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

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £220

Estimate: £200 - £240

Five: Able Seaman H. W. J. Alexander, H.M.S. Fearless, Royal Navy, later Royal Fleet Reserve

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (H. W. J. Alexaner, A.B., H. M. S. Fearless.) small impressed naming; 1914-15 Star (186066, H. W. J. Alexander, A.B., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (186066 H. W. J. Alexander. A.B. R.N.); Royal Fleet Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (186066 (Po. B.799) H. W. J. Alexander. A.B. R.F.R.) minor edge nicks, very fine or better (5) £200-£240


Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, September 2001.

Approximately 145 no clasp Queen’s South Africa Medals awarded to H.M.S. Fearless.

Henry William James Alexander was born in Camberwell, London, on 14 November 1879 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 4 October 1895. He joined H.M.S. Fearless on 15 November 1897, was promoted Able Seaman on 25 March 1899, and served in her during the Boer War. He purchased his discharge on 29 October 1903, and joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Portsmouth the following day.

Following the outbreak of the Great War Alexander was recalled to the service on 2 August 1914, and served in H.M.S. Glory from that date to 10 April 1916, and thence in H.M.S. Victory I. He was shore demobilised on 5 February 1919.

Sold with copied service records and medal roll extracts.