​ A rare Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840, 1 Clasp: Gaieta 24 July 1815, awarded to Quarter-Gunner Thomas Newman, Royal Navy, who having impressed and seen extensive service in Home Waters and the Mediterranean aboard the 38 gun frigate H.M.S Resistance from 1805 to 1814, and then escorted convoys aboard the frigate Venus during 1814, was aboard the 74 gun H.M.S Berwick and present in the attack and reduction of Gaieta on the Italian coast in the Kingdom of Naples, which loyal to Napoleon’s cause, had held out against the allies for some

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Condition: some contact wear, slight bruising on rim and face, lightly polished, overall Very Fine.
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A rare Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840, 1 Clasp: Gaieta 24 July 1815, awarded to Quarter-Gunner Thomas Newman, Royal Navy, who having impressed and seen extensive service in Home Waters and the Mediterranean aboard the 38 gun frigate H.M.S Resistance from 1805 to 1814, and then escorted convoys aboard the frigate Venus during 1814, was aboard the 74 gun H.M.S Berwick and present in the attack and reduction of Gaieta on the Italian coast in the Kingdom of Naples, which loyal to Napoleon’s cause, had held out against the allies for some time after the French defeat at Waterloo, and was finally reduced in August 1815.   

Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840, 1 Clasp: Gaieta 24 July 1815; (THOMAS NEWMAN.)

Condition: some contact wear, slight bruising on rim and face, lightly polished, overall Very Fine.

Provenance: Spink February 1975 and Glendinning’s Auction March 1988.

Thomas Newman was born in Brighton, Sussex, and having been impressed, was taken aboard the newly launched 38 gun frigate H.M.S Resistance on 21st October 1805 as a Landsman. Newman then remained continuously employed aboard her till 1814.

On 27th December 1807 Resistance captured the French privateer ‘Aigle’ whilst serving on the Home Station. On 1st April 1808 Newman was rated as an Ordinary Seaman, and by 1811 was in the Mediterranean with Resistance, being off Leghorn in June 1811, and off Sardinia in August 1812. On 5th September 1813 Resistance was part of a squadron involved in operations in and off the port of D'Anzo.
On 8th February 1814 Newman transferred as an Ordinary Seaman to the 36 gun frigate H.M.S Venus, having joined the vessel on her return from the West Indies. During 1814 Venus was employed escorting convoys from the Baltic, and on 1st April 1814 Newman was promoted to the Petty Officer rank of Quarter-Gunner, whose duty it was to assist the gunner of the ship in keeping the guns and their carriages in proper order, scaling the barrels when necessary, filling the cartridges with powder, etc. There was one Quarter-Gunner aboard ship for every four guns.
Newman then transferred to the 74 gun H.M.S Berwick as an Able Seaman on 14th February 1815, and was once again rated as a Quarter-Gunner on 1st May 1815. Berwick was commanded by Captain Edward Brace, and in company with H.M.S Malta, on 24th July 1815 Berwick with Newman aboard, was present in the attack and reduction of Gaieta on the Italian coast in the Kingdom of Naples. Loyal to Napoleon’s cause, Gaieta held out against the allies for some time after the French defeat at Waterloo. An Austrian force invested the area by land and the Berwick and Malta blockaded the coast in the bay of the same name. After several bombardments from the British ships, the Governor of the town was informed by Captain Fahie of Napoleon’s surrender to Captain Maitland in H.M.S Bellerophon and the town was given up on 8th August 1815. Thomas Newman was one of 10 officers and 38 seamen from Berwick to claim the Naval General Service Medal 1793 to 1840 with clasp Gaieta 24 July 1815 when it was subsequently issued.
Newman was paid off from Berwick on 9th July 1816, and was subsequently a pensioner at Greenwich Hospital. In all there only 89 recipients of the Gaieta 24 July 1815 clasp, and Thomas Newman is a unique name on the entire medal roll. 


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