A Collection of Queen’s South Africa Medals to the Royal Navy
Date of Auction: 16th July 2020
Sold for £200
Estimate: £200 - £240
Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (W. [sic] T. Phillips, A.B., H.M.S. Rattler.) large impressed naming; British War and Victory Medals (182412 H. T. Phillips. L.S. R.N.) one digit of number on BWM officially corrected, good very fine (3) £200-£240
FootnoteProvenance: Captain K. J. Douglas-Morris Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, February 1997.
Just 76 Queen’s South Africa Medals were awarded to the ship’s company of H.M.S. Rattler, all of them without clasp.
Harry Thomas Phillips was born in Godalming, Surrey, on 13 December 1878, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 25 January 1895. Promoted Able Seaman on 16 May 1899, he served in H.M.S. Rattler from 27 February 1901 to 18 September 1903, and was promoted Leading Seaman on 15 November 1904. He was shore discharged on 24 June 1905, and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve the following day. He was recalled for Great War service on 14 December 1915, and was shore demobilised on 15 May 1919.