The John Chidzey Collection

Date of Auction: 28th March 2012

Sold for £390

Estimate: £250 - £300

South Africa 1877-79, no clasp (S. J. Robins. Engr. R.N. H.M.S. “Himalaya”) good very fine £250-300


Samuel John Robins was born on 5 April 1851 and was appointed Assistant Engineer in the Royal Navy, 24 July 1872; Engineer, June 1877; Chief Engineer, August 1885; Staff Engineer, August 1889; Fleet Engineer, August 1893; Inspector of Machinery, April 1900; Chief Inspector of Machinery, later Engineer Rear-Admiral (Bermuda Yard), April 1902. Passed Special Course at the Royal School of Naval Architecture, and the R.N. College, Greenwich. Engineer of Himalaya during the war against the Zulus in South Africa, 1877 to 1879 (Medal).