A Collection of Queen’s South Africa Medals to the Royal Navy

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £300

Estimate: £300 - £400

Six: Able Seaman T. J. Mitchell, H.M.S. Niobe, Royal Navy

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (T. J. Mitchell, Ord., H.M.S. Niobe.) small impressed naming; 1914-15 Star (190256, T. J. Mitchell, A.B., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (190256 T. J. Mitchell. A.B. R.N.); Coronation 1902, Hong Kong issue, bronze, unnamed as issued, with later ring suspension; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (190256. T. J. Mitchell. A.B. H.M.S. Valiant.) traces of lacquer, generally very fine or better (6) £300-£400


Approximately 530 no clasp Queen’s South Africa Medals awarded to H.M.S. Niobe.

Thomas John Mitchell was born in Millbrook, Cornwall, on 16 April 1880 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 28 August 1896. He joined H.M.S. Niobe on 6 December 1898, served in her during the Boer War, and was promoted Ale Seaman on 1 September 1900. Posted to the Hong Kong Naval Base H.M.S. Tamar on 24 November 1901, he was serving in the Colony at the time of the Coronation in 1902. He was shore discharged, time expired, on 16 April 1910, and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Devonport the following day.

Following the outbreak of the Great War Mitchell was recalled to the service, and served in H.M.S. Valiant from 13 January 1916, being awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 9 August 1917. He was demobilised on 27 February 1919.

Sold with the recipient’s original Parchment Certificate of Service; and copied service records and medal roll extract.