The Late Bruce C Cazel Collection of British Campaign Awards

Date of Auction: 16th November 2009

Sold for £510

Estimate: £340 - £380

Six: Stoker 1st Class James W. Long, Royal Navy

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (Sto., H.M.S. Terrible) small impressed naming; China 1900, no clasp (Sto., H.M.S. Terrible); 1914-15 Star (288522 Sto. 1, R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (288522 Sto. 1, R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (288522 James W. Long, Sto. 1Cl., H.M.S. Kent) first two with contact marks, nearly very fine; others good very fine and better (6)


James William Long was born in South Mimms, Middlesex, on 3 May 1879. A Labourer by occupation, he entered the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class on 16 May 1898. He served on the Terrible, January 1899-October 1902, during which time he saw service off the coasts of South Africa and China; he was promoted to Stoker in April 1899. He attained the rank of Stoker 1st Class when on Victory II in July 1906. Long was released from the Royal Navy on 17 May 1910 and on 18 June joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Portsmouth. Stoker 1st Class Long was recalled for war service in August 1914 and he joined the armoured cruiser Kent on 3 October 1914. Aboard the Kent he saw action at the Battle of the Falkland Islands, 8 December 1914; the Kent being responsible for sinking the German light cruiser Nurnberg. He remained on the Kent until June 1918, being awarded his long service medal in October 1917. Stoker 1st Class Long was demobilised on 25 February 1919. With copied service paper and other research.