Lot Archive


№ 76


1 December 2004

Hammer Price:

Five: Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st Class G. Hatch, Royal Navy

Egypt and Sudan 1882-89
, undated reverse, 1 clasp, Suakin 1885 (E.R.A. 4 Cl., H.M.S. Condor); Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 1 clasp, Defence of Ladysmith (122691 Ch. E.R.A., H.M.S. Powerful); Coronation 1902, bronze; Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension (Ch. E.R.A. 2nd Cl., H.M.S. Nile), impressed naming; Khedive’s Star 1884-6, name officially re-impressed on the fourth, and the last with one quite badly bruised arm point, contact marks and minor edge bruising elsewhere, generally very fine or better and a rare combination of awards and clasps (5) £600-800

George Hatch was born at Landport, Hampshire in August 1861 and entered the Royal Navy as an Acting Engine Room Artificer in March 1883. He subsequently witnessed active service out in Egypt, being landed from H.M.S. Condor on secondment to the Naval Brigade during the Suakin operations of 1885, and again in South Africa in the Boer War, when he was landed from the Powerful and served in the Naval Brigade at the defence of Ladysmith. Advanced to Chief Engine Room Artificer in recognition of his services in South Africa (service record refers), Hatch, who had been awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal back in January 1894, added the Coronation 1902 Medal to his Honours and Awards for his services in the royal yacht Victoria & Albert in the same year, and was finally pensioned ashore in April 1905.