QUEEN’S SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, 4 CLASPS, CAPE COLONY, PAARDEBERG, DRIEFONTEIN, JOHANNESBURG ‘COM: S. V. Y. DE HORSEY, R.N, H:M:S: MONARCH’ IMPRESSED NAMING, OFFICIAL CORRECTION TO THIRD INITIAL; 1914-15 STAR ‘CAPT. S. V. Y. DE HORSEY, R.N.R.’; BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS ‘CAPT. S. V. Y. DE HORSEY. R.N.R.’
Spencer Victor Yorke de Horsey was born at Cowes, Isle of Wight, on 4 June 1863, son of Admiral Sir Algernon de Horsey, K.C.B. He joined the Navy as a Midshipman on 24 April 1876; Sub-Lieutenant, 24 April 1883; Lieutenant, 30 June 1886. He was Lieutenant in command of No. 52 torpedo-boat when it was run down and sunk in Argostoli Bay, Cephalonia, during night manoeuvres in October 1887, by a first-class boat of the attacking force, two men being drowned.
Prior to the outbreak of the Sino Japanese War in July 1894, HMS Archer, with De Horsey as Senior Lieutenant, was one of several British ships in Korean Waters. Here they would witness the invasion of Japanese troops as well as Naval engagements between Chinese and Japanese War ships at the very outbreak of War between these Nations.
The flash point for the war itself would be the Korean Capitol Söul, after an expedition force of Japanese troops invaded the city. With tensions high, their had been various scuffles between Japanese troops and foreigners, including the British Consol. As such, on 17th July Lieutenant de Horsey was landed in command of a party of 24 bluejackets for the protection of the British Legation at. Likewise similar forces were landed by Russian German and American ships to protect their Legation personnel and foreigners. On 23rd July Lieutenant de Horsey was present when the Palace itself was taken and the King made prisoner by the Japanese forces...
Condition NEF, sold with copy research on CD including 60 plus pages of despatches etc relating to HMS Archer/de Horsey in Korea, medal rolls and other research.
A rare high ranking naval brigade group to an Officer who saw a great deal of varied service. The QSA is the only medal issued to Monarch with these four clasps and the rank of Commander to a member of the naval brigade in the Boer War, let alone a battle casualty, is rare.