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East West Africa Navy Long Service Family Group

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East and West Africa Medal, bar Witu 1890, 1914-15 Star Trio, Victoria Naval L.S. and G.C., Chief Engine Room Artificer, Thomas Stanley, together with his brothers Posthumous Ashantee 1873-4 medal.

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East and West Africa Medal, bar Witu 1890, 1914-15 Star Trio, Victoria Naval L.S. and G.C., Chief Engine Room Artificer, Thomas Stanley, together with his brothers Posthumous Ashantee 1873-4 medal.

 

Group of Thomas Stanley, Chief Engine Room Artificer, HMS Boadicea,

 

East and West African Medal, bar Witu, named “T. Stanley, E.R.A. HMS Boadicea.”
1914-15 Star named “120172 J. Stanley, C.E.R.A. R.N.” (Incorrect initial should read T)
British War and Victory Medal named “120172 T. Stanley, C.E.R.A. R.N.”
Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, QV Issue, named “T. Stanley, E.R.A. HMS Vernon”

 

Medals swing mounted on ribbons, the WW1 trio on original silk ribbons, as worn circa 1920s.

 

Thomas Stanley was born on 5th May 1861 in Portsmouth, he served since 1882 being discharged after 20 years on 5th August 1902 to his retirement.
However when the War broke out he rejoined for further service from 2nd August 1914 as a Chief E.R.A., he served throughout the war being discharged again on 28th August 1919 at the age of 58.

 

Full service papers available on request for his extensive sea service.

 


His brother William Stanley, Ordinary Seaman, HMS Druid, discharged dead.

 

Ashantee Medal 1873-4, officially impressed as issued late in 1931: “W. Stanley. Ord. HMS Druid”

 

William Stanley was born on 7th June 1855 in Portsea, Hants. He joined the Royal Navy on HMS Druid, 1st January 1873 as a Boy 1st Class, taking part in the Ashantee campaign, during this time he became Ordinary Seaman 2nd Class, 7th June 1874, then Ord 1st Class 1st September 1874.
Suddenly he was transferred to HMS Duke of Wellington from 18th February 1874 and arrived home to the Naval Barracks on 25th February.
He was hospitalised at Melville Hospital Chatham, but was discharged dead on 24th May 1874.

 

The Hampshire Telegraph 23rd May 1874 lists his death:

 

“Stanley – On the 12th Inst, at Melville Hospital, Chatham, of Brain Fever, William Stanley, late of H.M.’s Ship Druid, aged 20 years.”

 

His medal however was never issued at the time, but not until claimed over 50 years later, the medal remarks reading: “DD (discharged dead) Issued to Eldest Son of Mother 23/1/1931”, This was 57 years after his death.