A Collection of Naval General Service Medals 1793-1840

Date of Auction: 18th June 2020

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £1,600 - £2,000

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Basque Roads 1809 (Chas. Harvey) with silver buckle brooch bar, minor edge nicks,dark toned, good very fine £1,600-£2,000


Charles Harvey came from Barnstable, Devon. He first enlisted in to the Royal Navy in December 1804, serving on H.M.S. Pallas. He joined H.M.S. Imperieuse in October 1806 and remained with her until August 1814 when he was discharged to H.M.S. Glasgow, on which ship he served until January 1815. Harvey served as an Ordinary Seaman aboard H.M.S. Imperieuse in the action off Basque Roads, 11/12 April 1809. He was promoted to Captain of the Fore-top in March 1811 and Boatswain’s Mate in September 1814.

H.M.S. Imperieuse was a 38 gun, fifth-rate ship. Formerly the Spanish ship Medea, she was captured in 1804, briefly renamed Iphigenia before being named Imperieuse in 1805. Six officers and 18 ratings from the ship received the clasp for Basque Roads. A total of 551 clasps awarded. One other Charles Harvey appears in the published N.G.S. roll - to a Private in the Royal Marines awarded a two clasp medal for 1 ‘June 1794’ and ‘Nile’.

With a quantity of copied muster extracts.