Medals for Services at Sea from the Collection of the Late Oliver Stirling Lee

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Date of Auction: 2nd March 2005

Sold for £2,800

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,600

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, 1 June 1794 (James Woodcock) severe edge bruising, otherwise very fine £1400-1600


James Woodcock served as an Ordinary Seaman aboard H.M.S. Royal George in the famous action of 1 June 1794. The flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir Alexander Hood, K.B. - afterwards Viscount Bridport - the Royal George was heavily engaged against the Republican and Sanspareil, and suffered casualties of five men killed and another 45 wounded.

A native of ‘Crail, North Britain’, Woodcock originally volunteered for the Royal Navy in December 1792 and, following several seagoing appointments, was “beached” when the Royal George was paid-off at Cawsand Bay in April 1802.