Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (24 & 25 February 2016)

Date of Auction: 24th & 25th February 2016

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £550 - £650

Four: Quartermaster H. C. Shute, Royal Navy

Baltic 1854-55, unnamed; Crimea 1854-56, 1 clasp, Sebastopol (H. C. Shute, A.B., H.M.S. Bellerophon) contemporary engraved naming, clasp loose on ribbon; China 1857-60, 4 clasps, Fatshan 1857, Canton 1857, Taku Forts 1858, Taku Forts 1860, unnamed, last clasp loose on ribbon; Turkish Crimea 1855, British issue, naming erased, fitted with a ‘British Crimea’ style suspension, edge bruising, contact marks, last good fine; others about very fine (4) £550-650


Henry C. Shute was born in Portsea, Hampshire on 17 February 1835. He entered the Royal Navy as a Boy on Retribution, in February 1853. Promoted to Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class in April 1854. Served on Bellerophon, April 1854-April 1855, being advanced to Able Seaman in December 1854. Served on Hawke, April 1855-May 1856. During the Second China War he served on Opossum, July 1856-January 1861, being advanced to Quartermaster in February 1860. Further service followed at that rating and as Seaman Gunner, serving on Excellent, Sutlej, Racoon and Lord Warden, until discharged ashore on 10 June 1871.

With a quantity of copied research. China with four clasps confirmed on Douglas-Morris roll.