East and West Africa 1887-1900,
Lot 75
East and West Africa 1887-1900,
Sold for £2,760 (US$ 4,310) inc. premium

Lot Details
East and West Africa 1887-1900,
one bar, Lake Nyasa 1893 (W.Maber, Car, Mte., H.M.S. Pioneer.). (1)

Footnotes

  • William Henry Maber was born on 9 February 1862 and joined the Navy on the 15.9.1885; discharged 14.9.1907. Record of service and medal roll details.

    William Henry Maber was trained as a shipwright from the age of 15 years, probably following his father's trade. Married when he came of age in 1883, having completed his apprenticeship. His bride Annie Isabella Turner was 18. In 1885, two years into marriage, William Henry signed on for twelve years in the Navy. Their first son Percival was also born in 1885. Another son was born in 1886. The Naval career obviously appealed to Maber as he signed for a further ten years in 1895. He left his wife expecting a third child when he embarked overseas for 2 1/4 years. Royston was born during that absence. His wife, Annie, was living in difficult conditions, husband at the sea and very little money available to bring up three children. During his service Maber was involved in action at Lake Nyassa in 1893 being one of only 28 men issued with the East and West Africa medal with 'Lake Nyassa 1893' clasp. Maber's Naval career ended in September 1907 after 22 years service. He was 45 years old. The photograph shows him wearing his Naval uniform and medals for the last time. He then sailed to Canada and a new life leaving his wife and three sons behind in Portsmouth. This act alone is surrounded in mystery.

    As the war raged in Europe Anne Maber received a letter from Canada informing her of her husband's death. Later she heard from Coroner of Toronto that her husband had died due gas poisoning from defective gas heater. The local newspaper reported his body was found by his 'wife'! The report also mentioned he was employed by the Wolseley Motor company and not in a dockyard again as might have been expected. He is buried in an untraced grave in Toronto. David Maber, William Henry's grandson, has provided this information, it is an extract from a reserched and more detailed story of Maber's life he has written. Two duplicate medals were issued. This medal has naming as issued in 1893, therefore, it is possibly the original medal. The story goes that the famous collector, A.A. Payne stood on the dockside waiting to purchase one of the medal with clasp after they were presented and who knows, William Maber may have sold his medal to some other medal collector as he left Dockside!
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