Medals from the Collection of the late Eric Smith

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Date of Auction: 23rd November 2009

Sold for £390

Estimate: £350 - £400

Five: Chief Petty Officer G. H. West, Royal Navy

China 1900, 1 clasp, Relief of Pekin (G. H. West, A.B., H.M.S. Orlando); 1914-15 Star (192030 G. H. West, P.O., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (192030 G. H. West, Act. C.P.O., R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (192030 G. H. West, P.O., H.M.S. Assistance), minor official correction to rate on first, contact marks and edge bruising, generally about very fine or better (5) £350-400


George Henry West was born in Alverstoke, Hampshire in April 1881 and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in January 1897. Advanced to Able Seaman during his time aboard H.M.S. Orlando in the period February 1899 to July 1900, he was also present in the relief of Pekin operations in the same period, and had risen to the rate of Petty Officer by the time of being awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in May 1914 in the repair ship Assistance. And he appears to have remained similarly employed throughout the Great War, prior to being pensioned ashore in July 1921.