Lot Archive


№ 82


1 December 2004

Hammer Price:

Four: Petty Officer 2nd Class T. Poxon, Royal Navy

East and West Africa 1887-1900
, 1 clasp, Witu 1890 (Ord., H.M.S. Redbreast); Africa General Service 1902-56, 1 clasp, Somaliland 1902-04 (Lg. Sea., H.M.S. Cossack); British War Medal 1914-20 (145275 P.O. 2, R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (145275 P.O. 2 Cl., H.M. Coast Guard), minor contact marks and edge nicks, very fine and better (4) £280-320

Thomas Poxon was born at Newhill, Derbyshire in October 1872 and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in March 1888. He subsequently witnessed stints of active service in the gunboat H.M.S. Redbreast during the Witu operations of 1890, earning one of 47 East and West Africa 1887-1900 Medals with the appropriate clasp to his ship, and in the Cossack during the Somaliland operations of 1902-04. Transferring to duties with the Coast Guard in April 1904, he was advanced to Petty Officer 2nd Class in August 1914 and awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in October 1916. Poxon was demobilised in February 1919, having won further entitlement to a single British War Medal 1914-20.