ASHANTEE MEDAL 1873, NO CLASP ‘LT H.Y.HEXT, R.M.L.I, H.M.S. ACTIVE 1873-4’, MINIATURE ASHANTEE, BWM ‘Lt COL H.Y.HEXT, R.M.L.I’
Lieutenant Colonel Henry Yeatman Hext, joined the Royal Marines as Lieutenant 6th December 1867. Between this date and being promoted Captain on 1st July 1881, he served variously at Plymouth HQ, HMS Adriane, HMS Himilaya, HMS Resistance and HMS Achillies, this included service with the Marine Battalion during the Ashantee War (medal). From 1881 until promoted Major on 20th Nov 1889, he served on HMS Hibernia, Musketry Instructor for the Mediterranean Fleet, Plymouth HQ and the Royal Naval college, being made brevet Major 6th Dec 1888. HMS Trafalgar 1890 and musketry Instructor at Portsmouth 29th Jan 1891. He was placed on the retired list at his own request on 6th October 1893. His records claim he served with the Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War but does not seem to be listed on the medal roll (Army or Navy). On 13th Oct 1914 he was appointed recruiting Officer for the Exeter District, promoted Lt Colonel 25th July 1916 and finally relinquished his appointment as Recruiting Staff Officer on 1st Fen 1919. For his WW1 service he was Awarded the BWM only.
Condition couple minor EK’s to 1873, otherwise GVF, unusual RM Officer group, with service record.