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RN group – AGS “Somaliland 1908-10”, 1915 Trio and Messina Earthquake


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Africa General Service, clasp “Somaliland 1908-10”, 1914 Star, British War Medal, Messina Earthquake 1908.

to – 224107 R. G. Washington, A.B., HMS Philomel (on AGS), same but single initial “R” on Trio; Messina award unnamed.

Rupert George Washington was born in Dukinfield, Ches., in 1887 and enlisted into RN in 1905.

Served on HMS Philomel 1908-09, including service in the Messina Earthquake in Jan. 1908 [only 35 medals to ship – the smallest number to RN vessel] and off Somaliland, 1908-09.

During WW1 he served on a variety of UK shore bases and on the base at Gibraltar, HMS Cormorant 1917-19, including service aboard TB 97.

Discharged June 1919 and joined RFR and demobbed from that in 1921.

Sold with a good file of research, copied papers, census details etc.

Messina medal with contact marks and a few tiny edge nicks; Somaliland with light contacting and one small edge knock; trio in about NEF condition.

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Weight 675 kg