EGYPT 1882, NO CLASP ‘ LIEUT R D B BRUCE, RN, HMS EUPHRATES’, QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA 1899, CLASP CAPE COLONY ‘ CAPT R L B BRUCE.RN,HMS MONARCH’, KHEDIVES STAR 1882, MINIATURES OF EGYPT PAIR
Captain Robert Dalrymple Barwick Bruce was born in 23rd November 1849 in Ripon, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Entered the Royal Navy 11th March 1862, serving on 20 plus ships during his service. As 1st Lieutenant of HMS Euphates, took part in the Egypt campaign of 1882. Promoted Commander, Dec 1886 and Captain in Jan 1894, He was commanding the armoured battleship HMS Monarch at the Cape at the outbreak of the Boer War, one of the few ships of the Royal Navy present at this point. Landing as part of the Naval Brigade and gaining the clasp Cape Colony to his QSA medal.
HMS Monarch 3rd Class armoured screw battle ship of 8,845 tons. During the Boer War served from the outbreak of the war, having been part of the Cape Squadron during the whole of Captain Bruce’s Command. During the Boer War the ship served between October 1899 and June 1902. Guard ship at Simons Bay during entire period, many of the ships compliment serving as part of the Naval Brigade, including during Captain Bruce’s Command. Ships compliment received 1262 QSA medals, with 1096 clasps; some no clasp, some multiples. Of these 156 clasps were for Cape Colony.
Captain Bruce died on 3 Feb 1901 ‘in the execution of his duty whilst in command of HMS Galatea at Queen Victoria's funeral’. He is buried at Haslar Naval Cemetery with Naval Honours. Galatea was an armoured Cruiser 1st Class; late Tentative Types Of Ironclads.
A rare ships Captain’s QSA medal. 31 Royal Navy ships were entitled to the QSA medal, 5 with no
clasp and 7 with less than 20 clasps (including multiple clasp medals) for the entire compliment. Of
ships commanding officers, 43 medals were issued; 10 to Lieutenants, 13 to Commanders and 20 to
Captain ranked officers. Of these only 14 Captains were entitled to medals with clasps, 6 with one
clasp (including Bruce), 8 with 2
Condition GVF, very little contact to Egypt from Star and QSA issued after Bruce’s death. medals nicely. Middle initial on QSA ‘L’ rather than ‘D’ but medal roll is a bit messy and looks more like a ‘L’, therefore impressed that way.