SOUTH AFRICA 1877-9, NO CLASP ‘“HIMALAYA” T. NEILL. P.O. 2ND. CL: H.M.S.’, ROYAL NAVY L.S. & G.C., V.R., NARROW SUSPENSION ‘THOS. NEILL. CAPTN. OF HOLD H.M.S. HIMALAYA’
Thomas Neill was born in Aghada, Cork, on 3 April 1851, and was engaged for Naval service on 3 April 1869. He served in H.M.S. Himalaya, initially as an Able Seaman, from 24 June 1875, and was advanced to Leading Seaman on 29 November 1877 and Captain of the Hold on 21 November 1878. He remained on Himalaya until 2 March 1881, when he was drafted to H.M.S. Royal Adelaide, from which ship he was invalided, after a further seven years service in the fleet, on 9 November 1888.
229 South Africa medals to H.M.S. Himalaya, all of which had no clasps.