Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840,
Lot 33
Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840,
Sold for £ 13,800 (US$ 18,074) inc. premium

Lot Details
Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840,
three bars, 4 Novr 1805, Basque Roads 1809, Gaieta 24 July 1815 (S.Wriford, Midshipman.). Toned, extremely fine. (1)

Footnotes

  • Commander Samuel Wriford entered the Navy on the 1st March 1797 as a First Class Volunteer on board the Royal Sovereign, where he continued to serve as Midshipman and Master's Mate until April 1802. He was for close to the next six years employed under the late Sir.J.J.Strachan on the Mediterranean Home and Halifax stations, in the Donegal, Renown, Caesar, Triumph and Caesar again. In the Donegal he assisted on the 25th November 1804 at the capture, near Cadiz of the Spanish frigate Amfitrite; and on removing from the Renown to the Caesar he fought on the 4th November 1805 in the action which rendered prize to the British the four French ships-of-the-line that had escaped from the battle of Trafalgar under the Rear-Admiral Dumanoir Le Pelley. On the 22nd November (the date of his first commission) he was appointed Flag-Lieutenant to Sir R.J.Strachan. In that capacity he continued to officiate until October 1808; in the course of which month he became Senior of the Caesar, then bearing the flag of Hon. Robert Stopford; under whom (previously to witnessing the attack made by Lord Cochrane upon the French shipping in Basque Roads) we find him present on 24th Feb 1809, at the destruction, beneath the powerful batteries of Sable d'Olonne, of the 40 gun frigates Italienne, Calypso and Cybele. He subsequently accompanied the expedition to the Walcheren, and was for some time stationed on the coast of Portugal under the command of Captain W.Granger. From the 17th June 1811-26th July 1812 and from 23 Nov 1812 until 22 Aug 1814, and from 7 Feb 1815 until a few weeks after his promotion to the rank of Commander, which took place 10 Oct following, he was employed in succession, on the Home and Mediterranean stations, as First-Lieutenant, in the Pompee, Pembroke and Malta. He beheld, in the Pembroke, the destruction of a convoy under the guns of Porto Maurizio and the fall of Genoa; and he co-operated, in the Malta, in the reduction of Gaeta. His last appointments were: 5th September 1843 and 22 May 1845 to the San Josef and Caledonia, both at Devonport, where he remained until December 1846.

    Commander Wriford married in June 1822 to Mary, second daughter of the late Mr.P.Goodman Glubb of Liskeard, Cornwall.
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