Medals from the Collection of the late Eric Smith

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Date of Auction: 23rd November 2009


Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Five: Chief Petty Officer F. Moon, Royal Navy, who was wounded at Graspan in November 1899

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 7 clasps, Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (F. Moon, C.P.O., H.M.S. Doris), renamed, impressed naming but a slightly later replacement; 1914-15 Star (100623 F. Moon, C.P.O., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (100623 F. Moon, C.P.O., R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (Francis Moon, P.O. 1 Cl., H.M.S. Pallas), a later replacement, the first and last with contact marks and polished, thus fine, the remainder generally very fine (5) £800-1000


Francis Moon was born in Stoke Damerel, Devon in December 1861 and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in June 1877. Advanced to Ordinary Seaman in H.M.S. Northampton in January 1880, and to Able Seaman whilst on the same ship in June 1881, he gained further promotion in the Cambridge, when appointed Leading Seaman in December 1890 and Petty Officer 1st Class in July 1891. Awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal while serving in the Pallas in the period September 1891 to September 1894, he was confirmed in the rate of Chief Petty Officer in December 1896, shortly before removing to the Doris. He subsequently witnessed extensive action with the Naval Brigade in the Boer War, was wounded at Graspan on 25 November 1899, and qualified for the above described Queen’s Medal with 7 clasps - a duplicate for which was despatched to him in August 1903. Moon was pensioned ashore in 1907 and demobilised in 1909, but saw further active service in the early years of the Great War; sold with copied service record and medal roll extracts.