NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP, ST. SEBASTIAN ‘NATHANIEL PEARCE’
Shown on the published medal rolls as ‘Samuel Pearce’ but the Greenwich Hospital Medal application
roll confirms as 2427 ‘Nathaniel Pearce’, Private, Royal Marines, aboard H.M.S. Ajax (SEE
PICTURE), so presumably a transcript error on the medal roll.
The following extracted from:
ADM 171/1 Naval General Service roll San Sebastian
ADM 158/258 Description Book Plymouth Division.
ADM 36/15308 Muster HMS Courageux (28th April -31st December 1802)
ADM 35/3237 Pay Book HMS Ajax
ADM 37/3885 Muster Book HMS Ajax (September/October 1813)
ADM 51/2089 Captain’s Log HMS Ajax
11th July 1797 - Nathaniel Pearce attested at Frome to serve in the Plymouth Division of the Royal Marines. The Description Book for the Plymouth Division shows that he was born at Walcot, near Bath in Somerset.
17th September 1797 - Pearce entered HMS Glory and was on board during the attempted mutiny in early 1798. Left Glory in 1802.
19th May 1802 - Pearce entered HMS Courageux a 3rd rate 74 guns vessel commanded by Captain John Oakes Hardy with a complement of 590.
11th June 1802 - Deserted from HMS Courageux at Hamoaze.
30th June 1802 - Noted as having run from Headquarters. ADM 158 notes lots of RM's from Courageux jumped ship on the same day - possibly more to it than just 'Ran'.
6th October 1805 - Returned from desertion.
27th January 1813 - Pearce embarked from Plymouth Headquarters in HMS Ajax, a 74 gun vessel commanded by Captain Robert Waller Otway, with a complement of 590. He was a Private of the 93rd Company, No 23 on the muster list of second class marines.
10th July - HMS Ajax was involved in the reduction of San Sebastian as part of Sir George Ralph Collier’s squadron. They co-operated with the forces of General Graham.
1st November 1814 - Pearce received a pay rise and was promoted to the list of first class marines at No 27.
17th July 1816 - HMS Ajax was paid off.
28th August 1816 Nathaniel Pearce was discharged from the service, being “Above Age”.
Condition GVF, couple of small EK's. Ex DNW 2001. Scarce clasp, only 291 issued but priced around 2/3rds of the price than had both rolls agreed with each other. However a key thing to note is that a unique name on the medal roll with either forename.
Condition GVF, couple of small EK’s Ex DNW 2001. Scarce clasp, only 291 issued.