A South Africa Boer War and Great War group awarded to Stoker 1st Class R. Pratt, Royal Navy, formerly Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who saw service during the Boer War as a Trooper with the 10th Company - Sherwood Rangers, 3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, and then during the Great War saw service aboard the scout cruiser H.M.S Bellona on minelaying duties during 1917 and 1918.

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A South Africa Boer War and Great War group awarded to Stoker 1st Class R. Pratt, Royal Navy, formerly Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who saw service during the Boer War as a Trooper with the 10th Company - Sherwood Rangers, 3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, and then during the Great War saw service aboard the scout cruiser H.M.S Bellona on minelaying duties during 1917 and 1918.
Group of 3: Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, 5 Clasps: Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902; (27314 TPR: R. PRATT. 10TH COY IMP: YEO:); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (M.40568 R. PRATT. STO.1 R.N.)

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Robert Pratt was born on 8th December 1880 in Chipping Camden. Gloucestershire, and having worked as a farm labourer, then saw service as a Trooper (No.27314) with the 10th Company - Sherwood Rangers, 3rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, out in South Africa during the Boer War, being present on operations in the Cape Colony, the Orange Free State and the Transvaal.
With the outbreak of the Great War, Pratt who is noted as having served for a period with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, then saw service as a Stoker 2nd Class (No.K.40568) with the Royal Navy, and joined Vivid II from 1st February 1917. Posted to the scout cruiser H.M.S Bellona on 29th May 1917, saw service aboard Bellona on minelaying duties. Bellona laid mines at the entrance to the Kattegat on the nights of 18/19 and 24/25 February 1918, part of her total of 306 mines laid in four missions. Pratt was promoted to Stoker 1st Class on 16th May 1918. Posted back to Vivid II on 19th December 1918, he was demobilised on 20th February 1919.


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