A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.

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A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.








An Unusual & Excellent Royal Navy Group of Six

To:
166568. Petty Officer SAMUEL G. DESBOROUGH. R.N.

Who served on the following ships. Samuel was born in Blackpool & died in Swansea apparently at a very advanced age.


A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897)
H.M.S. FORTE

HMS Forte served on the Cape and West African stations. In 1908, Forte delivered such a terrible result in a gunlayer's test that a Court of Inquiry was convened, leading to the determination that Captain John Green and his officers had failed to provide sufficient training, as they had not appreciated the difficulty of the test procedure. In 1910 the cruiser ran aground and Their Lordships expressed "severe displeasure [with Green] for failure to comply with King's Regulations for unseamanlike manner in which the ship was navigated."


A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
AFRICA G'SERVICE (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE

HMS Pomone was a Pelorus-class protected cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the late 1890s. The ship's boilers were so troublesome that she was decommissioned in 1904 after only a single foreign deployment. She was hulked in 1910 and served as a stationary training ship until 1922 when she was sold for scrap.


A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
1914-15 STAR TRIO. P.O. R.N.




A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
LONG SERVICE GOOD CONDUCT (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM

Launched 5 July 1890, she displaced 9,150 tons and her steel hull measured 375 feet (114 m) (length) and 65 feet (20 m) (beam) with 20,000 indicated horsepower (15,000 kW) turning 2 propellers giving a top speed of 22 knots (41 km/h). Her main armament was two BL 9.2 inch Mk VI guns (234 mm) and six QF 6 inch guns (152 mm) on the upper deck, and four QF 6 inch guns in 150 mm compound armoured casemates on the main deck. She also carried sixteen 3-pounders, and four 14 inch torpedo tubes (two submerged and two above water) She was commissioned at Chatham on 1 January 1891.

Sitting Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Thompson died in England, just after being named to Queen Victoria's Privy Council in 1894 and was repatriated to Halifax, Nova Scotia by Blenheim, which was painted black for the occasion. Prince Henry of Battenberg died from malaria while on active duty onboard HMS Blonde off Sierra Leone in 1896. Blenheim repatriated his body from the Canary Islands. Queen Victoria appointed the commanding officer Captain Edmund S. Poe to the fourth class of the Royal Victorian Order as a mark of appreciation for this service.

A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
In 1901 she was placed under the command of Captain Frank Hannam Henderson, to serve at the China station to support the British position during the Boxer Rebellion. In June 1902 she visited Nagasaki, and the following month Captain Frederick George Stopford was appointed in command. She served as a cruiser with the Channel Squadron until May 1908 when she joined the Mediterranean Fleet as a destroyer depot ship. Whilst being used as a depot ship, future Rear-Admiral and VC winner Eric Gascoigne Robinson served aboard her. She was sent to Mudros in March 1915 in support of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at the Battle of Gallipoli. Later that year, Blenheim repatriated former Canadian Prime Minister Sir Charles Tupper who had died in England in 1915 to Halifax. She was scrapped in 1926 at Pembroke Dock.


A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
A Rare & Excellent RN group spanning three reigns, two campaigns and World War One ...with an LSGC !!
Medals are GVF-EF on original ribbon.


1375

A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.

A Super Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G.S. (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. PO. S.G. DESBOROUGH L.S.G.C. (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM.
£1375

An Unusual & Excellent Royal Navy Group of Six.EAST & WEST AFRICA (BENIN 1897) H.M.S. FORTE.AFRICA G'SERVICE (SOMALILAND 1902-04) H.M.S. POMONE. 1914-15 STAR TRIO. P.O. R.N. LONG SERVICE GOOD CONDUCT (EDVII) H.M.S. BLENHEIM. 166568. Petty Officer SAMUEL G. DESBOROUGH. R.N.