NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, 3 CLASPS, TRAFALGAR, 1 NOV BOAT SERVICE 1809, 2 MAY BOAT SERVICE 1813 ‘D.R. SYER, MIDSHIPMAN.’
Dey Richard Syer served as Midshipman in H.M.S. Prince (98 guns) at the battle of Trafalgar, 21.10.1805, during which she engaged the Spanish ship Principe de Asturias (112 guns) and the French ship Achille; Syer served as the same appointment in H.M.S. Tigre, taking part in the operations in Egypt 1807. Among the many boat actions he served, in 1809, when boats from Captain Hallowell´s squadron captured or destroyed a French convoy which consisted of five warships and a number of merchant vessels in Rosas Bay, of the north-east coast of Spain. Severely wounded by a sabre to head and arm and promoted directly as a result of his actions, he was one of those responsible for the award of the 1st Nov boat service clasp. Syer then served as Lieutenant in H.M.S. Volontaire and was wounded again by a musket ball in an ungazetted commando style raid but he would gain a third clasp to his medal for another boat action in which marines and from the Repulse, Volontaire and Undaunted were landed and destroyed some newly erected works near Morgiou, Toulon, while the boats from the same ships brought out six laden merchant vessels, 2.5.1813.
The National Maritime Museum has a portrait photo of Syer in their collection, a copy of which has been purchased and will be supplied with the medal:
Condition; minor traces of mounting to edge at 10 and 2 o’clock, this neatly polished, and claw tightened, otherwise extremely fine, obverse in particular showing much original frosting and naming perfect. Sold with research including memorandum of service, dispatches and copy original rolls on CD. Medal sold by Spink in 1966, part of a cased family group.
A superb and rare medal to an officer who saw a great deal of action.