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1900 China "Conspicuous Gallantry" Medal Group

Stock code: MD123285362
£19,500
A rare C.G.M. group of three awarded to Able Seaman William Parsonage, H.M.S. Aurora, for rescuing a wounded officer under fire, being wounded himself in so doing.

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, V.R., 2nd issue, scroll suspension (William Parsonage, Able Seaman, R.N. China 1900) officially engraved naming; China 1900, 1 clasp, Relief of Pekin (W. Parsonage, A.B., H.M.S. Aurora); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (185123 William Parsonage, P.O. 1 Cl., H.M.S. Queen) the first with old repair to suspension claw, edge bruising and contact marks, otherwise nearly very fine, the last very fine (3).
258 medals issued with Relief of Pekin clasp to this ship. Medal presented by the King on 8 March 1902.

Only 8 Conspicuous Gallantry Medals were awarded for services in China 1900.

C.G.M. London Gazette 14 May 1901: "In connection with recent operations in China." His service record notes "Awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for services with the Naval Brigade in China 1900 & on reaching the rating of P.O. 1 Cl. an annuity of £10 per annum to accompany the award."

Parsons was mentioned in the report of the Naval Commander-in-Chief on the China Station, on the affairs at Tientsin between 10th and 26th June 1900, in the following terms: "I desire to bring specially to Their Lordships’ favourable notice the conduct of the following officers and men:- William Parsonage, A.B., of H.M.S. ‘Aurora’, on the same occasion assisted to carry Lieutenant G. B. Powell, wounded, to the rear, over open ground swept by rifle fire, and was wounded in so doing." (Signed) E. H. Seymour, Vice Admiral.

In the same report Vice Admiral Seymour describes the action of 19 June at Langfang when Parsonage was wounded whilst rescuing Lieutenant Powell: "Two Chinese field guns were placed near the railway embankment opposite the British Concession and opened fire. Commander Beatty, with three companies of seamen, crossed the river and manoeuvred to within 200 or 300 yards in the hope of capturing them in a rush; some Russians moved out at the same time to co-operate. While our men were waiting for the Russians to come up, a large force of Chinese appeared to the right behind a mud wall and poured in a heavy fire, wounding Commander Beatty, Lieutenants Powell ("Aurora") and Stirling ("Barfleur"), Mr. Donaldson, midshipman ("Barfleur") (the latter died on 3rd July of his wounds), and 11 men. The force then retired."

William Parsonage was born at Plymouth, Devon, on 25 February 1879, and joined the Royal Navy on 8 August 1895 as a Boy 2nd Class aboard H.M.S. Impregnable, his occupation being given as "Hawker". He joined H.M.S. Aurora as an Ordinary Seaman on 16 February 1899, being advanced to Able Seaman the following December, and was paid off from the ship on 28 July 1900. He was advanced to Leading Seaman in January 1902, to Petty Officer 2nd Class in April 1903 and was discharged to the Royal Fleet Reserve in June 1905. However, in order to obtain 1st Class Petty Officer status, and thereby claim the annuity to go with his C.G.M. award, he rejoined the Navy in September 1905 and became P.O. 1st Class in July 1909. He received his L.S. & G.C. award in May 1912 and saw service with the Grand Fleet during the Great War, thereby gaining entitlement to a 1914-15 Star trio. He joined the Royal Fleet Reserve at Devonport in May 1919 and was finally discharged on 16 June 1922. Sold with copied record of service and other research.

1914-18 WWI Albert Medal Group

Stock code: MD000015
£42,500
A Superb C.M.G., 'Gallipoli' D.S.O., and Rare 'Archangel Command' Albert Medal Group of Eight to Captain G.P. Bevan, Royal Navy, Who Extricated a Trapped and Wounded Seaman From a Burning Munitions Ship in the Port of Archangel, 8.11.1916, Despite Small Arms Ammunition Exploding All Around Him.

a) The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and George, Companion's (C.M.G.) neck Badge, silver-gilt and enamel
b) Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R., silver-gilt and enamel, with integral top riband bar
c) Albert Medal, Second Class, For Gallantry in Saving Life at Sea, bronze and enamel, the reverse officially engraved, 'Presented By His Majesty To Capt. George Parker Bevan C.M.G., D.S.O. For Gallantry In Saving Life From the Burning S.S. "Earl of Forfar" After the Explosion at Bakaritsa On the 8th November 1916.'
d) 1914-15 Star (Commr. G.P. Bevan. R.N.)
e) British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. Oakleaves (Commre. 2 CI. G.P. Bevan. R.N.)
f) France, Republic, Legion of Honour, Officer's breast Badge, 52mm including wreath suspension x 40mm, gold and enamel, poincon mark to reverse, with rosette on riband
g) Russia, Imperial, Order of St. Anne, Third Class neck Badge, by Eduard, St. Petersburg, 44mm, gold (56 zolotniki) and enamel, maker's mark on reverse, 1908-17 kokoshnik mark and gold mark to suspension ring, extremely fine, with Great War Bronze Memorial Plaque, 'George Parker Bevan' and bullion cap badge, all housed in a glazed and hinged mahogany display case, with a large framed and glazed portrait photograph of recipient in uniform (8)


C.M.G. London Gazette 3.6.1918 Captain George Parker Bevan, R.N., D.S.O. (Commodore 2nd Class)
'In recognition of valuable services rendered during the War.'

D.S.O. London Gazette 14.3.1916 Bevan, George Parker, Commander, R.N.
'Has done continuous patrol work with great zeal and energy, and carried out valuable feints at landings in the Gulf of Xeros on 6 and 7 Aug. during the landing at Suvla.'

A.M. London Gazette 9.7.1918 Captain George Parker Bevan, C.M.G., D.S.O., R.N.
'For gallantry in saving life at sea. On the 8th November, 1916, a series of explosions and fires occurred at Bakaritsa, Port of Archangel, on merchant ships and on the wharves. The S.S. Baron Driesen had blown up at 1pm and part of the S.S. Earl of Forfar forty minutes later, and fresh explosions were expected every instant. It was thought that all their crews had either escaped or been killed or rescued, but after dark cries of distress were heard from the Earl of Forfar. The ship was a mass of flame at the time, and burning embers from the fire which was raging on shore were continually showered over her. She had a cargo of explosives on board and was abreast of the main conflagration. The flames were blown towards her by the wind, and the remaining portion of the ship was expected to be blown up at any moment. Captain Bevan, however, on hearing the cries proceeded on board, accompanied by Lieutenant-Commander MacMahon, and, hearing moans from under the smouldering debris of the forecastle, cleared away the wreckage and extricated the mate, who had an arm and a leg and his collarbone broken, and passed him into a tug.
Captain Bevan displayed the utmost gallantry and disregard of his personal safety.'

France, Legion of Honour, Officer London Gazette 7.6.1918 Capt. George P. Bevan, C.M.G., D.S.O., R.N. (Cdr., 2nd Cl.)

Russia, Order of St. Anne, Second Class, London Gazette 27.2.1917 Captain George P. Bevan, D.S.O., R.N.

Captain George Parker Bevan, C.M.G., D.S.O., A.M. (1878-1920), born Staines, second son of sixteen children, including four pairs of twins; joined Royal Navy as Naval Cadet, 1894; was a gunnery specialist and passed for the rank of Lieutenant with "Firsts" in every subject after only one years service as Sub-Lieutenant; Lieutenant 1899; served at Sheerness Gunnery School,