Lot Archive


№ 264


16 October 1996

Hammer Price:

Pair: South Africa 1877-79, no clasp (W. I. Quick, Schoolr. H.M.S. “Boadicea”); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., V.R., narrow suspension (Walter Jno. Quick, Naval Schoolmr. H.M.S. Boscawen) impressed naming, contact marks, otherwise good very fine and very scarce (2)

This lot was sold as part of a special collection, The Douglas-Morris Collection of Naval Medals.

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Walter Quick was born in Marylebone, Middlesex on 7 February 1854. He first entered the service aboard H.M.S. ST VINCENT as a Boy 2nd Class on 10 April 1869, where on 1 January 1871 he was advanced to Boy 1st Class and recorded as being made a “Pupil Teacher”, remaining aboard ST VINCENT until 4 December 1874, and then drafted to FISGARD (1874-76) as an Ord 2nd Class. Advanced to Naval Schoolmaster (a rate he held until promoted to Head Schoolmaster in 1904), whilst aboard H.M.S. ST VINCENT on 1st January 1877. Subsequently served aboard H.M. Ships ACTIVE (July 1878 to March 1879), BOADICEA (March 1879 to April 1882) and BOSCAWEN (1882-87) earning his LS & GC Medal on 23 September 1882. He subsequently served in two training establishments, H.M. Ships ST VINCENT (1894-99) and EXCELLENT (1899-1904). He was specially allowed to sign on for a further five years service not only in 1892, but also in 1897 and 1902. On 1 April 1904 he received promotion to Head Schoolmaster (this Warrant Rank had been introduced in 1888) and pensioned in February 1910, having served a total of 39 years in uniform. The ‘rating’ Schoolmaster Branch was abolished in 1919.