NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL 1793-1840, CLASP SYRIA ‘L.R. REYNOLDS. MIDSHIPMAN’
Louis Rivett Reynolds was born on 24 October 1823 in Pennington, Hampshire. He joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman, seeing service aboard the 18 gun corvette H.M.S. Dido in the Mediterranean and Ionian Islands during 1839. By Mid 1840 Dido was serving off Constantinople but in September formed part of Admiral Stopford’s squadron that would take part in the Syria War. On 11 September 1840, Dido was involved in the failed attempt to take the fort at Gebail, which was the first serious action of the War. On 15 September, Carysfort, Dido and Cylops were involved in the attempt to remove enemy troops from the fortress. On 22 October, Dido was present with the blockading squadron off Alexandria, and was then actively engaged in the bombardment and capture of Acre on 3 November 1840 and the other operations off the coast of Syria. For his service during the conflict, Midshpman Reynolds would be awarded the Turkish Medal for St Jean D’Acre in Silver and 9 years later the Naval General Service Medal 1793 with clasp for Syria.
Passing his examination for Lieutenant on 21 February 1843, Reynolds then served in the Mate on board H.M.S. Warspite in the Mediterranean and then in a similar rank aboard the H.M.S. Hibernia, the flag-ship of Admiral Sir William Parker. Confirmed Lieutenant on 15 August 1846, on 22nd January 1847 he was appointed to H.M.S. Trafalgar, being engaged on particular service, and on 16 April 1848 he was employed again in the Mediterranean, when serving in the steam-frigate H.M.S. Terrible. On 23 January 1851, Reynolds, now a Lieutenant Commander assumed the command of the wooden packet paddle vessel H.M.S. Medina serving on the Mediterranean Station and on 6 December 1853 command of packet boat H.M.S. Banshee. H.M.S. Banshee, which was one of the fastest packet ships in the service, served on the Black Sea 1854-5 (Crimean War). During her service, Banshee was constantly, employed carrying important despatches, indeed it was Lieutenant Reynolds that on 8 April 1854, carried the despatches from Great Britain to the fleet in the Black Sea, informing them of the declaration of War. As well as Despatches, Banshee often carried Commanders themselves, served several times as an Admirals Flag and also a sometimes gunboat! Reynolds and the crew were awarded the Crimea medal for their services. Promoted to Commander on 11 March 1857, he died in Paris on 10 October 1863.
A fine medal with to an Officer with a most interesting service.
Condition NVF, contact wear from his other medals to edges around 3 and 9 o’clock (medal was clearly worn). Fitted with original ribbon and attached to an old silver mounting bar with gold pin fitting. Ex Glendinning October 1920.