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PostSubject: HMS ORONTES   Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:00 pm

Medal on ebay to leading stoker J. MARGUERIE vender says it as been done has a widow's brooch. Does anyone know if he died in service?

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PostSubject: Re: HMS ORONTES   Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:50 am

lionshead,

I don’t know if he died while still in the service, but Marguerie was still serving on HMS Orontes when he received his South Africa Medal on 29 August, 1881.

I can’t find him on ebay. Can you post the link to his medal?


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PostSubject: HMS Orontes    Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:12 am

All medals awarded to HMS Orontes were unclasped .
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PostSubject: Re: HMS ORONTES   Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:16 am

The medal when first listed had a £140 buy it now, since I have two medals to HMS ORONTES in my collection I give it a miss, Salute
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PostSubject: H.M.S. Orontes Original Period Photograph   Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:15 pm

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PostSubject: Re: HMS ORONTES   Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:52 pm

Isandula,

Thank you for the photo of Orontes with the season's greetings. Any idea what year that was?

I always enjoy your photos, especially of the navy. You wouldn't happen to have a photo of Commanders Brackenbury or Romilly in your collection?


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PostSubject: Re: Commander Romilly--HMS Boedicea   Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:27 pm

Thanks, POT, for the positive comments. Unfortunately I do not have a photograph of either Brackenbury or Romilly . I have searched far and wide for a photograph of Romilly as I have a Zulu War period letter penned by him in which he mentioned the prisoner King Cetshwayo and that he, Romilly, was fired upon at Port Durnford by Zulus whose bullets were ineffectual. Ironically a year later he was fatally wounded at Majuba by Boers, whom he thought out of range, who potted him in the stomach. See scans of original letter and transcription.

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PostSubject: Re: HMS ORONTES   Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:43 pm

Isandula,

Thank you for the letter. I also have looked far and wide for photos of both Brackenbury and Romilly, but with no luck. Maybe one of these days.

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PostSubject: HMS Orontes    Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:44 am

Isandula thanks for sharing the photo and letter very much appreciated .
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