one bar, Boat Service 1 Nov 1809 (R.Semple, Asst Surgn). Lightly toned, good very fine. (1)
Assistant Surgeon Robert Semple served aboard H.M.S. Tigre from 26th October 1806, per Warrant of 23 October 1808, until 30th August 1811, then aboard H.M.S. Royal Sovereign from the 31st August 1810 until 14th June 1811.
It appears he has come up through the non commissioned ranks, inferior officers warranted by the Navy Board from candidates who had served a regular apprenticeship to a Surgeon or Apothecary. By 1808, Surgeons had become Warrant Officers of Wardroom rank.