NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793-1840, 1 CLASP, SYRIA ‘R. B. CREYKE, MATE.’, BALTIC 1854-55, UNNAMED AS ISSUED; ST. JEAN D’ACRE 1840, SILVER, UNNAMED AS ISSUED, FITTED WITH CONTEMPORARY REPLACEMENT SILVER BAR SUSPENSION.
At the start of his service in The Royal Navy, the young Richard Boynton Creyke, served as a 13 year old 1st Class Volunteer aboard H.M.S. Atholl, a 28 gun 6th rate Frigate, from July 1829. Leaving shortly after for West Africa on anti slaver duties, Atholl was a relatively successful ship on the station. Some of here captures including:
1 Oct 1829 the French slave vessel, La Laure, with 372 slaves on board; 4 Oct 1829 arrived from off the Rio Grande, a large French schooner, with 470 slaves on board; 9 Dec 1829 the Sybille and Atholl detained the Brazilian slave brigantine Amelia / Emelia, with 187 slaves, bound from Whydah to Bahia; Dec 1829 off Prince's Island, a Dutch vessel, sailing under French colours, was taken; 3 Aug 1830 detained the Spanish slave schooner Santiago alias Polasqui, with 165 slaves on board; 17 Oct 1830 detained Spanish slave schooner Nueva Isabelita, alias Numero Filomino Xiro, with 141 slaves on board; 10 Nov 1830 detained the Dos Amigos slaver which would be renamed the Fair Rosamond and would become one of the finest anti slavers.
Creyke transferred to the 20 gun sloop, H.M.S. Medina on 22 April 1831, serving as a Midsipman. On 19 April, Medina was reported to have arrived with the Atholl, and Sea Flower, at Prince's Island from Fernando Po. Here they joined the Dryad and her tenders, the Fair Rosamond and Black Joke. It was also reported that Medina’s Master and a Boy had died of fever and her Commander was also suffering from the disease. Shortly after Medina left West Africa for England, Creyke leaving the ship on arrival…………….
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Condition NEF. Each medal fitted with silver ribbon buckle. When sold at Glendining’s in March 1998, the group was mounted in glass fronted display case with corresponding miniatures. The black-on-gold painted labels from which accompanies the group. Ex Noonans 2021.