Here is a Navy man I can’t find on the Medal Roll for the Zulu War, but who it seems was really there. Frederick Streatfield Pelly, born 17 December, 1848; died 7 December, 1914 (age 65). Sub-Lieutenant, 30 July 1868; Lieutenant, 3 September, 1872. He arrived in South Africa 17 March, 1879 on S.S. Pretoria (hired transport).
The Medical Journal of Her Majesty’s Ship Boadicea kept by Fleet Surgeon James P. O’Malley contains the following: “Frederick Pelly, aged 30, Lieutenant, SS Pretoria; disease or hurt, temporary mental derangement. Put on sick list, 21 March 1879, at Durban. Discharged, 27 March 1879. Admitted to the sick list on the Pretoria suffering from diarrhea but became convinced he was being pursued by some men who wanted to throw him overboard, he searched the ship for an hour and a half with his sword and an attendant, looking for his enemies. He was transferred to the Boadicea. On his recovery he was recommended to not indulge in any alcoholic stimulants.” (He does not appear on the Medal Roll for HMS Boadicea.)
Sir William Laird Clowe in his "The Royal Navy" records: “The transport service during the war was managed mainly by Captain Guy Ouchterlony Twiss, Commander Edward Henry Meggs Davis, Lieutenants Crawford Caffin, and Frederick Streatfield Pelly, Staff-Surgeon James Hamilton Martin, and Paymaster William Besley Ramsey (all borne in the Boadicea), and by Lieutenant Alexander Milne Gardiner, of the Shah.”
"The Navy List" for 1884 has: “Pelly, F.S. Transport Officer in Natal, until May 1879, during the Zulu War (Zulu Medal).”
As stated above, Pelly apparently did serve in the Zulu War as an officer in Her Majesty’s Navy, and was entitled to the Medal for the Zulu War without clasp. All of the others mentioned by Clowe are on the Medal Roll.
Does anyone have any additional information on Lieutenant Pelly?
Petty Officer Tom