SOUTH AFRICA 1877-79 NO CLASP ‘TENEDOS W. POTHAM. DOM: 2ND CL: H.M.S.’
William Potham was born in Devonport, 25 March 1848. After earning his living in civilian life as a baker, he joined the service as Captain's Cook's Assistant on 1 August 1866 aboard H.M.S. Achilles. Serving in the same function aboard his next vessel, H.M.S. Defence, a misdemeanour landed him in prison in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a month in October 1869. After a commission aboard H.M.S. Chameleon as Domestic 2nd Class he joined H.M.S. Tenedos in March 1878 and was advanced to Domestic 1st Class in January 1879 prior to being paid off in December 1880. Potham was invalided from the service whilst aboard H.M.S. Cockatrice on 23 April 1882.
196 medals issued to HMS Tenedos, 139 medals without a clasp and 57 with 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 GVF, Ex Captain K. J. Douglas-Morris Collection and DNW 1996.