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HMS Terrible 1 year 4 months ago #88505

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I wonder if any of the members have a QSA to HMS Terrible? if so do you have any research on the ship? I have three medals to HMS Terrible

1) QSA to SN CPL. F A Huckle HMS Terrible
2) China 1900 to AB. S Whyte HMS Terrible
3) Naval Long Service Medal to PO 2nd Class J Wright HMS Terrible

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HMS Terrible 1 year 4 months ago #88508

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Andy

www.angloboerwar.com/books/73-crowe-the-...sion-of-hms-terrible

This information may be useful to you?

Dave......
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HMS Terrible 1 year 4 months ago #88509

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Andy - The best reference book on HMS Terrible for this period is 'The Commission of HMS Terrible' by Master-At- Arms George Crowe. It covers the ship's and its personnel's involvement in both South Africa and China. I have an old copy but am not sure if there's a modern reprint. If not, second hand military book dealers would be your best bet to get hold of a copy. It contains details of the service ashore of men who landed in both campaigns. No clasp QSAs and China Medals were awarded to men who didn't land ashore.

124122 Ship's Cpl. Huckle is shown on the medal rolls as qualifying for a no clasp QSA and a China clasp Relief of Pekin. He's noted as being on special service on shore at Durban which should have qualified him for a Natal clasp. In China he's noted as being attached to a section for 'Special Duties' although he is shown as serving in it on 'General Duties'.

144620 AB S. Whyte qualified for a no clasp China Medal but does not appear on the QSA roll.

128197 PO2 J. E. Wright qualified for a QSA clasps Tugela Heights and Relief of Ladysmith and a no clasp China Medal. In South Africa he served in the No 2 4.7 inch gun team under CPO Stephens. Is he your man?

David


Edit: While composing my post I missed Dave F's post. I didn't realise the book was on the website.
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HMS Terrible 1 year 4 months ago #88510

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Gents,
I obtained a reprint copy of the book from Naval and Military Press for reasonable cost, just about two years ago.
Written in 1901(ish), it's terminology reflects the times in which it was written. But, in my humble opinion, you would be hard pressed to find a better account of the ship and her crew's history.
A good insight into the Boxer Rebellion aswell.
Also Singleton's "Afloat and Ashore" gives a much more brief résumé of Terrible s service in South Africa including numbers of medals with and without clasps awarded to crew.
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Hi, That hit the spot, very kind of you to help, Andy

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Hi everyone

I can help with the China 1900 medal that was issued to S Whyte.

His actual name is Samuel White.

Service number: 144620
Date of birth: 22nd July 1872
Place of birth: Worksop, Nottingham

He was a member of the Naval Brigade in South Africa where he earned a QSA with two bars for Tugela Heights and Relief of Ladysmith.

I acquired his QSA and when researching also found him on the China medal roll where a clerk had misspelt his name as S Whyte but with the same service number.

I hope this helps with your research Andy.

Gary
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