A Great War C.G.M. group of six to Chief Sick Berth Steward H.A.Hamlin, Royal Navy,
Lot 183
A Great War C.G.M. group of six to Chief Sick Berth Steward H.A.Hamlin, Royal Navy,
Sold for £8,400 (US$ 14,118) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Great War C.G.M. group of six to Chief Sick Berth Steward H.A.Hamlin, Royal Navy,
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, G.V.R. (150438 H.A.Hamlin. Ch. S.B.S. H.M.S. Inflexible.); 1914-15 Star (150438, H.A.Hamblin, C.G.M., CH. S.B.S., R.N.); British War and Victory Medal (150438 H.A.Hamblin. CH. S.B.S. R.N.); Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct, E.VII.R. (150438 H.A.Hamblin, S.B.S. H.M.S. Magnificent.); France, Medaille Militare. Court mounted. A couple of very light contact marks, otherwise very fine. (6)


  • C.G.M. London Gazette 16.8.1915.

    Medaille Militaire London Gazette 17.3.1919.

    "Though partially overcome by fumes, assisted Surgeon Langford (DSO same LG) while the "Inflexible" was proceeding to Tenedos."

    The Inflexible was hit in her fore-top by a shell which killed or wounded several men. At a later hour she was also struck by a mine, though this fact was not made public for many weeks.

    She made her way with great difficulty to Tenedos, and it was feared that she would sink. The episode produced many remarkable deeds of gallantry on the part of her officers and crew, which were fittingly described y the Admiralty as follows:

    Lieutenant-Commander Acheson, with Acting Sub-Lieutenant Alfred E. B. Giles, Chief E.R.A. 2nd Class Robert Snowdon, and Stoker 1st Class Thomas Davidson, went down into the fore magazine and shell room of H.M.S. Inflexible when the parties working in these places had been driven out by fumes, caused by the explosion of a mine under the ship; they closed valves and water-tight doors, lights being out, the shell room having two feet of water in it, rising quickly, and the magazine flooding slowly.

    The fumes were beginning to take effect on Acting Sub-Lieutenant Giles, but neither he nor the others left until ordered to do so by Lieutenant-Commander Acheson, who was the last to leave the shell room.

    During the time H.M.S. Inflexible was steaming to Tenedos, the engine-room being in semi-darkness and great heat, the ship in possible danger of sinking on passage, a high standard of discipline was called for in the Engineer Department, a call which was more than met. Engineer -Commander Harry Lashmore, C.B. responsible for the discipline of the engine-room department, was in the starboard engine-room throughout the passage, and set a fine example to his men.

    Engineer-Lieutenant-Commander Lester was in the port engine-room carrying out the same duties as Engineer-Commander Lashmore did in the starboard engine-room.

    Engineer-Lieutenant Parry went twice through the thick fumes to the refrigerator flat to see if the doors and valves were closed; he also closed the escape hatch from the submerged flat, fumes and vapour coming up the trunk at the time.

    Surgeon Langford brought up the wounded from the fore distributing station in the dark. Fumes permeated the place, rendering five men unconscious. Surgeon Langford, though partially overcome by the fumes, continued his work.

    Chief Sick Berth Steward Hamlin, though partially overcome by fumes, assisted Surgeon Langford while the Inflexible was proceeding to Tenedos.

    Able Seaman Smedley, though wounded himself, carried a wounded Petty Officer down from the fore top after it had been struck by a shell; he subsequently went aloft twice more, and started for a third attempt.

    Engine Room Artificer Runalls escaped up the trunk from the fore air compressor room with difficulty, helped up his stoker, and closed the W.T. door of the trunk before he fell insensible.

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