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PLY.10434 SERGEANT G.MACDONALD, ROYAL MARINE LIGHT INFANTRY :

Queen's South Africa Medal, no bar (G. Macdonald Pte. HMS.'Beagle'); 1914 Star with original 'Aug-Nov 1914' Bar (PLY.10434 Corpl. RM. Brigade); British War Medal; Victory Medal 1914-19 (PLY.10434 Sgt. RMLI.); Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, GVR. Admiral's bust (PLY.10434 A.1484. Sgt. RFR.) : (GEORGE MACDONALD - Born 2 August 1883 at Edinburgh, Scotland, and enlisted into the Royal Marines whilst under age on 13 August 1900 and was posted to Plymouth Division from 21 March 1901 : He joined HMS. 'Beagle' on 22 December 1901 and served in the ship in the Mediterranean engaged in the guarding of Boer prisoners held on the island of St.Helena : Despite the enormous odds against them there were numerous escape attempts made by the prisoners : On one occasion two prisoners swam from the wharf in Jamestown to a waterboat, they set up sails and managed to slip away unseen. The boat was not missed until the next morning when it was observed from the signal station on Ladder Hill. The steamboat, 'Beagle' was dispatched to retrieve it and the prisoners were recaptured and brought before the magistrate : The recipient remained in 'Beagle' until 28 December 1902 when he returned to Plymouth Division : He served for periods with the Division and at sea in numerous ships including, 'Blake'; 'Essex'; 'St.George'; 'Ramilles'; 'Repulse' and 'Carnarvon' : He returned to the Division on 30 May 1911 and was subsequently posted to the Royal Marine Brigade at 'Victory' from 12 September 1914 : He served with the Brigade at Dunkirk and took part in the Defence of Antwerp between 19 September and 12 October 1914 when the Brigade was withdrawn and returned to England : From April 1915 he served with the Brigade in Gallipoli and whilst there was returned to the Plymouth Division on 1 October 1915 : On 26 November 1915 he was recommended, "for good service in Gallipoli" by Colonel G.E. Matthews, RMLI. : The Gallipoli peninsula was evacuated in early January 1916 : The recipient was promoted to the rank Sergeant on 20 March 1918 and discharged on 1 August 1922 : He enrolled in the Royal Fleet Reserve the following day and served until discharged on 23 June 1927 : He then joined the Royal Marine Police and was discharged on the expiration of his period of engagement on 1 August 1938 : With the outbreak of World War Two he was recalled to the Plymouth Division and served from 26 February 1940 until "Discharged Dead" on Sunday 8 December 1946, he was 63 years of age and is buried at Plymouth (Ford Park) Cemetery : He would almost certainly have been entitled to claim medals for his World War Two service.) : Sold with copy Service Papers which confirm all awards : CWGC. information : copy photograph of the recipient's grave and related research : One very slight edge nick to first medal, not effecting naming, otherwise VF - GVF - £595