NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP, ALGIERS ‘W. B. STOCKER, MIDSHIPMAN’
Commander Stephen Stocker was born on 21st September 1791 in Sidmouth, Devon to a Presbyterian family. Father Stephen, mother Mary. He was the brother of Commander Walter Broad Stocker. Stephen entered the Navy on 2nd February 1805, at the age of 13 years, on the books as an Able Seaman on board HMS Scorpion. He was the brother of Commander Walter B. Stocker, R.N.
Scorpion (Brig-sloop 18) - 2nd February 1805 - March 1809 – AB and Midshipman.
On 3 January 1807 Scorpion (Captain Phillip Carteret) was chasing a cutter some 15 miles south of the Lizard when Pickle came up and closed with the enemy. After an exchange of fire Pickle's people boarded and captured her. Scorpion then arrived, took off 69 prisoners and landed them at Falmouth. Twelve miles south-west of Scilly he captured the French privateer brig BOUGAINVILLE on 17 February 1807. She had 16 guns and 93 men and was 23 days out of St. Malo.
Scorpion (now under Captain Francis Stanfell). was about 100 miles south of Cape Clear on 21 November 1807 disguised as a merchantman and, in the evening, succeeded in enticing the French privateer ketch Glaneuse under her guns. By the time her commander, Joseph Guinian, realised his mistake he was within pistol-shot and it was too late. The privateer carried 16 guns and 80 men and was of new construction on her first cruise from St. Malo. She had taken two vessels, one being the ship Alfred bound for Poole from Newfoundland. Information he obtained from the Glaneuse enabled Capt Stanfell to capture the privateer ……... SEE FULL WRITE UP.
A fine medal to an Officer who saw a good deal of action and varied service. Sold with CD containing a copy of service record from ADM196 and two memorandums of service from ADM9, one of which much of his obituary is taken. The latter giving details of service, particular recommendations and a large number of copies of letters from various Captains recommending Stocker to the Admiralty for his service.
Condition GVF, ex DNW 2009.