Naval Abyssinia – Navigating Lieutenant. (A Scarce Rank to find on this medal)
Abyssinia, Navg Lieut, J. Harry H.M.S. Spiteful
James Harry was born in 1836 and entered the service on the 13th December 1859 from the Merchant service and served until February 1880
Served on various ships during this time, including Industry, Spiteful, Duke of Wellington, Indus, Lord Clyde, Black Prince, Aurora etc. all giving him good references; he served initially as 2nd Master, then Master ending up as Navigating Lieutenant from November 1865.
Correct on medal roll, and this his only medal entitlement.
The Rank of Navigating Lieutenant lasted from 1867 to c.1890; this would therefore be the first medal to have this rank on it. Other examples have seldom occurred on the market.
Condition – VF