Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, 23 Nov. Boat Service 1810 (Geo. Hill.), minor edge nicks, very fine
Ex Cheylesmore Collection, July 1930.
Spink, June 1975.
George Hill is confirmed on the published rolls as an Able Seaman aboard H.M.S. Milford for the boat service action of 23 November 1810, one of a total of 40 men who survived to claim the clasp; three other men with these names appear on the Admiralty Claimants’ List, two of them Syria men.
In the company of the bomb-vessels H.M.S. Devastation, Thunder and Aetna, Milford was among a number of English and Spanish ships and gunboats, under the command of Captain R. Hall, which attacked a French flotilla of gunboats at Port St. Mary, Cadiz, on 23 November 1810. Some hundreds of shells were thrown amongst the enemy, causing much damage.
Being exposed to the fire of Fort Catalina, Lieutenants Worth and Buckland of the Royal Marine Artillery, and a Midshipman, were killed, and four English and four Spanish seamen wounded.
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