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Royal Navy Naval General Service Medal Two Clasps – 14 March 1795, and Egypt

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Royal Navy Naval General Service Medal Two Clasps – 14 MARCH 1795, Egypt

To: GEORGE GRIFFITHS.’. 

14 MARCH 1795 serving as any on  ST GEORGE

EGYPT  – serving as a Landsman on MONMOUTH

SCARCE Combination – Only two medals awarded with this clasp combination

Landsman George Griffiths is confirmed as receiving the NGS with two clasps. On the 14th March 1795 he was serving as a Ships Boy on the 98 gun ship of the line HMS St.George. On this day the Admiral Hothan gave chase to the French Fleet and engaged them off Genoa resulting in the capture of two French ships of the Line. Six years later in 1801 now serving as a Landsman onboard HMS Monmouth he was awarded the Egypt clasp. 

The bar 14th March, 1795 was awarded for The Battle of Genoa, a Nelson action. The Battle of Genoa (also known as the Battle of Cape Noliand in French as Bataille de Gênes) was a naval battle fought between French and allied Anglo-Neapolitan forces on 14 March 1795 in the Gulf of Genoa, a large bay in the Ligurian Seaoff the coast of the Republic of Genoa, during the French Revolutionary Wars. HMS St George was a 98-gun second rate ship in the rear squadron. Flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir Hyde Parker and captained by Thomas Foley. In the battle, casualties were 4 killed, 13 wounded.

HMS St. George was also present at The Battle of the Hyères Islands, a naval engagement fought been a combined British and Neapolitan fleet and the FrenchMediterranean Fleet on 13 July 1795 during the French Revolutionary Wars. This was a Nelson action. HMS St George was not actively engaged. No bar awarded for this action.

HMS Monmouth was a 64-gun third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 23 April 1796 at Rotherhithe. Monmouth sailed for the Mediterranean in June 1801. She therefore came to share in the proceeds of the capture of the Almas di Purgatoria off Alexandria on 28 July. Because Monmouth served in the navy’s Egyptian campaign (8 March to 8 September 1801), her officers and crew qualified for the clasp “Egypt” to the Naval General Service Medal that the Admiralty authorised in 1850 for all surviving claimants.

Two men of this name received the NGS. One example with single clasp ‘Syria’ and this two clasp example which was sold by Spink 1946 and Christie’s 1988.