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Medals to HMS Shah 1 month 3 days 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 1 month 3 days 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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