Odd rank possibly

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Odd rank possibly

Postby Andre Chissel » 07 Feb 2017 13:20

Hello all,

I am intrigued by a medal that I would like to buy and I have queried the issue with the dealer who assures me that the papers that accompany the medal are genuine. The medal is to a 'Private' in the Royal Navy circa 1860 followed by the name of the ship.

I am assuming that my man was a Royal Marine on board the ship ? Alternatively, was there a 'rating' of Private at the time ? Could he have been a soldier or a sailor - completely lost on this one but very intrigued.

Any help would be appreciated please.

Thank you

Andre
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Re: Odd rank possibly

Postby crimea1854 » 07 Feb 2017 15:03

This is almost certainly to a Royal Marine, no such rate in the Royal Navy. PM with the details and I'll do a check of the medal rolls for you.

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Re: Odd rank possibly

Postby Frogsmile » 07 Feb 2017 16:41

The rank of private was indeed used by the Royal Marines (light infantry) at that time, and right through until after WW1.
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Re: Odd rank possibly

Postby Andre Chissel » 07 Feb 2017 23:50

Wonderful news thank you both ! PM sent ! Andre
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Re: Odd rank possibly

Postby Mark A. Reid » 08 Feb 2017 00:45

Hello Andre;

Yes, it certainly sounds like the recipient was a Private in the RMLI but without seeing the actual naming on the medal I am tempted to offer another possible explanation. Might the man's rate be one of those multifarious trades seen on Victorian naval medals like " Painter " or " Private Servant? " An abbreviation for either might be misread as Private.

I'm sure that All Shall Be Revealed when you actually see the medal!

Cheers,

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Re: Odd rank possibly

Postby Andre Chissel » 08 Feb 2017 02:22

I knew there had to be a catch...
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Re: Odd rank possibly

Postby Andre Chissel » 08 Feb 2017 11:10

Hello there,

I have just had confirmation from Martin that my man was a Royal Marine Light Infantryman.

The medal is about to be bought - I am very happy :D

Thank you everyone !

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