Lot Archive


№ 7


1 December 2004

Hammer Price:

Three: Commissioned Boatman T. Ward, H.M. Coast Guard, late Royal Navy

Crimea 1854-56,
no clasp (Thos. Ward), engraved naming; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension (Comd. Boatmn., H.M. Coast Gd., 21 Yrs.), engraved naming; Turkish Crimea 1855, Sardinian issue, unnamed as issued, occasional edge bruising but otherwise very fine and better, the second rare (3) £250-300

Approximately 40 L.S. & G.C. Medals of this type issued with years of service on the edge.

Thomas Ward was born at St. Pancras, Middlesex in November 1839 and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in May 1855. Quickly witnessing active service as a 15 year old rating aboard H.M.S. Leopard during the closing operations of the Crimea War, he qualified for the Medal without clasp, and the Turkish Medal. Among his subsequent seagoing appointments was one aboard the Warrior during that famous vessel’s first commission with the Channel Fleet 1861-64, during which period Ward gained advancement to Captain of the Mizen Top. Transferring to the Coast Guard in August 1869, he was awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in February 1877 and was pensioned ashore in March of the same year.