NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP ‘CENTAUR 26th AUG 1808’, ‘J E WALCOTT, MASTERS MATE’.
ADMIRAL JOHN EDWARD WALCOTT MP OF CHRIST CHURCH. Entering the Service in October 1802, Midshipman Walcott had the fortune to be aboard HMS Lively during several Spanish ships laden with treasure. As Masters Mate of HMS Centaur, recommended for conduct during a boat action 5th August 1808 and Promoted Lieutenant for conduct as Acting Signal Lieutenant of HMS Centaur during the action against the Russian 80 gun ship Vsevolod, on 26th Augusty 1808. Lieutenant Walcott then served as Flag Lieutenant and Secretary to Admiral Hood, or a period of 6 years, until Admiral Hood's death.
In 1823, as Captain of HMS Tyne, he personally took command of the Boats during the taking of themost notorious pirate vessel in the West Indies at the time…. (See PDF for large write up!)
Sold with much research and fantastic A4 sized (including border) copy portrait of Walcott in Admirals uniform wearing his NGS medal. Another version of the full sized original portrait can be found in aseparate listing.
Condition GVF, some minor contact wear as to be expected as it was clearly worn by Walcott, Possibly repined. A superb medal and its worth noting that Walcott was one of the men responsible for the Centaur clasp being issued as he was promoted for his conduct during the action.