 27th April 1900 until died (still Commanding) 3rd Feb 1901
The above extracted from his service record (included in sale) which is a little hard to read so exact dates may be a little off.
HMS Monarch 3rd Class armoured screw battle ship of 8,845 tons. During the Boer War served from the outbreak of the war, having been part of the Cape Squadron during the whole of Captain Bruce’s Command. During the Boer War the ship served between October 1899 and June 1902. Guard ship at Simons Bay during entire period, many of the ship’s compliment serving as part of the Naval Brigade, including during Captain Bruce’s Command. Ships complement received 1262 QSA medals, with 1096 clasps; some no clasp, some multiples. Of these 156 clasps were for Cape Colony.
Captain Bruce died on 3 Feb 1901 ‘in the execution of his duty whilst in command of HMS Galatea at Queen Victoria’s funeral’. He is buried at Haslar Naval Cemetery with Naval Honours. Galatea was an armoured Cruiser 1st Class; late Tentative Types Of Ironclads
A very scarce ships Captain’s QSA medal. 31 Royal Navy ships were entitled to the QSA medal, 5 with no clasp and 7 with less than 20 clasps (including multiple clasp medals) for the entire complement. Of ships’ commanding officers, 43 medals were issued; 10 to Lieutenants, 13 to Commanders and 20 to Captain ranked officers. Of these only 14 Captains were entitled to medals with clasps, 6 with one clasp (including Bruce), 8 with 2 or more.
Captain Bruce was Commanding officer of one of the few ships of the Royal Navy stationed at the Cape at the outbreak of the Boer War.
Condition GVF, very little contact to Egypt from Star and QSA issued after Bruce’s death. Medals nicely toned. Middle initial on QSA ‘L’ rather than ‘D’ but medal roll is a bit messy and looks more like a ‘L’, therefore impressed that way.