medal code J2221

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SCARCE SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9 TO ROYAL NAVY OFFICER

SOUTH AFRICA 1877-79 NO CLASP “TENEDOS” J. BRAND.ENGr. R. N. H.M.S.

Joseph Brand was born 26 April 1843 in Holytown, Lanarkshire.
Seniority Date as Engineer - 21st January 1870
HMS Repulse from 1st March 1870
HMS Swiftsure from 14th May 1872
HMS Tenedos from 10th January 1878
HMS Iris from 27th April 1880
Married in Stoke Damerel 1881, he had retired by 1884.
Died in 1886 and was buried 27th July at Stoke Damerel (Near Plymouth)

196 medals issued to HMS Tenedos, 139 medals without a clasp and 57 with clasp. For Officers on Tenedos, only the Surgeon and two Lieutenants received the clasp.

Tenedos arrived at Durban In December 1878 and landed a Naval Brigade, whilst the ship was ordered to the estuary of Tugela River determine a suitable spot for landing troops and supplies on the northern Zulu bank of the river. The ships Naval Brigade was left to guard Fort Tenedos when the rest of the Naval Brigade advanced to Eshowe with Pearson in January 1879. Tenedos’s Naval Brigade reembarked in May 1879 and Tenedos was sent back to the Britain for repairs. It must be noted that the addition of the clasp only notes service in Zululand itself. A non clasp medal does not note no service on land during the War, it just means the recipient didn’t cross the border into Zululand. This is true of both Army and Navy.

Condition F: Hairline crack at 5o’clock on medal, light traces of brooch marks to obverse and thereby suspension refixed. Nevertheless a scarce officer’s rank medal and priced less than 50% than had it been VF condition. Sold with copy medal roll and other research.

Code J2221        Price £395