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NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL AND ORGINAL DOCUMENTS TO JOHN FELTON, SIGNAL MIDSHIPMAN IN H.M.S. VICTORY AT THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR 21ST OCTOBER 1805, WHO IS REPUTED TO HAVE BEEN IN THE VICTORY´S COCKPIT TO WITNESS THE DEATH OF ADMIRAL NELSON. AS SECOND LIEUTENANT OF HMS CURIEUX, TOOK PART IN A BLOODY ACTION AGAINST A FRENCH PRIVATEER OF FAR GREATER STRENGTH IN WHICH CURIEUX’S CAPTAIN WAS KILLED AND A THIRD OF THE CREW WERE CASUALTIES. IN 1809 WAS UNFAIRLY DISSMISSED THE SERVICE BUT WAS REINSTATED IN 1861 BY THE PRINCE OF WALES.

NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793-1840, TWO CLASPS, COPENHAGEN 1801, TRAFALGAR ‘JOHN FELTON, MIDSHIPMAN’

With the following original documentation:
1) Commission appointing J. Felton as Commander (Retired), Royal Navy, dated 1.7.1861
2) Copy of Marriage Certificate of John Felton to Caterina Antoinette Valls, issued by the Mayor of Marseille and verified by both the British and Spanish Consuls, dated 12.5.1820
3) Passport Document permitting Felton and his wife passage through Gibraltar to Quebec, dated 9.6.1823
4) First copy of recipient’s Last Will and Testament, dated 1.3.1838
5) Draft of a letter by the recipient in his own hand to the Admiralty, with a quantity of copied documentation referring to the recipient’s Court Martial and subsequent re-instatement into the Navynotes he was Signal Midshipman on Victory
6) Digital copies of the Court Martial of Lieutenant Muir of HMS Curieux 1806
7) Digital copies of the Court Martial of Lieutenant Felton of HMS Curieux 1809

Commander John Felton, R.N. (1785-1866), born Hackney, London; on Felton´s service papers he is listed as Captain´s Servant H.M.S. Bellerophon, 1791, before transferring later in the same year to a similar position in H.M.S. Vengeance - given his age it is likely that he would have been ´borne on the books´ for ´time´ by courtesy of the respective Captains; Volunteer H.M.S. Galatea, 1798; served as Able Seaman H.M.S. Bellona, before being appointed Midshipman, 14.11.1799 and served in the latter at the battle of Copenhagen (2.4.1801); served in H.M.S. Clyde, 7.7.1802-29.6.1803 before being appointed Midshipman H.M.S. Victory, 8.9.1805 and serving in her at the battle of Trafalgar where he served as Signal Midshipman and it is said was witness to Nelson’s death in the cockpit of the Victory. Prior to the battle, Nelson had singled out and promised Felton and 3 other Midshipman and Mates (of the 27 on Victory) Promotion to Lieutenant once battle was done. After the battle, Lord Collingwood knowing Nelson’s wishes, took these four Midshipman aboard his flagship with intention of getting them early promotion. However Collingwood was ordered to stay at sea another 7 months and meanwhile the Admiralty showered promotions among the returning members of the fleet, so that when these 4 deserving Midshipmen returned to England, their promotions were refused on the grounds that all available promotions had been made! See; ‘The Battle of Trafalgar; A Poem’ below

Lieutenant 22nd December 1806; appointed 2nd Lieutenant to the sloop H.M.S. Curieux employed in the West Indies. Took part in the ‘bloody’ action against the much larger French privateer Revanche, during which she lost her Captain and a third of the crew………

Prospect Street, Sherbrooke, Canada where there is a monument to him. In his obituary in the Sherbrooke Gazette (27.10.1866) he is given as, ´an officer under the immortal Nelson, his signal midshipman at the Battle of Trafalgar, on the 21st October 1805 (possibly the last survivor of that celebrated day), and the witness of his hero´s glorious death, on that same occasion, in the cockpit of the Victory.´

Condition; obverse ex brooch mounted, suspension re-affixed thus NVF. With a non Officer to Victory retailing £25-35,000. This is Officers medal is priced around half the price had it been GVF

Code J1864        Price £