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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 358

Three: Petty Officer T. J. Haley, Royal Navy

China 1900, no clasp (T. J. Haley, Lg. Smn., Nl. Depot Wei-Hai-Wei); British War medal 1914-20 (163619 T. J. Haley, P.O., R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (163619 T. J. Haley, P.O. 1 Cl., H.M.S. Mercury), the second with officially re-impressed naming, contact marks, nearly very fine or better (3)

Thomas John Haley was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire on 7 January 1861 and entered the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman in November 1891, direct from prior service at sea. One of his early seagoing appointments was in H.M.S. Camperdown (September 1892-September 1895), in which period she famously collided with - and sunk - H.M.S. Victoria.

Haley was subsequently embarked for China in the Centurion at the time of the Boxer Rebellion and was landed for service at the Naval Depot at Wei-Hai-Wei (Medal); 99 no-clasp awards to members of the depot.

Advanced to Petty Officer 1st Class in August 1902, he was awarded his L.S. & G.C. Medal in December 1906 and was pensioned ashore in October 1913. Having enrolled in the Royal Fleet Reserve, he was mobilised on the outbreak of hostilities with an appointment at the gunnery establishment Excellent. From December 1915, he served at a training unit at Newhaven, Sussex, and he was similarly employed at the time of his death in January 1919.

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