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
FootnoteJames 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.