The Collection of Medals formed by the late Alan Wolfe

Date of Auction: 7th December 2005

Sold for £6,500

Estimate: £4,000 - £5,000

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Trafalgar (James Butters) two minor rim bruises, otherwise good very fine



James Butters is confirmed as an Ordinary Seaman aboard H.M.S. Achilles at the battle of Trafalgar.

Achilles was in the lee column and closely followed the Colossus into action. She was heavily engaged during the battle, firstly with the Spanish ships Montanez and Argonauta, and then, having fought the Argonauta to a supposed surrender after nearly an hour’s close action, fell in with the French Berwick which in turn was defeated after another hour’s fighting. The loss in the Achilles amounted to seventy-two killed and wounded.