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

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £360

Estimate: £260 - £300

Five: Chief Sick Berth Steward W. Leyburn, H.M.S. Powerful, Royal Navy

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, no clasp (W. Leyburn. S.B. Std: H.M.S. Powerful.) small impressed naming; 1914-15 Star (135456 W. Leyburn. Ch. S.B.S., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals (135456. W. Leyburn. Ch. S.B.S. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (Willliam Leyburn, S.B.S., H.M.S. Royal Sovereign.) light contact marks, very fine and better (5) £260-£300


Provenance: John Hailey Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, September 2004.

Approximately 415 no clasp Queen’s South Africa Medals awarded to H.M.S. Powerful.

William Leyburn was born at St. Olave’s, Surrey, on 5 February 1870 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 5 November 1885. He joined H.M.S. Powerful as a Sick Berth Steward on 15 September 1899, and served in her during the Boer War. He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst serving in H.M.S. Royal Sovereign from 30 August 1902 to 30 December 1903, and was advanced Chief Sick Berth Steward on 23 February 1907. He was shore pensioned on 15 February 1910.

Following the outbreak of the Great War Leyburn was recalled to the service on 2 August 1914, and served at R.N. Hospital Haslar, as well as various other H.M. Ships. He was shore demobilised on 20 August 1919.

Sold with copied service records and medal roll extracts.