A Great War West Africa, North Russia and Atlantic convoy protection duties 1914-1915 trio awarded to Lance Corporal F.R. Arkell, Royal Marine Light Infantry, who served from 1903 through to 1925, the latter 6 years as a member of the Royal Fleet Reserve, and from the outbreak of the war through to March 1918 was aboard the armoured cruiser Donegal, being assigned to Sierra Leone for convoy protection duties from August 1914, as part of the 5th Cruiser Squadron, with the Grand Fleet in 1915 and taking part in convoy escort work to Archangelsk,

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A Great War West Africa, North Russia and Atlantic convoy protection duties 1914-1915 trio awarded to Lance Corporal F.R. Arkell, Royal Marine Light Infantry, who served from 1903 through to 1925, the latter 6 years as a member of the Royal Fleet Reserve, and from the outbreak of the war through to March 1918 was aboard the armoured cruiser Donegal, being assigned to Sierra Leone for convoy protection duties from August 1914, as part of the 5th Cruiser Squadron, with the Grand Fleet in 1915 and taking part in convoy escort work to Archangelsk, North Russia, and from mid-1916 was in the Atlantic and from 1917 with the 4th Cruiser Squadron on North America and West Indies Station.
Group of 3: 1914-1915 Star; (PLY.12056 PTE. F.R. ARKELL. R.M.L.I.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (PLY.12056 L.CPL. F.R. ARKELL. R.M.L.I.)
Condition: Very Fine.
Frederick Robert Arkell was born on 30th September 1885 in Hoxton, London, and having worked as a general labourer, then enlisted into the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 21st January 1903 at London, and joining as a Private (Plymouth No.12056) the Recuit Depot at Deal. Posted to ‘D’ Company of the Plymouth Division on 17th December 1903, he saw service aboard the battleship Magnificent from July to August 1904, and aboard then battleship Implacable from September 1904 to July 1906. Present aboard the armoured cruiser Aboukir from March 1907 to March 1909, and then aboard the armoured cruiser Donegal from May 1909 continuously through to March 1918, and had seen service on the North America and West Indies Station whilst aboard her between 1909 and 1912. From 1912 to the outbreak of the Great War she was with the Training Squadron but with the outbreak of the war, was then assigned to Sierra Leone for convoy protection duties from August 1914, as part of the 5th Cruiser Squadron.
Transferring to the Grand Fleet in 1915, she then took part in convoy escort work to Archangelsk, North Russia and in mid-1916 was assigned to convoy protection work in the Atlantic. Donegal rejoined the 4th Cruiser Squadron on North America and West Indies Station in 1917 and continued with convoy duties until the end of the war. Posted back to the Plymouth Division on 18th March 1918, and to President III on 17th September 1918, he was then posted back to the Plymouth Division on 15th February 1919 and demobilised on 5th April 1919, before enrolling the next day into the Royal Fleet Reserve (No.B.1179). Arkell was finally discharged on 30th September 1925.