Long Service Medals from the Collection formed by John Tamplin

Date of Auction: 4th December 2008

Sold for £900

Estimate: £350 - £400

Four: Lieutenant Frank Robinson Blair, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

1914-15 Star (Lieut., R.N.V.R.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. oak leaf (Lieut., R.N.V.R.); Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R., with Second Award Clasp (6 C.P.O., R.N.V.R.) mounted court style for wear, very fine and better, rare (4) £350-400


Only 65 R.N.V.R. L.S. & G.C. medals awarded during the reign of Edward VII, of which 8 subsequently had clasps.

Frank Robinson Blair was awarded the R.N.V.R. L.S. & G.C. Medal on 20 December 1910. During the Great War he was granted a Temporary Commission as a Sub-Lieutenant on 15 January 1915. From 29 January 1915 he was appointed to command the yacht Maire of the Motor Boat Reserve. This vessel he commanded as the only officer aboard for a total of three years. On 28 July 1915 he was promoted to Lieutenant on the Permanent List of the R.N.V.R. In March 1918 he was borne as an Additional for special service on the submarine depot ship H.M.S. Pactolus. For his services in the war, Blair was mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 24 May 1919) ‘for services in the Auxiliary Patrol between 1st July and 11th November 1918’. Lieutenant Blair was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 29 July 1919 when he was demobilised. He was awarded a Bar to his L.S. & G.C. Medal on 18 January 1922.