Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 February 1998)

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Date of Auction: 25th February 1998

Sold for £1,900

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 2 clasps, 12 October 1798, Trafalgar (Alexr. Patterson) forename officially corrected, otherwise good very fine £1200-1500


Only 78 clasps issued for the attempted invasion of Ireland, 12 October, 1798. Alexander Patterson is confirmed on the roll for both clasps as an Ordinary Seaman. He served aboard H.M.S. Canada in 1798 and aboard H.M.S. Bellerophon at the battle of Trafalgar. Bellerophon suffered very heavily at Trafalgar with total casualties of 150, including her Captain, John Cooke, who was killed. Only Colossus had higher casualties. Sold with photocopies of Napoleon boarding Bellerophon, and of Bellerophon at Torbay.