NGS 1793, 3 CLASPS, 4th NOVr 1805, MARTINQUE, GUADALOUPE ‘WM FARLEY MASTERS MATE’
William Farley had a long and interesting career, serving with HMS Hero at Strachan’s action on 4th Nov 1805, here Hero suffered the brunt of the casualties, indeed double that of the next highest! Farley was severely wounded in the aftermath of a gallant boat action whilst on HMS Fawn (no clasp authorised). As Master of HMS Carnation, he took part in one of the most Bloody and disastrous actions fought by the Royal Navy of that era; the attack on the US Privateer General Armstrong. During this action British boats were repulsed after sustaining an appalling number of casualties and Carnation was much damaged. There interestingly he seemed to have a strong friendship with Carnation’s Commander, George Bentham. As Midshipman (the later being promoted Lieutenant), they served together on HMS Hero for a couple of years between 1805 and 1807. Farley later became Master under Bentham on Carnation and subsequently moved to HMS North Star when Bentham transferred his Command. Other appointments included pirate hunting in Revolutionarie 1818-22 under Captain the Hon. Fleetwood Pellew Recommendations from Bentham and Pellew, along with other Captains in Farley’s Service papers, confirm the very high esteem he was held in by all that served with him. Farley served in 13 ships during his service of 27 years, all bar 3 in service as opposed to harbour.
Condition VF, sold with service papers (31 pages!) and much research and a copy of ‘The Case Of the Privateer General Armstrong’ all on CD.