A very fine and scarce Great War Home Service, Royal Navy Long Service and Meritorious Service Medal group awarded to Colour Sergeant E.F. Godsell, Royal Marine Artillery, who was originally discharged in 1905, but was then recalled during the Great War, and saw service aboard H.M.S Cyclops, the Grand Fleet repair ship at Scapa Flow, service for which he became one of only 35 RMA recipients of the Royal Navy Meritorious Service Medal.
Group of 3: British War Medal 1914-1919; (R.M.A.2364. CR.SGT. E.F. GODSELL.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Victoria narrow suspender; (E.F. GODSELL, SERGT. NO: 2364 R.M.A.); Royal Navy Meritorious Service Medal, GVR Adm. bust; (RMA.2364 CL.SGT. E.F. GODSELL, R.M.A. “CYCLOPS” SERVICES DURING WAR.)
Condition: very slight contact wear, Good Very Fine.
Edward Frank Godsell was born in September 1863 in London, and having worked as a labourer, then enlisted into the Royal Marine Artillery as a Private (No.2364) on 9th October 1884. After training with the recruit depot at Walmer, he joined the Royal Marine Artillery as a Gunner on 20th April 1885, and first saw service afloat aboard the corvette Satellite in 1886.
Promoted to Bombardier with H Company on 19th May 1887, he was promoted to Corporal on 7th June 1889, and to Sergeant on 7th February 1893, and then saw service afloat aboard the battleship Trafalgar in 1894. Further service afloat occurred aboard the battleship Resolution in 1897. Promoted to Colour Sergeant on 16th August 1903, he was discharged on 9th October 1905.
Recalled for service during the Great War, Godsell saw service as a Colour Sergeant with the Royal Marine Artillery on home service during the war, and was awarded the Royal Navy Meritorious Service Medal ‘for services during the war’ having been employed aboard the Grand Fleet repair ship at Scapa Flow, H.M.S Cyclops. Only 35 Meritorious Service Medal’s were awarded to members of the Royal Marine Artillery during the war.