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Nice RN group with QSA, Somaliland 02-04, 1915 trio and LSGC


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Queen’s South Africa, no clasp; Africa General Service, clasp ‘Somaliland 1902-04’, 1914-15 trio, Naval LSGC, George V, 1st type .

to – W. A. Spurgin, Boy 1 Cl., HMS Naiad (on QSA), W. Spurgin A.B. HMS Naiad (on AGS); 206615 L.S. on Star; P.O. on BWM and Victory; Ldg. Smn, HMS Egmont, on LSGC – a 1917 award.

All correct on rolls.

Service papers show born South Stokeham, Kent, in 1884 and enlisted in 1903. Served right through to 1920 when discharged invalid to Chatham Hospital with astigmatism.

On Wildfire, Cyclamen and Egmont during WW1 – was aboard Cyclamen when she  attacked and damaged an Italian (i.e. allied!) submarine in 1917.

Later lived in Uxbridge (diesel engine driver) and died around 1965.

First two medals with contact marking VF/Fine; 1915 trio about NEF and LSGC with a little light contacting, VF.

Fitted in a sliding-topped wooden box presumably made by the recipient  – rather DIY !

WITH : a single British War Medal (NEF) to Pte. Betram Spurgin, who was killed in action on 21st Nov. 1917 serving with the 10th Rifle Brigade and commemorated on Cambrai Memorial. Entitled to Victory Medal.

On 5 February 1918 the 10th RB was disbanded at La Clytte, having sustained very heavy casualties during the latter stage of the Battle of Cambrai, November 1917.

Census records show that the recipients were brothers.