Orders, Decorations and Medals (21 September 2007)

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Date of Auction: 21st September 2007

Sold for £290

Estimate: £260 - £300

Three: Ship’s Corporal 1st Class C. R. Orchard, Royal Navy

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 1 clasp, Alexandria 11th July (Sh. Corpl. 2 Cl., H.M.S. Temeraire); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension (Sh. Corpl. 1st Cl., H.M.S. Britannia), impressed naming; Khedive’s Star, 1882, unnamed, slight edge bruising and contact marks, nearly very fine (3) £260-300


Charles Robert Orchard was born in St. Sidwells, Exeter, on 19 January 1855. He entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 1st Class and Bugler in January 1873 and was advanced to Ordinary Seaman in March the same year. He served on the Northumberland, October 1873-July 1875 and Black Prince, July 1875-October 1877, being promoted to Able Seaman in February 1876. He was rated as Ship’s Corporal 2nd Class in November 1880 when on the Royal Adelaide. He joined the Temeraire in September 1881 and saw service at the bombardment of Alexandria in July 1882. Whilst on the ship, he was promoted to Ship’s Corporal 1st Class in November 1882. Orchard served on the Britannia, February 1883-August 1891. He was pensioned ashore in January 1893. Sold with copied service papers.