QSA (6) Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (9280 Pte. A. Williams, R.M. H:M:S: Monarch);
British War and Victory Medals (Ply.9280 Pte. A. Williams. R.M.L.I.)
Albert Williams was born at Bampton, Tiverton on 5 December 1878 and was a labourer upon his enlistment in the Royal Marines on 4 July 1898. Having served ashore in South Africa (Medal & 6 clasps), he joined Dublin on 13 August 1916, who was fresh from her service at the Battle of Jutland. Williams remained aboard her until 13 June 1919 and was demobilised on 2 August 1919. He was with the Royal Fleet Reserve from 1 April 1923-4 December 1928.
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QSA (0) (S. T. Payne, P.O. 1st Cl: H.M.S. Monarch);
British War Medal 1914-20 (130197 S. T. Payne. P.O. R.N.)
Samuel Thomas Payne was born in St Andrews, Devon, on 4 October 1869 and entered naval service on 14 January 1885, serving until he transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve on 2 October 1909. Recalled for service on the outbreak of the Great War, he served until demobilisation in December 1918.
QSA (7) Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast (R. T. Read, Lg. Sean. H.M.S. Monarch.), large officially impressed naming;
1914-15 Star (179330, R. T. Read. P.O., R.N.);
British War and Victory Medals (179330 R. T. Read. P.O. R.N.);
Royal Fleet Reserve LS&GC GV Admiral's bust issue (179330 Ch. A. 2269 R. T. Read. P.O. R.F.R.);
Naval Good Shooting Medal, Ed VII (179330 R. T. Read, A.B, H.M.S. Antrim. 1909. 7.5in. B.L.).
Confirmed on the roll as one of 39 Medals issued to H.M.S. Monarch with 7 clasps, and one of only 88 issued to the Royal Navy in total.
Robert Thomas Read was born on 9 November 1877 at Manningtree, Essex and was 'unoccupied' upon his joining the Royal Navy on 9 November 1895. He served in Monarch from 26 January 1897-14 October 1900, which included his landing as a member of her Naval Brigade ashore during the Boer War. The Medal Roll noted he was allotting 25s a month to his mother at 13 Regent Street, Manningtree.
He earned his Naval Good Shooting Medal manning the 7.5 inch breech-loading guns of Antrim in 1909 and was a Petty Officer aboard the Cressy-class cruiser Euryalus. Remaining in her until 9 Augut 1917, she had become the flagship of Rear-Admiral Rosslyn Wemyss in April 1915, after he was put in charge of the main landings at Gallipoli. During the landings at Cape Helles on the morning of 25 April, Euryalus transported three Companies of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers and a Platoon of the Royal Naval Division, and then provided fire support to the landing after the soldiers were transferred to their boats for the actual landing on Beach 'W'. She also bombarded Turkish positions during the Second Battle of Krithia on 6 May.
Read joined the Royal Fleet Reserve on 6 November 1917, his final posting being aboard Marshall Soult from 24 August-24 November 1918. He was shore demobilised on 4 March 1919; sold together with copied service record and Medal Roll confirming a duplicate QSA was issued.
QSA (0) (G. W. Tatler. P.O. HMS Monarch);
BWM 1914-20 (162961 G. W. H. Tatler. P.O.1 R.N.);
Royal Navy LS&GC EdVII. (162961 G. W. H. Tatler. Boatn. H.M. Coast Guard.)
George Walter Howard Tatler was born in Alverstone, Hampshire, on 17 June 1876 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on 22 September 1891. He was advanced Petty Officer Second Class on 4 November 1899, and served in HMS Monarch from this date. He transferred to H.M. Coast Guard on 1 April 1904, and was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 24 June 1909. Recalled for War Service, he served throughout the Great War in various shore based establishments, and was promoted Petty Officer First Class on 1 October 1918.