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163561 HENRY JOHN RALPH, STOKER CLASS 1, 'HOOD BATTALION' , ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION :

East & West Africa Medal 1887-1900, bar, 'Benin 1897' ((Sto. HMS. 'Forte'); 1914 Star (163561 Sto.1Cl. Hood Bttn. RND.); British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (163561 Sto-1 RN.); Royal Fleet Reserve, Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, GVR. (163561 (CH.B.835) Sto.1 RFR.) : (HENRY JOHN RALPH - Born 10 March 1872 at Faversham, Kent, a bargeman by trade when he joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd.Class at HMS.'Pembroke' on 14 October 1891 : Transferred to HMS. 'Wildfire' two weeks later and remained in that ship until 27 February 1892 when he returned to 'Pembroke' : Advanced to Stoker from 1 November 1892 and joined 'Immortalite' on 18 May 1893 : Subsequently served in 'Blenheim' and at 'Pembroke II' before joining 'Forte' from 5 November 1895 : Served in 'Forte' during the expedition to Benin City between 6 February and 7 August 1897 : Returned to 'Pembroke' on 12 October 1897 and was Discharged to Shore by purchase on 15 January 1898 : Joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Chatham on 1 September 1902 and re-enrolled on 26 October 1906 and again on 8 July 1911 (to serve until 31 August 1916) : Advanced to Stoker 1st.Class : Recalled for active duty at 'Pembroke II' on 2 August 1914 and posted to 'Victory IV' for Royal Naval Division, 'Hood Battalion' from 17 September 1914 and served in Belgium and Gallipoli : Wounded in action in Gallipoli on 15 May 1915 and transferred to 2nd.Reserve Battalion from 23 October 1915 : Subsequently served at 'Pembroke II'; 'Intrepid'; and 'Actaeon' before finally returning to 'Pembroke II' from where he was Demobilized on 7 June 1921 : Long Service & Good Conduct Medal awarded 22 June 1922 : Died 24 March 1937 whilst residing at 42 Earlswood Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, he was 65 years of age.) : Sold with verification, copy Service Record, copy Notification of Death : The 'Aug-Nov 1914' clasp for 1914 Star was issued to the recipient in June 1920. The letters 'H' and 'F' in "HMS. Forte" on the East & West Africa Medal appear to have been overstruck otherwise naming is perfect: Generally GVF-NEF - £795