WW1 Victory Medal. Brown. Royal Navy Reserve. Cobholm, Great Yarmouth. Present at the Battle of Coronel, 1914


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Correctly named 3488B W Brown 2HD RNR

William joined the Royal Navy Reserve in 1904 and his address is given as 4 St Lukes Terrace, Cobholm, Great Yarmouth. He was later re-numbered 2863B.

Prior to WW1 he is listed as serving on various trawlers and yachts and was mobilised to HMS Ontario from August 1914.

HMS Otranto was an armed merchant cruiser requisitioned by the British Admiralty when World War I began in 1914. Built before the war for the UK–Australia run as SS Otranto, she was primarily used in the war to search for German commerce raiders. She played small roles in the Battle of Coronel in November 1914 when the German East Asia Squadron destroyed the British squadron searching for it and in the Battle of the Falklands the following month when a British squadron annihilated the Germans in turn. On 27 October 1914, Admiral Cradock ordered Otranto to investigate Puerto Montt for signs of German ships and sent Glasgow to Coronel, Chile, to pick up any information from the Admiralty.

He was paid off in October 1917 and records show him later to be Skipper of the yacht ‘Reindeer’ and yacht ‘Kiama’

He was awarded the Royal Navy Reserve Long Service Medal in 1920.

Williams medals entitlement is a 1915 Star, BWM, Victory and RNR LSGC.


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