NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793 CLASP GUADALOUPE ‘BENJN DUSON’.
Service record show Benjamin Dewson, alias Duson, aged approx 15, was Prest into service on Orinoco as a ‘Boy’ on 28th August 1806 but is noted as having ‘Run, Trinidad’ on 7th October 1807. However he was back in service several weeks later, joining Attentive on 21st October 1807 and rated as LM. He served with attentive until 9th November 1810 and his subsequent service consisted of:
Malacca – 10th Nov 1810 – 29th Nov 1810 - LM
Namur – 30th Nov 1810 – 9th Aug 1812 – AB
San Juan – 10th Aug 1812 – 9th Jan 1813 – AB
Revenge – 10th Jan 1813 – 10th Sept 1814 – AB
Clorinde – 11th Sept 1814 – 13th July 1816 – AB and paid off
Java – 1st July 1828 – 28th Jan 1830
On 27th March 1840, Duson’s ‘Run’ (from 1807), was removed by Admiralty Order. Presumably their must be a story hear.
Whilst on HMS Attentive, a 14 gun Gun-Brig, Duson took part in the operations at the taking of Guadaloupe. During the entire of his service on Attentive, the Gun-Brig was under the command of Lieut Robert Carr, based around the Leeward Islands. During this time Attentive saw a fair amount of action, including the cutting out of the French corvette Nisus, cutting out of several smaller vessels, capture of the Spanish Privateer Nuestra Senora Del Carmen, capture of the French corvette Oreste and the Guadaloupe operations.
Condition VF, nice patina, ribbon attached to back of clasp.