1914-18 WWI Albert Medal Group

Stock code: MD000015
Categories: Military Medals
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,
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