two bars, Martinique, Guadaloupe (Hon. G.A.Crofton. Capt). Small hole drilled through reverse side of bar otherwise deeply toned with some light wear and contact marks otherwise very fine. (1)
Confirmed on roll.
The Honourable George Alfred Crofton was born in 1785, he was the third son of the late Sir Edward Crofton Bart., M.P. who was Colonel of the Roscommon Militia and Anne, only daughter and heir to Thomas Croker Esq of Baxtogon Co. Kildare, who was created a Baroness in her own right on 1 Dec 1797.
He was brother of Captain the Honourable William Gorges Crofton who was killed in action at Bayonne on 14 April 1814, and brother-in-law of General Sir Peregrine Maitland, and of Commander James Caulfield R.N., and uncle to the present Lord Crofton.
He entered the Navy as a Volunteer in March 1798 on board Prince 98 with Captain Thomas Larcom, successively flag-ship in the Mediterranean and Channel of Sir Roger Curtis and Sir Chas. Cotton. He then served as a Midshipman in the Triton and Medusa frigates, both commanded by Capt John Gore, he then took part between May 1801 and May 1804 in an attack made by Lord Nelson on the Boulogne flotilla. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 10th October 1804 and was appointed to the Cambrian 40 with Captain John P.Beresford, on the Halifax station, in command of the barge belonging to which frigate he distinguished himself at the capture on 13th June 1805 of the Spanish privateer Maria, of 14 guns and 60 men. On 24th June 1806 he obtained the acting-command of the Observateur brig, in the West Indies, where after witnessing the surrender, in the Mulgrave sloop, of the Danish Islands, he was confirmed, 9 Feb 1808, to the Demerara, another sloop, and appointed in the course of the same year, to the Fawn 18, in which vessel he assists in the reduction of Marie-galante and Martinique, and taking, 11 Oct 1810, Le Temeraire privateer, of 10 guns, 6 large swivels and 35 men. Captain Crofton, whose Post commission bears date 1 Feb 1812, afterwards joined 11 Aug 1813, the Dictator troop-ship, in which he participated in the attacks upon Baltimore and New Orleans, and in other operations on the coast of America, then on 4th Feb 1815, the Narcissus 32, employed on the same station, whence he returned in May 1816, and then 24 July 1826 to the Dryad 42. He came home from the Mediterranean in 1829.
He recieved an honorary award from the Patriotic Society for war service.