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 £85
Estimate: £80 - £100
FootnoteJust 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.