Now both to the same ship is interesting. I would expect it when people are moving from one unit to another, say Imperial to Colonial. But when it is just one muster role for one ship it makes me think there must be a story behind this somewhere?
It is a very nice pair of medals, even without being duplicates!
QSA (0) (123 Corl. F. St. J. Barton, Victorian M.R.)
QSA (4) CC Rhos OFS Tr (Lieut. F. St. J. Barton, 2/Hamp. Rgt.
KSA (2) (Lt. F. St. J. Barton, Hamp. Rgt.)
1914-15 Star (Capt. F. St. J. Barton. Hamps R.)
BWM & VM with MID (Capt. F. St. J. Barton)
Bronze Memorial Plaque (Frederick St. John Barton)
MID LG 6 April 1916, for services in the Euphrates operations, 24 June to 26 July 1915.
Frederick St John Barton was born at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 6 May 1876, 4th son of Robert Barton, Malvern, Victoria, formerly Deputy Master of Melbourne Branch, Royal Mint. He was educated at Toorak College, near Melbourne, and volunteered and enlisted in the 5th Victoria Contingent during the South African War. He was then transferred as Sergeant to the Rhodesian Artillery, and afterwards gazetted 2nd Lieutenant into the 2nd Hampshire Regiment on 19 May 1900, at the recommendation of the Governor of Victoria. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1902 and to Captain in January 1907. He took part in the operations in Rhodesia, May 1900, and in the Transvaal and west of Pretoria in May to June 1901; and in the Orange River Colony, July to October 1901 (Queen’s Medal with 4 clasps; King’s Medal with two clasps). He served as Adjutant to the 1st Battalion from March 1909 to March 1912, and to the 4th Territorial Battalion from November 1912. He went to India with his battalion in October 1914, after the outbreak of the European War, and from there to Mesopotamia in March 1915, and was killed in action at the battle of Nasiriya, 24 July 1915.