Picture courtesy of Noonan's
E&W Africa 1887 (1) 1891-2 (R. Wynn, Ord. HMS Widgeon);
QSA (1) Defence of Ladysmith (145837, A.B, R. Wynn. HMS Powerful.) engraved naming;
1914-15 Star (145837 R. Wynn, L.S., R.N.);
BWM 1914-20, naming erased
Victory Medal 1914-19 (145837 R. Wynn. L.S. R.N.)
Richard Wynn was born at Donabate, Dublin, on 4 March 1873 and joined the Royal Navy as a boy second class on 8 June 1888. He was posted to HMS Widgeon on 13 May 1890, and served during the operations on and off the coast of Gambia, December 1891 to February 1892. Promoted able seaman on 1 May 1893, he served in a variety of ships and shore based establishments over the next seven years before joining HMS Powerful on 2 June 1899, and and served during the Boer War ashore with Powerful’s Naval Brigade during the Defence of Ladysmith.
Promoted leading seaman on 28 September 1903, and petty officer first class on 19 February 1904, Wynn reverted to the rate of leading seaman on 14 June 1907 (his character that year being merely ‘Good’) and was shore pensioned on 5 March 1913, joining the Royal Fleet Reserve at Devonport four days later. Recalled for service during the Great War, he served in a variety of ships and shore based establishments, notably HMS Malaya from 28 January 1916 to 1 May 1917, was present in her at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916, where Malaya was hit eight times and suffered heavy casualties.
He was shore demobilised on 4 February 1919.