Naval Good Shooting Medal, EVII, 136885 Samuel Frank Loe, Petty Officer 1st Class, Royal Navy.
Officially impressed: “136885 S. Loe, P.O. 1. Cl. H.M.S. Formidable 1903 12 IN B.L.”
Samuel Frank Loe was born on 26th October 1870 in Godshill, Isle of Wight.
He joined the Navy as a Boy 2nd Class aged 16 on 21st April 1886 onboard HMS St Vincent.
After becoming of age in 1888 he spent 5 years as an A.B. before becoming Leading Seaman onboard HMS Boscawen on 18th October 1894, on the same ship he was advanced to Petty Officer 2nd Class on 1st January 1895.
Following his promotions he became P.O. 2nd Class onboard HMS Royal Arthur at which time it was Flagship of the Australian Station
He became Petty Officer 1st Class from 1st April 1898 during his time on his next ship, HMS Wallaroo, which he served on from 1st April 1897 until 30th May 1898.
He served on HMS Formidable from 10th October 1901 until 30th September 1904, during which time he earned this Good Shooting Medal during 1903.
Having earned his discharge to the fleet reserve in November 1910, he returned for service during WW1 on HMS Excellent II & Victory as Chief Petty Officer, but was invalided on