China 1900, bar Relief of Pekin, Queen’s South Africa Medal, no bar, 1914-15 Star Trio, Stoker 1st Class Alfred John Voar, HMS Terrible in Boer War and China, Naval Brigade.
China medal officially impressed: “A. J. Voar. Sto., H.M.S Terrible.”
Q.S.A. officially impressed: “A. J. Voar. Sto: H.M.S. Terrible.”
1914-15 Star officially impressed: “285274. A. J. Voar. Sto. 1. R.N.”
WW1 Pair officially impressed: “285274 A. J. Voak. Sto. 1. R. N.” Note slight misspelling of surname, some slight rubbing to naming, possibly these 2 are officially re-impressed or cleaned.
Medals otherwise in excellent condition for such a long serving sailor.
About 968 China medals were issued to HMS Terrible, with 263 entitled to the Relief of Pekin bar.
Alfred John Voar was born in the town of Emsworth, Warblington, Hampshire on 9th August 1877.
At the age of 19 on 4th May 1897, he joined the Royal Navy and was rated as a Stoker 2nd Class at HMS Victory II
On 24th March 1898 he received his first Ship posting on board HMS Terrible, where he saw service until 24th October 1902, throughout the Boer War and Chinese “Boxer Rebellion” of 1900.
For the China War of 1900, he was detached for shore service taking part in the campaign to relieve Pekin and with the Tientsin Defence Force. He was part of the “Service Company” of HMS Terrible, consisting of 7 Petty Officers, 37 Seamen and 46 Stokers.
Following the end of the China War, his ship was ordered back to Britain he saw the following ship service until his discharge to the Royal Fleet Reserve on 4th May 1909:
HMS Duke of Wellington: 25th Oct 1902 – 3rd Sept 1902
HMS Warnor 1st Apl 1903 – 31st March 04
HMS Erebus: 1st April 1904 – 15th Sept 1904
HMS Firequeen: 16th Sept 1904 – 28th Jan 1905
HMS Victory I and II: 28th Jan 1905 – 21st August 1905
HMS Hindustan: 22nd Aug 1905 – 19th Aug 1907
HMS Victory II 20th Aug 1907 – 7th Aug 1908
HMS Nelson 8th Aug 1908 – 3rd Aug 1909.
During his brief retirement he returned home and is shown on the 1911 Census as working as a Carter for the Urban District Council of Warblington.
Returned from the reserve for service in WW1 on 2nd August 1914 becoming Stoker 1st Class on HMS Vindictive.
Served on the ship through the first 2 years of the war from 2nd Aug 1914 until 30th June 1916.
During this period on board the ship was assigned to the 9th Cruiser Squadron and captured the German Merchantmen Schlesien and Slawentzitz on 7th August and 8th September 1914. In 1915 she was stationed on the southeast coast of South America.
His additional ship service during WW1:
HMS Victory II, 10th Aug 1916 – 31st Dec 1916
HMS Vernon, noted as serving with the Paravane Department, 1st Jan 1917 – 28th Sept 1917
HMS Hecla (Scourge) 29th Sept 1917 – 14th May 1918
HMS Apollo 29 June 18 – 9th Aug 18
HMS Excellent 10 Aug 18 – 16 Sept 19
After retiring once again following the war he remained in Hampshire, becoming a Sweet Confectioner and Tobacconist with his wife Kate Voar in Havant and Waterlooville.
He died at the age of 87 in Hampshire during October 1964.