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Medals to HMS Shah 3 months 2 weeks ago #70463

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SAGS (1) 1879 (”Shah” W. W. Knowler. Chf. P.O. HMS) naming separated by suspension post;
Egypt , dated reverse, (0) (W. H. Knowler. Chf. Gunrs. Mte. HMS”Euphrates”);
Royal Navy LS&GC, VR narrow suspension (Wm. W. Knowler. Bos. Mate HMS Eclipse) impressed naming;
Khedive’s Star 1882, unnamed as issued

William Woodland Knowler was born in Dover, Kent, on 16 January 1846 and was engaged for Naval service on 16 January 1864. He was awarded his Long Service Medal in January 1878, while serving in HMS Eclipse. He subsequently joined HMS Shah on 4 December 1878 as acting Chief Petty Officer, aboard which ship he remained employed until October 1879. In that period the Shah took part in the engagement with the Peruvian iron-clad turret ship Huascar on 29 May 1877. In company with the corvette HMS Amethyst, Shah engaged the rebel iron-clad for three hours but, owing to her heavy armour, the Huascar managed to escape to shallow waters at the close of day; a subsequent cutting out expedition also failed. Knowler was subsequently among those Bluejackets landed for service in the Zulu War in 1879.

Serving in HMS Euphrates during the Egyptian operations, Knowler remained with the fleet until he was shore pensioned on 27 April 1888.
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Medals to HMS Shah 3 months 2 weeks ago #70464

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SAGS (1) 1879 (”Shah” T. Broderick. Ord: HMS) naming separated by suspension post;
Royal Navy LS&GC, VR narrow suspension (T. Broderick, P.O. 1st. Cl. HMS Shannon.) impressed naming

Thomas Broderick was born in Queenstown, Cork, on 6 February 1857 and was engaged for Naval service on 29 November 1877, serving as an Ordinary Seaman in HMS Revenge. He subsequently joined HMS Shah on 17 November 1878, aboard which ship he remained employed until October 1879, gaining advancement to Able Seaman. In that period the Shah took part in the engagement with the Peruvian iron-clad turret ship Huascar on 29 May 1877. In company with the corvette HMS Amethyst, Shah engaged the rebel iron-clad for three hours but, owing to her heavy armour, the Huascar managed to escape to shallow waters at the close of day; a subsequent cutting out expedition also failed. Broderick was subsequently among those Bluejackets landed for service in the Zulu War in 1879. Awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, while serving in HMS Shannon (1898-90), Broderick was appointed acting Boatswain on 12 December 1890, Chief Boatswain on 21 March 1911 and Lieutenant (Retired) on 1916, having been pensioned on 21 March 1912.
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SAGS (1) 1879 (G. F. Lonnon. A.B. H.M.S. “Shah”);
Egypt (1) Alexandria 11th July (G. F. Lonnon. A.B. H.M.S. “Invinvible”);
East and West Africa 1887 (1) Benin 1897 (G. D. Lonnon, Sh. Corpl., H.M.S. Forte.) note second initial but as per roll;
1914-15 Star (88649, G. F. Lonnon, Sh. Cpl. 1. R.N.);
British War and Victory Medals (88649 G. F. Lonnon. Sh. Cpl. 1. R.N.);
Royal Navy LS&GC VR, narrow suspension, impressed naming (G. F. Lonnon, Sh. Corpl. 1st Cl., H.M.S. Penelope);
Khedive’s Star 1882

George F. Lonnon was born at Portsea, Hampshire, on 9 November 1859, and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 27 November 1874. He served aboard Shah from September 1876 to October 1879, and was present aboard her in the action, with H.M.S. Amethyst, fought with the Peruvian rebel turret ship Huascar on 29 May 1877, and in South Africa in 1879. He served aboard Invincible from March 1882 to December 1885, including the bombardment of Alexandria on 11 July 1882. After further service in Asia, Hercules, Penelope, in which ship he received his L.S. & G.C. medal, and Victory I, he served aboard Forte from November 1895 to October 1897, including the operations against Benin City in 1897. He had been advanced to Ordinary Seaman in 1877, Able Seaman in 1878, Ship’s Corporal 2nd Class in 1886, and Ship’s Corporal 1st Class in 1888. Pensioned to Shore in 1897, he then served briefly in 1913 in Good Hope from 14 July to 10 August. He was recalled for service during the Great War, stationed at Victory I and aboard Hermione, and was invalided to Haslar Hospital on 3 March 1915.
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