Naval battles and boat actions 1793-1840.
The obverse of this medal bears the head of Queen Victoria
with the inscription 'VICTORIA REGINA' while the reverse depicts
Britannia riding a seahorse and holding a trident. The swivelling
suspender is plain and straight.
Some 230 different clasps exist for the medal with the
most commonly encountered listed below:
Actions - '1 JUNE 1794', '14 MARCH 1795', '23 JUNE 1795', 'ST
VINCENT', 'CAMPERDOWN', 'NILE', '12 OCTBR 1798', 'EGYPT', 'COPENHAGEN',
'GUT OF GIBRALTER', 'TRAFALGER', '4 NOVR 1805', 'ST DOMINGO', 'MARTINQUE',
'BASQUE ROADS', 'GUADALOUPE', 'JAVA', 'ST SEBASTIAN', 'ALGIERS',
'NAVARINO' and 'SYRIA'.
Actions - 'MARS 21 APRIL 1798', 'LION 15 JULY 1798', 'ACRE
30 MAY 1799', 'LONDON 13 MARCH 1806', 'CURACAO 1 JANY 1807', 'STATELY
22 MARCH 1808', 'SHANNON AND CHESAPEAKE', 'GLUCKSTADT 4 JANY 1814'
and 'GAIETA 24 JULY 1815'.
Service - '16 JULY 1806', '1 NOVR 1809', '28 JUNE 1810', '29
SEPR 1812', '8 AP AND MAY 1813', '2 MAY 1813', '8 APRIL 1814', '24
MAY 1814' and '14 DECR 1814'.
White with darl blue edges.
Roman captial letters.
Instituted in 1847 for naval actions between 1793 and 1840.
As with the Military General Service Medal veterens had to claim
the medal, many of them long after the action for which it was earned.
As a result many who would have been entitled had since died so
few medals were issued in camparison to the numbers that took part
in the actions.