​ A fine Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840, 1 Clasp: Martinique, awarded to Able Seaman John Saul, Royal Navy, who saw service aboard the 74 gun H.M.S Belleisle at the reduction of Martinique and the Saintes on 24th February 1809, and was later aboard the 74 gun H.M.S Superb at the bombardment of Algiers on 27th August 1816, but does not appear to have been issued with this second clasp.

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Product ID: CMA/22584
Condition: slight contact wear, lightly polished, Good Very Fine.
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A fine Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840, 1 Clasp: Martinique, awarded to Able Seaman John Saul, Royal Navy, who saw service aboard the 74 gun H.M.S Belleisle at the reduction of Martinique and the Saintes on 24th February 1809, and was later aboard the 74 gun H.M.S Superb at the bombardment of Algiers on 27th August 1816, but does not appear to have been issued with this second clasp.
Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840, 1 Clasp: Martinique; (JOHN SAUL.)

Condition: slight contact wear, lightly polished, Good Very Fine.

Provenance: Glendinning’s Auction March 1988, when also sold as a single clasp medal only.
John Saul was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, and having already served with the Royal Navy, volunteered to be taken on the books of the 74 gun H.M.S Belleisle on 19th January 1808 as an Able Seaman. Belleisle was then the flagship of Rear Admiral Alexander Cochrane, and bound for service out in the West Indies.

Saul was present in 1809 in the reduction of Martinique and the Saintes, and during these operations was thus involved in the capture of the French 74-gun ship Haupoult. Over 40 vessels under Rear Admiral Alexander Cochrane, who had transferred his flag to Neptune, then stood off Martinique on 30th January 1809. The troops were landed without serious opposition, and the troops fought and won two actions against the French on the 1st and 2nd February, after which the enemy retired into Fort Desaix. After a heavy and almost continuous naval bombardment from 19th February, the fort surrendered at 9 am on the 24th February and passed into British hands. 6 officer and 23 seamen from H.M.S. Belleisle eventually lived to claim the medal with the clasp for Martinique, Saul being one of those men.

According to Captain Douglas Morris, John Saul then joined the 74 gun H.M.S Superb on 26th July 1816 as an Able Seaman, and as such was then present aboard her at the bombardment of Algiers on 27th August 1816, however despite being entitled to the clasp Algiers, Saul does not appear to have claimed it in the original list of claimants, and hence was only ever issued with the Naval General Service Medal with single clasp for Martinique. John Saul is a unique name on the medal roll.


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