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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 323A

A scarce First China War and Crimea War Bluejacket's pair awarded to Able Seaman G. H. Mould, Royal Navy

China 1840-42 (George H. Mould, H.M.S. North Star); Crimea 1854-56, 1 clasp, Sebastopol (G. H. Mould, A.B.), original ribands, good very fine or better and toned (2)

George Henry Mould was born at Codford, Wiltshire on 5 July 1825 and entered the Royal Navy as a boy rating in H.M.S. North Star in September 1841. He remained similarly employed until September 1846, a period of service embracing his participation in the First China War (Medal) and the New Zealand operations of 1845-46 (Medal); the whereabouts of the latter award remains unknown.

North Star arrived in New Zealand with the officers and men of the 58th Regiment in March 1845 and operated in the Bay of Islands during the 'Flagstaff War' between 11 March 1845 and 11 January 1846. Among other actions, North Star bombarded Pomare II's Pa on the coast in the Bay of Islands on 28 March 1845 and contributed to the Naval Brigade that supported the 58th Regiment in the action at Ohaewai on 3 May 1845; the colonial forces were repulsed by the Maori warriors with serious loss. From 27 December 1845 to 11 January 1846, North Star assisted the army at the siege of Ruapekapeka Pa and once again landed Bluejackets.

Mould next served as an Ordinary Seaman and Able Seaman in Naiad (1846-47), Juno (1847-49) and Scourge (1849-52), prior to joining the London in January 1853. It was in this capacity that he was landed in the Crimea for services before Sebastopol (Medal & clasp). He returned home to an appointment in Excellent in January 1856 and, with the brief exception of a few months in the Cumberland in 1857, remained similarly employed until joining the Nile as a Yeoman of the Signals in February 1860. He finally 'came ashore' in the summer of 1865, having latterly returned to Excellent; sold with copied continuous service certificates and medal roll verification.

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