NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, CLASP ST SEBASTIAN ‘RICHARD JEQUIST.’
Richard Jequist aged 16, enlisted into the Royal Marines in May 1804 , his name spelt Jequyst on the attestation roll.
Richard Jequist served variously in the 125th Company at No. 1 Division, Portsmouth; as a Corporal 53rd Company, before reverting back to Private with 22nd and 41st Company’s, all at Portsmouth.
Between shore postings he served on the following ships – 1805-6 Ville de Paris (110) – 1807-8 Queen (90) – 1808-10 Elizabeth (74) – 1810-2 Sabrina (20) – 1812-4 President (38) – 1814-5 Brisk (18) – 1816-7 Alceste (38) – 1818-9 Drake (10) – 1819 Carnation (18) and Egeria (26) – 1821-4 Glasgow (44) – 1825-7 Jupiter (50).
Elizabeth would be engaged in the evacuation of Sir John Moore’s army from Coruña …..
SEE PDF FOR FULL WRITE UP
The original medal roll is very hard to read but appears to read Jequiste or Lequiste and the latter is the way the medal has been transcribed. However, critically, the musters for H.M.S. President, the ship he was on that entitled him to the St Sebastian clasped medal, has his name spelt Jequist; the same spelling of his name on the medal and this is the way his name is spelt on the musters for H.M.S. Ville de Paris, his first ship.
Not surprisingly, his unusual name was frequently misspelt throughout his service but the flip side is that being such an unusual name, its unique to the medal roll, with no even similar names to be found. To give the above record of his service, Jequist has been traced through ships musters, Marine Companies ashore, 1804-27 and Greenwich Out Pensioners rolls 1829-45 where in the latter, his name is spelt Jequyst throughout. Digital copies of all the above musters and roll entries accompany the medal, as to Captains log and complete ship and Island crew musters for the Alceste shipwreck.
291 San Sebastian Clasps to Naval General Service of which 204 were single clasps.
Condition NEF, an attractive patina. Ex Glendining 25 May 1963. As noted, accompanying the medal is an extremely large amount of digital research (musters etc) and also a far more detailed writeup produced by the vendor, extending to 33 pages.