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

Date of Auction: 18th May 2011

Sold for £2,000

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Ava (Lieut. Hon. G. J. Cavendish) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, fitted with engraved silver ribbon brooch, a little polished, otherwise good very fine £2200-2500


Ex Alan Hall Collection.

The Hon. George John Cavendish was born in 1796, third son of Richard, second Baron Waterpark, of Waterpark, Co. Cork. He entered the Navy as a First Class Volunteer on board the Elizabeth 74, on the Home station. He became Midshipman of the Poictiers 74, on 26 July 1811, in which ship, on proceeding to the coast of North America, he assisted at the capture, among other vessels, of the American ships-of-war Wasp and Frolic (the latter recently taken by the former). He joined next, in the course of 1814, the Tonnant 80, Captain Alexander Skene, Goliath a cut down 74, Captain Fred Lewis Maitland, and Leander 60, Captain Sir George Ralph Collier. He afterwards transferred, in succession, to the Prince 98, and Queen Charlotte 100, flagships of Sir Edward Thornborough at Portsmouth, Jupiter 50, Captain Henry Meynell, fitting at Plymouth, and Newcastle 60, bearing the flag of Sir Pultney Malcolm at St Helena.

He passed his examination in 1816 and returned home early in 1817, as Acting-Lieutenant of the
Icarus 10, Captain Thomas Barker Devon, and after a further attachment to the Ister 36, flagship of Sir Charles Hamilton, and Carnation 18, Captain Hon. John Gordon, at Newfoundland, was there promoted, 14 July 1818, into the Egeria 24, Captain Robert Rowley. He was next appointed, in November 1818, to the Tamar 26, Captain Hon. John Gordon, at Newfoundland, and, in July 1821, to the Tees 26, Captains Thomas Coe and Frederick Marryat. During the Burmese war, he was sent up the Irrawaddy, with the boats of the Tees under his command, to co-operate with the British forces advancing upon Ava. He attained the rank of Commander in August 1826; became Second Captain in the Winchester 52, to Sir Edward Griffith Colpoys, Commander-in-Chief in the West Indies, in October 1829; was Posted in November 1830, and then returned home a passenger in the Victor 18. He was advanced to the rank of Rear-Admiral in December 1855, and died on 23 October 1865.