served between October 1899 and June 1902. Commanded by Lieutenant A T Hunt and Lieutenant E la T Leatham.
Picture courtesy of DNW
QSA (0) (F. Walters, A.B., HMS Partridge.) small impressed naming;
1914-15 Star (192074 F. J. Walters, A.B., R.N.);
BWM and VM (192074. F. J. Walters. A.B. R.N.);
Royal Navy LS&GC GV, 1st issue (192074. F. J. Walters, A.B. HMS Vengeance.)
QSA (0) (W. Phillips, A.B., HMS Partridge);
1914-15 Star (164794, W. Phillips, P.O.1., R.N.);
BWM and VM (164794 W. Phillips. P.O. 1 R.N.)
Walter Phillips was born in Southwark, London, on 1 November 1876 and joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Second Class on 13 January 1892. Advanced Able Seaman on 21 May 1896, he served in HMS Partridge from 4 May 1899 to 12 May 1902, and was advanced Petty Officer First Class on 17 February 1910.
He served during the Great War predominantly in HMS Lord Nelson, and was shore discharged from HMS Boadicea on 2 May 1919.
He did not qualify for a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
QSA (0) (G.C. KNIGHT. LG. STO. H.M.S. PARTRIDGE);
1914-1915 Star; (169228. G.C. KNIGHT. CH. STO., R.N.);
British War Medal and Victory Medal; (169228 G.C. KNIGHT. CH.STO. R.N.)
George Charles Knight was born on 3rd June 1873 in Limehouse, London, and having worked as a labourer, then joined the Royal Navy as a Stoker 2nd Class (Chatham No.169228) with Pembroke from 21st September 1892, being rated as a Stoker whilst with Hood on 19th November 1893, and as a Leading Stoker 2nd Class whilst with Pembroke II on 6th October 1898.
Knight joined the gun boat Partridge from 4th May 1899. As such he saw service aboard her during the operations on and off the coast of South Africa during the Boer War when she was commanded by Lieutenant A T Hunt and later Lieutenant E la T Leatham. Partridge was present on operations between 11th October 1899 and 8th March 1901. In all 161 men from Partridge were entitled to the medal, of which 150 gained it without clasp, Knight being one of those, he having been also advanced to Leading Stoker 1st Class on 10th July 1900.
Knight was serving aboard Empress of India when he was promoted to Stoker Petty Officer on 1st July 1906, and having been awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 13th November 1907, whilst with Pyramus, he was also appointed to Acting Chief Stoker whilst with Pyramus on 1st August 1908, being then promoted to Chief Stoker whilst with Theseus on 1st August 1910. Knight was serving aboard the light cruiser Gloucester when he was presented with a medal by His Majesty the King of the Belgian’s ‘on the occasion of his visit to the ship’ on 15th August 1912, at which time the ship was serving with the 1st Battle Squadron of the Home Fleet. It is uncertain which specific medal was presented to Knight and it is not with the group.
With the outbreak of the Great War, Knight was serving with Vivid II, and having transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve (No.Dev.A.4964), then joined the cruiser Diana from 1st January 1915, which was then based with the 12th Cruiser Squadron in the Channel. In November 1915 Diana transferred to the China Station and serving there through to August 1917, before transferring to the Red Sea, with Knight being posted back to Vivid II from 28th September 1917, and then joining the destroyer Napier from 31st January 1918, followed by the depot ship Vulcan from February 1919. He was demobilised ashore on 12th January 1920.