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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 371

Four: Able Seaman F. J. Groves, Royal Navy

1914-15 Star (218259 F. J. Groves, A.B., R.N.); British War and Victory Medals, with M.I.D. oak leaf (218259 F. J. Groves. A.B. R.N.); Royal Fleet Reserve L.S. & G.C., G.V.R. (218259 Po. B. 8251 F. J. Groves. A.B. R.F.R.), nearly extremely fine (4)

Frederick George Groves was born at Lewes, Sussex in July 1886. He enlisted in the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in 1904 and during the Great War served at Vernon before transferring to Royalist on 17 January 1917. Serving with the 1st Cruiser Squadron, Royalist was converted to carry 74 mines after the Battle of Jutland and was the most prolific ship in her class, laying 1,183 mines in 16 trips. Groves was mentioned in the despatches of 17 May 1918, which no doubt represents valuable services in those operations (London Gazette, refers). Demobbed in 1919, Groves was transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve on 27 April 1919; sold with copied service record.

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