A Great War Home Waters Minesweeping, including some brief service aboard the paddle steamer Waverley, and Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Russian Civil War Black Sea operations long service group awarded to Petty Officer C.B. Pearce, Royal Navy, who on the outbreak of the Great War, saw service with the 9th Battle Squadron aboard the battleship Victorious, but then transferred to minesweepers, being aboard the paddle steamer Waverley in September 1915, he saw service aboard Geranium from October 1915 to April 1917, and later saw service aboa

Price: £185.00


Product ID: CMA/24774
Condition: light contact wear to all, and slight pitting to second from the star, Very Fine.
Availability: IN STOCK
Description:

A Great War Home Waters Minesweeping, including some brief service aboard the paddle steamer Waverley, and Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean and Russian Civil War Black Sea operations long service group awarded to Petty Officer C.B. Pearce, Royal Navy, who on the outbreak of the Great War, saw service with the 9th Battle Squadron aboard the battleship Victorious, but then transferred to minesweepers, being aboard the paddle steamer Waverley in September 1915, he saw service aboard Geranium from October 1915 to April 1917, and later saw service aboard the battleship Lord Nelson in the Eastern Mediterranean, Aegean, and with the surrender of the Ottoman Forces, in the Black Sea during the Russian Civil War.

Group of 4: 1914-1915 Star; (232601. C.B. PEARCE. L.S., R.N.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (232601 C.B. PEARCE. P.O. R.N.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Adm. bust; (232601. C.B. PEARCE, P.O. H.M.S. TITANIA.)

Condition: light contact wear to all, and slight pitting to second from the star, Very Fine.

Charles Brunning Pearce was born on 15th September 1887 in Wenhaston, Suffolk, and having worked as a bricklayer, then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Chatham No.232601) with Pembroke I on 11th October 1904, before being rated as Boy 1st Class whilst aboard the cruiser Highflyer on 11th January 1905. Rated as an Ordinary Seaman whilst aboard the battleship Goliath on 15th September 1905, and as an Able Seaman whilst still aboard Goliath on 29th November 1906, he was promoted to Leading Seaman whilst aboard the destroyer depot ship Blenheim on 25th August 1911.

With the outbreak of the Great War, Pearce was serving aboard the battleship Victorious, he then saw service with the 9th Battle Squadron, stationed at the Humber to defend the British coast. Transferred to Pembroke I on 5th February 1915, he then joined the paddle steamer Waverley on minesweeping duties from 11th September 1915, but was almost immediately posted back to Pembroke I on 16th September 1915, and then transferred to the sloop and minesweeper Geranium on 13th October 1915, and was promoted to Petty Officer on 1st March 1917.

Posted to Pembroke on 1st April 1917, he then joined another minesweeper, name not identifiable from 1st June 1917, before rejoining Pembroke I on 1st August 1917, and being posted to the battleship Lord Nelson on 9th September 1917, she being the flagship of the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron, which was later re-designated the Aegean Squadron. After the Ottoman surrender in 1918 the ship moved to the Black Sea where she remained as flagship before returning to the United Kingdom in May 1919.

Posted back to Pembroke I on 21st May 1919, Pearce then joined the submarine depot ship Titania on 22nd October 1917, and saw service with her in the Far East at Hong Kong, being awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal whilst aboard her on 3rd November 1920. Posted back to Pembroke I on 15th April 1923, he was discharged on 16th November 1923.