A Pleasing Naval Brigade QSA to PO R. Strike
A Pleasing Boer War ‘Naval Brigade’ QSA with 5 clasps awarded to Petty Officer Richard William Strike, HMS Monarch, comprising: Queen’s South Africa Medal, 1899-1902, 2nd type reverse with ghosted dates, 5 clasps, Belmont, Modder River, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Relief of Kimberley (131295 P-0: R. W. STRIKE, H.M.S MONARCH); officially impressed in upright capitals. Toned, tiny reverse edge bump at 6 o’clock, a few hairlines, bold very fine. ex DNW auction, 25 June 2008, lot 194, £700 hammer. ex Liverpool Medal Company, 20 April 2009, £985. Richard William Strike was born 7 May 1870 at Esher, Surrey, and enlisted for service with the Royal 11 March 1885, having previously worked as a Baker. Entering service as a Boy 2nd Class, he had made continued progress to the position of Petty Officer 2nd Class whilst serving aboard HMS Monarch in the Second Boer War. He served ‘aboard’ HMS Monarch between the 29 January 1897 and 5 April 1900, during which time he saw active service ashore during the Second Boer War. He was posted ashore, time expired in May 1900 and joined the Chatham R.F.R. in July 1902, re-enrolling in 1907 and again in 1911. Sold with copy service paper and some other relevant research.