Queen’s South Africa, 7 bars, Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, 5639 Gunner E. Earle, R.M.A., HMS Monarch.
All bars confirmed on the roll, naming officially engraved as issued in slanted officer’s style.
Only 39 medals issued to the Monarch with 7 bars, out of a total of 1091 medals issued to the ship.
An excellent 7 bar medal to the Naval Brigade of HMS Monarch, Gunner Ernest Earle went ashore with the Naval Detachment to man the Artillery Guns during the war.
Ernest Earle was born on 17th August 1870 in St Edmunds, Salisbury, Wiltshire, he joined the Royal Marine Artillery having been a Printer’s Assistant on 28th August 1895.
He was assigned from Private to Gunner 2nd Class on 16th July 1896, being promoted to Gunner 1st Class on 31st November 1896.
He was then sent to his first ship, arriving on HMS Monarch on 26th January 1897.
The ship was then despatched to the Boer War, Gunner Earle “Landed on Active Service against the Boer Republic” on 21st October 1899.
After participating in the many early battles of the war, and earning the 7 battle bars he went aboard HMS Vivid on 6th September 1901, for 3 days until he was transferred to HMS Implacable on 10th September 1901.
He spent the duration of the Boer War on HMS Implacable and did not arrive back home until September 1904.
He served continually up until 1919, on HMS Hindustan during 1905-07, HMS Albemarle 1908-1910, HMS Spartiate & HMS Ariadne during 1910.
He was then posted to HMS Dreadnought on 14th September 1910, which he served with until 31st December 1914.
He spent the rest of WW1 on HMS Benbow until 10th November 1919, being discharged to the Fleet Reserve and R.M.A.R. on 10th May 1919.