British War and Victory Medal Pair, Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GV, with second award bar, M30324 Leslie Russell Smith, Engineering Artificer, Royal Navy.
A rare issue of the second award bar/clasp for long service which required almost 30 years of service to earn.
Leslie Russell Smith was born on 18th July 1894 in Portsmouth, Devon. He was a Fitter and Turner when he began his service with the Royal Navy as an Engineering Artificer onboard HMS Vernon on 2nd April 1918.
Following the war he stayed with the Royal Navy for many years, earning his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal during May 1933 whilst stationed on HMS Cornwall between 5th February 1931 and 5th December 1933.
He continued his service through WW2 seeing service on HMS Vernon, Spartiate, Vernon 2, Wildfire, Beaver, Victory 2, Edinburgh Castle and Eland.
During his time with Edinburgh Castle and Eland during 1941 he was in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Where Edinburgh Castle was acting as a moored ship to provide shelter for survivors of nearby sunken ships.
His online service papers only extend to 3rd November 1941 on Edinburgh Castle but still note he was later invalided out of service on 6th February 1953 aged 59.