NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793 CLASP, SYRIA ‘P. W. DARNELL, MIDSHIPMAN.’
Philip Wheler Darnell was born 1823 at Stanhope Rectory, Durham. Father Rev. William Nicholas, mother: Elizabeth Bowe. Baptized Durham Cathedral Church 7th Sept 1824. Would have spent at least a year at the Royal Naval College before joining his first ship on 31st March 1837 at the age of 14.
HMS Talavera - 31st March 1837 to 25th September 1839 - College Midshipman.
HMS Hazard - 1st October 1841 – Midshipman (MEDAL AND CLASP).
Darnell served on-shore at Tyre with an armed party for the protection of the town. Present off St. Jean d’Acre during bombardment on 3 Nov, 1840. Egyptian forces evacuate St. Jean d’Acre overnight and the town was occupied on the 4th by the Turks. See www.gazettesonline.co.uk of 1 Dec 1840. 8 Nov 1840 to resume her station at Tyre. See www.gazettesonline.co.uk of 15 Dec 1840. Present at the restoration of the island of Candia?? to the Sultan. 10 Dec 1840 arrived in Marmorice Bay, from Beyrout. Aug - Nov 1840 Capture of Acre and operations on the coast of Syria. Turkish Medals awarded to the Officers and Men employed during the Campaign.
HMS Spartan - (6th rate 26) 2nd October 1841 – 3rd September 1845 - Midshipman.
HMS Excellent - (3rd Rate 74) - Lieutenant.
HMS Retribution - 12 May 1846 – 16 October 1846 - Lieutenant.
HMS Vengeance - 17 October 1846 – 23rd July 1847 - Lieutenant.
HMS Fury - 24th July 1847 – 1st April 1850- Lieutenant. (ANTI PIRATE OPERATIONS)
Our former Nos. have laid before our readers the operations of the pirates in the Chinese seas, and shown what rapid strides they have made of late, towards rendering trade even when carried on in European vessels well-armed and manned, extremely hazardous. The Sylph and other vessels have doubtlessly fallen victims to these depredators, the fate of whose crews in the hands of these celestial murderers is far too painful to be dwelt upon ; yet, willing as we are, to give credence to the various rumours current regarding the numerical strength and armament of these pirates, we should have paused ere we admitted to our pages a narrative like that which we are about to lay before our readers, did not the source from which our information has been derived, dispel at once all doubt with regard to its veracity and faithfulness of detail……… SEE FULL WRITE UP.
A very good medal to an Officer who saw a good deal of action during the Syria campaign and against pirates in the late 1840’s.
Condition NEF. Sold with CD containing research his memorandums of service from ADM9 which gives details of service and particular recommendations. ex DNW.