The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £260

Estimate: £180 - £220

Five: Victualling Chief Petty Officer S. W. Manning, Royal Navy

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902
, no clasp (S.S.A., H.M.S. Barracouta); 1914-15 Star (342419 S.S., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (342419 V.C.P.O., R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (342419 Sh. Std., H.M.S. Carnarvon), the first with refixed suspension claw, slack suspension post and edge bruising, good fine, the remainder very fine and better (5) £180-220


262 no-clasp Queen’s South Africa Medals were awarded to the ship’s company of H.M.S. Barracouta.

Samuel Welsford Manning was born in Sunderland in January 1884 and entered the Royal Navy as a Ship’s Steward (Boy) in November 1898. He subsequently served in H.M. Ships Gibraltar (March to October 1901) and Barracouta (October 1901 to March 1904), during which periods he was advanced to Ship’s Steward Assistant and witnessed active service off South Africa.

On the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, Manning was serving as a Ship’s Steward aboard the cruiser Carnarvon, in which capacity he remained employed until coming ashore to Vivid I in November 1917. As a consequence, he witnessed action in the South Atlantic in 1914, when the Carnarvon won the Battle Honour “Falklands 1914” and captured a German merchantman on 24 August of the same year. She was later employed on Atlantic convoys.

Manning, who was awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in February 1917, was advanced to Victualling Chief Petty Officer in February 1918 and was pensioned ashore in August 1922.0