A Great War Mediterranean and Adriatic Naval Operations Souvenir engraved Italian and Imperial Russian coin set, as acquired by Able Seaman H.G. Pryke, Royal Navy, who served aboard the destroyer H.M.S Hind as part of the 3rd Battle Squadron which...

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A Great War Mediterranean and Adriatic Naval Operations Souvenir engraved Italian and Imperial Russian coin set, as acquired by Able Seaman H.G. Pryke, Royal Navy, who served aboard the destroyer H.M.S Hind as part of the 3rd Battle Squadron which in 1917 was sent to the Mediterranean where it took part in the 1918 Naval campaign in the Adriatic, including enforcing the Otranto Barrage. Hind was present at the entry of the Allied Fleet through the Dardanelles on 12 November 1918.

A Great War Mediterranean and Adriatic Naval Operations Souvenir engraved Italian and Imperial Russian coin set, the Russian coin, being the bust of Tsar Nicholas II being whole, but the Italian 2 Lira coin, has one side erased and bearing the engraved details for: ‘H.E. PRYKE HMS HIND’. Both are attached together with a drill holes and a chain link inserted.

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Harry Edgar Pryke was born on 1st August 1898 in West Ham, Essex, and having worked as a fitter, then with the on-going Great War, joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman (Chatham No.J57148) with Pembroke from 21st August 1916, before being posted to the destroyer depot ship Dido for service aboard the destroyer H.M.S Hind from 15th April 1917, being rated as Able Seaman aboard her on 1st July 1917.

H.M.S Hind was part of the 3rd Battle Squadron which in 1917 was sent to the Mediterranean where it took part in the 1918 Naval campaign in the Adriatic, including enforcing the Otranto Barrage. Hind was present at the entry of the Allied Fleet through the Dardanelles on 12 November 1918.

Pryke remained with Hind for the duration of the war, and is believed to have briefly been employed in the Black Sea during the Russian Civil War. Pryke was posted back to Vivid I from 11th July 1919, and was demobilised ashore on 13th September 1919. Entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.