The Barrett J. Carr Collection of Boer War Medals

Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £360

Estimate: £280 - £320

Six: Shipwright 1st Class F. Corney, Royal Navy

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902
, no clasp (Car. Crew, H.M.S. Naiad); Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, Somaliland 1902-04 (Car. Crew, H.M.S. Naiad); 1914-15 Star (343471 Shpt. 2, R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (343471 Shpt. 1, R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (343471 Shpt. 2 Cl., H.M.S. Princess Royal), the first two with edge bruising and a little polished, good fine, the remainder generally very fine or better (6) £280-320


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

Frederic Corney was born in Hove, Sussex in May 1881 and entered the Royal Navy in the rate of Carpenter’s Crew in June 1900. He subsequently served aboard H.M.S. Naiad from March 1901 to August 1904, in which period he qualified for his Queen’s South Africa and Africa General Service Medals.

A Shipwright 2nd Class aboard the cruiser Princess Royal by the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, he remained similarly employed for the duration of the War, thereby participating in the actions at Heligoland Bight on 28 August 1914, Dogger Bank on 24 January 1915, and Jutland, in which latter engagement the Princess Royal received several hits and sustained casualties of 22 killed and 78 wounded.

Corney, who was awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in July 1915, was pensioned ashore as a Shipwright 1st Class in June 1922.