A Collection of Medals to Offices and Ratings of H.M.S. Penelope

Date of Auction: 4th December 2008

Sold for £85

Estimate: £80 - £100

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, no clasp (J. T. Stafford, Sign. 2 Cl., H.M.S. Penelope) edge nicks, good very fine £80-100

Footnote

Just 24 Egypt & Sudan Medals without clasp were awarded to Penelope’s crew.

John Thomas Stafford was born in Wandsworth, London and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in August 1875. A Signalman 2nd Class by the time of his service aboard H.M.S. Penelope (July 1881 to February 1883), he purchased his discharge for £12 at Sydney in December 1885, following several stints in the cells; sold with a file of research, including copied service record.