NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP, ST. SEBASTIAN ‘WILLIAM CROWE’
William Crowe, aged 15, joined the Royal Navy as a ‘Boy’, aboard the 38 gun frigate H.M.S.Cambrian on 1 October 1807. Rated LM on 5 February 1811, he left Cambrian on 10 December 1811. During His service aboard Cambrian, Crowe was wounded in the left leg and though its not clear exactly when this happened (a search of the Captains reports should reveal), Cambrian saw a good deal of action off the Coast of Spain. On 12 December 1810, during an action off Palamos, in which a large number of men were landed from the Squadron, there were many casualties, including Captain Fane of Cambrian.
On 11 December 1811, Crowe joined the 74, H.M.S. Bulwark, however on 5 February 1812, he joined 112 gun, three decker; H.M.S. Salvador on harbour duties. On 3 August 1813, 74 H.M.S. Ajax, rated Ord on 1 May 1814, he stayed with Ajax up until 17 July 1816. During his Service on Ajax, Crowe took part in the operations against St. Sebastian, where on 27 August 1813, seaman and marines were laded for an attack on the island of Santa Clara. In 1814, Ajax took troops to Canada to fight in the 1812 War. Crowe’s final service was aboard 74 gun, H.M.S. Spencer; 5 September 1815 – 15 March 1817.
Admitted as Greenwich Hospital Pensioner on 21 June 1849, his entry confirms he was then aged 60, born in Norwich, married to Mary Anne and confirms his last ship as H.M.S. Spencer. It also confirms he was wounded in the left leg during his service with H.M.S. Cambrian.
Condition NVF, edge bruises around 7/6’o clock and a couple of other minor marks, otherwise GVF, attractive patina and an old, possibly original, ribbon.
Scarce clasp, only 291 issued.