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VICTORY MEDAL 1914-1919 : HMS. 'GOOD HOPE' : KILLED IN ACTION AT CORONEL 1 NOVEMBER 1914 :

Victory Medal 1914-1919 - SS.104151 J.H. HAIGH, Sto.1 RN. : (JOHN HARRY HAIGH - Born 29 October 1884 at Howden, Yorkshire, a farm labourer on 27 November 1906 when he joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd.Class at HMS. 'Nelson' : He served at sea in a number of ships and was Shore Pensioned as a Stoker 1st. Class from HMS. 'Victory II' on 26 November 1911 transferring to the Royal Fleet Reserve the following day : With the outbreak of war he was recalled for active service and joined the crew of the armoured cruiser, HMS.'Good Hope' from 13 July 1914 and was still serving in the ship when it went into action as the flagship of Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Craddock, commanding the 4th.Cruiser Squadron : Towards the end of September 1914 the Squadron was assigned to search for the German Squadron preying on British merchant shipping off the Chilean coast : On the morning of 1 November 1914 the British and German squadrons encountered each other at Coronel : The British ships proved to be no match for the more powerful German armoured cruisers 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau', which were faster and more heavily armed : In the ensuing battle, Craddock's ships were totally destroyed and 'Good Hope' was sunk with the loss of all hands : The recipient has no known grave and is commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.) : Sold with verification, copy Service Record and copy CWGC. information. Mounted on original silk ribbon GVF - £175