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

Date of Auction: 18th May 2011

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £1,600 - £1,800

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Navarino (Richd. Cobby) edge bruising, otherwise nearly very fine and rare


Richard Cobby, who was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, was an ‘impressed ex-smuggler’ serving as an Able Seaman aboard H.M.S. Asia at Navarino.

Sold with further research, including a copy of the O.M.R.S. Miscellany of Honours (1981) with an article by the late Captain K. J. Douglas-Morris, R.N., which confirms Cobby as one of the seven N.G.S. medal recipients for Navarino who had served as ‘impressed ex-smugglers‘.