The John Nicholson Collection of medals to men who fought in the Kaffir Wars of 1834-53

Date of Auction: 25th September 2019


Estimate: £500 - £550

Pair: Ordinary Seaman William Ocock, Royal Navy

South Africa 1834-53 (W. Ocock, Ordinary.); India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Pegu (Wm. Ocock. Ordy. “Hermes”) together with a related Great War Victory Medal (T2-13848 Dvr. G. E. Ocock, A.S.C,) the first two with light contact marks, otherwise nearly very fine or better (3) £500-£550


William Ocock was born at Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 27 March 1826, and entered the Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in H.M.S. Camperdown on 24 January 1841. on 12 January 1850. He was advanced to Ordinary Seaman in April 1844 and subsequently served aboard Queen, Trafalgar, and Ocean, in the last ship as Armourer for 9 months, then Leading Seaman for 6 months before reverting to Stoker, in which rate he entered Hermes on 12 January 1850. He earned both his medals in Hermes, being advanced to Ordinary Seaman in June 1851 and back to Stoker in September 1853, and was discharged to Fishguard as supernumerary on 11 June 1854, but entered in Jackal from that date until his discharge to shore on 30 June 1856. Sold with copied record of service and other research.