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THIRD CHINA WAR MEDAL 1900 : HMS. 'CENTURION' : WOUNDED IN THE DEFENCE OF THE ARMOURY AT HSIKU :

Bar, 'Relief of Pekin', officially impressed naming - J. TOAL, Sto., HMS. Centurion : (JOHN TOAL - Born 5 November 1874 at Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland, entered the Royal Navy on 12 June 1896, as a Stoker 2nd. class in HMS. 'Vivid' : Joined HMS. 'Archer' from 23 October 1897 and was advanced to Stoker from 29 January 1898 : Joined HMS. 'Centurion' from 20 May 1898, and served in the ship during the Third China War : Landed with the Naval Brigade and took part in the operations for the relief of Pekin : On 23 June 1900, he was wounded in action during the defence of the Armoury at Hsiku : On this day the Chinese attempted to recapture the Armoury and the assaults lasted from first light until 20.00 hrs. in the evening, during the fighting the recipient suffered a bullet wound to his back : He was sent to 'Vivid II' from 20 September 1901 and subsequently continued to serve both ashore and at sea in a number of ships, including right through the Great War : He was discharged from 'Indus' on 3 May 1919.) : Sold with verification and copy Service Record : Medal previously sold at Dix Noonan Webb as Lot.264 in their auction of 12 May 2015, when they failed to catalogue that the recipient was a casualty : Some light scuffing to edge probably caused by an abrasive cleaning agent but naming perfectly legible and thus VF - £750