The Collection of Medals Formed by Bill and Angela Strong (18 May 2011)

Date of Auction: 18th May 2011

Sold for £800

Estimate: £600 - £800

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, 1 June 1794 (Geo. Gibbons) edge bruise and minor marks, otherwise very fine and better £600-800


George Gibbons served as an Able Seaman aboard the frigate Venus at the ‘Glorious First of June’ 1794. Two other men of this name appear on the Admiralty rolls, both for Syria. There is another medal with this clasp in the Douglas-Morris Collection at the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth.

George Gibbons was born in 1767 at Appleby, Westmorland. He presented himself at the Rendezvous in Sunderland to offer his services to the Crown on 13 April 1793, which means he was aged eighty-two when he claimed his N.G.S. medal.