Naval General Service Medal, GV, bar Persian Gulf 1909-1914, 209562 R. S. Burke, Yeoman of Signals, HMS Pelorus. During a long career since the age of 16 in 1900 he died at the Royal Naval Hospital during 1922.
Some contact marking from wear with his Trio before his death, Officially impressed: “209562 R. S. Burke, Yeo. Sigs H.M.S. Pelorus.”
Richard Stampe Burke was born in Kinsale, Ireland on 20th January 1884.
Having been at School, he first joined the Royal Navy as a Signals Boy 2nd Class on HMS Black prince, 6th April 1900.
On 25th Jan 1901, he became Boy 1st Class. Once becoming of age he was appointed as a Signalman, 20th January 1902. (HMS Triumph)
Leading Signalman, 1st April 1904. (HMS Montague)
2nd Yeoman of Signals, 10th October 1905 (HMS Montague)
Leading Signalman, 16th April 1907 (HMS Sirius)
Yeoman of Signals, 31st October 1910 (HMS Pyramus)
His WW1 service covering his award of the this medal:
HMS Pelorus, Yeoman of Signals, 30th May 1912 – 27th August 1915
HMS Vivid I, 28th August 1915 – 10th January 1916
HMS Edgar, 11th January 1916 – 11th June 1918
HMS Vivd I, 12th June 1918, where promoted to Chief Yeoman of Signals, 9th February 1919, until 9th May 1919.
HMS Cambrian, first posting as Chief Yeoman of Signals, 10th May 1919 – 20th April 1921.
HMS Vivid, 21st April 1921 – 27th February 1922.
On 27th February 1922, he was “Discharged Dead” from the Royal Navy at the Royal Naval Hospital in Plymouth.
He had seen nearly 22 years of constant Royal Navy service and was at the time Chief Yeoman of Signals, he had been in Signalling the entire time.