A Collection of Medals to Offices and Ratings of H.M.S. Penelope
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Date of Auction: 4th December 2008
Sold for £110
Estimate: £80 - £100
FootnoteJust 24 Egypt & Sudan Medals without clasp were awarded to Penelope’s crew.
John Henry Searl was born in Devonport in November 1855, the son of a rating serving in H.M.S. Hogue, and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 1st Class in January 1873. A Signalman 2nd Class by the time of his service aboard the Penelope (August 1882 to February 1883), he was finally pensioned ashore as a Leading Signalman in June 1899 and died in January 1911; sold with a file of research, including copied service record and birth & death certificates.