​ A Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, no clasp, awarded to Boatswain later Lieutenant W.D. Godsmark, Royal Navy, who served aboard the cruiser H.M.S Forte during the Boer War in 1902, and then later served aboard the battleship H.M.S Royal Sovereign with the Grand Fleet during the Great War.

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A Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, no clasp, awarded to Boatswain later Lieutenant W.D. Godsmark, Royal Navy, who served aboard the cruiser H.M.S Forte during the Boer War in 1902, and then later served aboard the battleship H.M.S Royal Sovereign with the Grand Fleet during the Great War.
Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902, no clasp; (BOATSN. W.D. GODSMARK, R.N. H.M.S. FORTE.)

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Walter Henry Godsmark was born on 15th August 1869 in Maidstone, Kent, and having worked as a bricklayer’s labourer, then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Portsmouth No.128580) with Duncan on 9th September 1884. Advanced to Boy 1st Class whilst with St Vincent on 19th August 1885, he was rated as Ordinary Seaman with Duke of Wellington on 15th August 1887, and as Able Seaman with Temeraire on 18th March 1888, being then promoted to Leading Seaman whilst on a second commission with Temeraire on 4th November 1890.
Godsmark was promoted to Petty Officer 1st Class with Royal Sovereign on 31st May 1892, and was then appointed to Acting Chief Petty Officer whilst with Excellent on 19th March 1895, and promoted to Chief Petty Officer whilst with Bonaventure on 18th March 1896. Godsmark was appointed to the Warrant Officer’s rank of Acting Boatswain whilst with Duke of Wellington on 28th February 1902, and then joined the cruiser H.M.S Forte on 17th March 1902, and then saw service aboard her on and off the coast of South Africa during the Boer War. 415 men of Forte qualified for the Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902 without clasp, Godsmark amongst them.
Godsmark was confirmed in the rank of Boatswain on 27th April 1903 whilst still with Forte, and then saw service afloat during the Edwardian period aboard Merlin, Nelson, Renown and Fantome. With the outbreak of the Great War, Godsmark was serving with Victory at Portsmouth, and then joined battleship Royal Sovereign during her construction on 26th October 1915, being then a part of her first crew on her completion in May 1916. Godsmark then saw service aboard her with the Grand Fleet for the remainder of the war, being promoted to Chief Boatswain on 1st March 1917.
Godsmark was posted to the Portsmouth Dockyard on 4th March 1919, and then joined the light cruiser and depot ship H.M.S Arrogant on 14th June 1921, before being retired from service with the commissioned rank of Lieutenant on 12th August 1922. Godsmark had been elected to the Death Benefit Association of the Chief and Warrant Officer’s Association Portsmouth Branch back in 1904, and on his commissioning and retirement, he resigned from this position. Godsmark was dead by 1950. Additionally entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.  


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