Orders, Decorations and Medals (12 May 2015)

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Date of Auction: 12th May 2015

Sold for £600

Estimate: £700 - £800

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Syria (J. E. Price, Clerk.) second initial officially re-impressed, good very fine £700-800


John Edward Price entered the navy as a Boy aboard the Tweed in August 1835, later becoming a Clerk’s Assistant. Tweed left Lisbon on 2 August as part of a small squadron for the Gambia to settle some unrest in that area. In July 1836 she was off St Sebastian supporting the British Legion during the Carlist War. He was Clerk in Clio in May and June 1839; Clerk’s Assistant in Gorgon, July 1839; and in the same rank in Phoenix from August 1839. He joined Hydra as Clerk in June 1840, taking part in the operations off and on the coast of Syria. His commission as Clerk was dated 5 October 1842, and he served as such in H.M. Ships Queen, Locust, Savage, and Crocodile until 19 October 1849, when he became a Purser & Paymaster and was promoted out of the latter ship into the Contest. He was admitted to Haslar Hospital in December 1849 and does not appear to have again gone to sea. He retired in February 1854. Sold with copied extracts from ship’s musters and description books.