Lot Archive


№ 160


1 December 2004

Hammer Price:

Pair: Chief Petty Officer A. Badcock, Royal Navy

British War Medal 1914-20
(146465 C.P.O., R.N.); Royal Fleet Reserve L.S., G.V.R. (146465 (Dev. B. 3548) C.P.O., R.F.R.), the first with officially re-impressed naming, good very fine or better (2) £30-50

Alfred Badcock was born at Morval, near Liskeard, Cornwall in May 1872 and entered the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in September 1888. Clearly a talented rating, he had attained Petty Officer status by December 1894, and, having witnesed no active service, was pensioned ashore as a Chief Petty Officer in June 1912, when he enrolled in the Royal Fleet Reserve. Recalled on the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914, his first seagoing appointment was in the cruiser H.M.S. Fox, in which ship he served off East Africa and Egypt, and in the Red Sea, prior to being appointed to the Royal Naval depot Dufferin at Bombay in September 1918. Also the recipient of a Victory Medal 1914-19, he was demobilised in May 1919.