China 1900 Royal Navy. HMS Dido/WW1 & Long Service Group Coastguard. William John Friend. Ramsgate, Kent.


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A very nice complete group of 3 as follows

China 1900 (Boxer Rebellion) named to WJ Friend AB HMS Dido

Edward VII Long Service Good Conduct. LSGC Medal named to 166871 WJ Friend Boatn HM Coast Guard

BWM (sole entitlement) 166871 WJ Friend LG Btn RN

William was born 21st August 1876 in  Ramsgate, Kent.

He joined the Royal Navy 21st August 1894

He served in various ships including HMS Dido from 10th May 1898 to 11th Jan 1902

He looks to have joined the coastguard in 1905 and served with them at Eastern Haven/Leigh On Sea and Shoeburyness. He is noted as a coastguard there on 1911 Census

He was awarded the British War Medal for service with the coastguard and served in President IV October 1916 to October 1917

A nice combination for a long serving sailor


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