Abyssinia Medal 1867-1868, awarded to Ordinary Seaman later Able Seaman Henry Joyce, Royal Navy, who saw service aboard the sloop Nymphe during the operations on an off the coast of Abyssinia during the war with that country which lasted from November 1867 to March 1868.
Abyssinia Medal 1867-1868; (H. JOYCE OS. H.M.S. NYMPHE)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Henry Joyce was born on 1st June 1849 in Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, and originally joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (No.28190) with Boscawen on 22nd January 1864, before transferring on 28th January 1864 to the 91 gun second rate Edgar. Rated as a Boy 1st Class whilst still with Edgar on 23rd June 1865, he then transferred to the armoured frigate Hector from 27th November 1865, and saw service with the Channel Fleet. Having transferred to the 70 gun warship Rodney from 20th March 1867.
Joyce then transferred to the sloop Nymphe on 5th June 1867, and having been rated as an Ordinary Seaman on 17th June 1867, was then present aboard Nymphe during the operations on an off the coast of Abyssinia during the war with that country which lasted from November 1867 to March 1868, and as such became one of 167 men from the crew of Daphne to receive the Abyssinia Medal 1867-1868.
Joyce transferred to the corvette Cossack on 16th April 1870 and saw service aboard her on the China Station, being rated as an Able Seaman whilst aboard her on 29th November 1870, he then transferred with her to the Australia Station in September 1871. Joyce then transferred to Seringapatam from 11th November 1871, she was the receiving ship at the Cape of Good Hope, and he then transferred home to Duke of Wellington from 30th January 1872, she being the flagship of the Port Admiral at Portsmouth. Joyce was transferred from her on 5th March 1875, and was eventually discharged from Hercules on 12th June 1875.