​ An interesting Africa General Service Medal 1899-1956, EVII bust, 1 Clasp: Somaliland 1908-10, awarded to Acting Boatswain later Boatswain E. Healy, Royal Navy, who saw service aboard the cruiser H.M.S Diana during the operations on and off the coast of Somaliland which lasted from 19th August 1908 to 31st January 1910, having previously seen service aboard Monarch during the Boer War, he was pensioned in February 1917, having shown ‘misconduct in incurring debts at a café at Saigon, giving a receipt in a fictitious name and endeavouring to

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An interesting Africa General Service Medal 1899-1956, EVII bust, 1 Clasp: Somaliland 1908-10, awarded to Acting Boatswain later Boatswain E. Healy, Royal Navy, who saw service aboard the cruiser H.M.S Diana during the operations on and off the coast of Somaliland which lasted from 19th August 1908 to 31st January 1910, having previously seen service aboard Monarch during the Boer War, he was pensioned in February 1917, having shown ‘misconduct in incurring debts at a café at Saigon, giving a receipt in a fictitious name and endeavouring to avoid payment’ whilst on the China Station aboard Cornwall in 1916.
Africa General Service Medal 1899-1956, EVII bust, 1 Clasp: Somaliland 1908-10; (ACT.BOSN. E. HALEY, R.N. H.M.S. DIANA.)

Condition: some contact wear, about Very Fine.
Edward Healy, surname incorrectly spelt Haley in his records and on his medal, was born on 8th August 1877 in St Austell, Cornwall. Healy joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Devonport No.168947) with Impregnable on 10th August 1892, being advanced to Boy 1st Class on 24th August 1893.
Rated as an Ordinary Seaman whilst with Vivid I on 8th August 1895, he was then rated as Able Seaman whilst with Melampus on 1st June 1897, and promoted to Leading Seaman whilst with Vivid I on 15th April 1899. Promoted to Petty Officer 2nd Class whilst with the ironclad turret ship H.M.S Monarch at the Cape on 1st July 1901, he saw service aboard Monarch during the Boer War, and is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal 1899-1902 without clasp.
Promoted to Petty Officer 1st Class whilst still with Monarch on 1st April 1902, he was granted a Warrant Officer’s Commission as an Acting Boatswain on 1st September 1908 whilst with Repulse. Healy was then present aboard the cruiser H.M.S Diana during the operations on and off the coast of Somaliland which lasted from 19th August 1908 to 31st January 1910. 210 men from Diana qualified for the Somaliland 1908-10 clasp to the Africa General Service Medal.

Healy was confirmed in the rank of Boatswain on 25th September 1909, and after various postings, by the outbreak of the Great War, was once again serving aboard Diana. Posted to the armoured cruiser H.M.S Cornwall on 12th January 1916, he then saw service on the China Station, and at the end of 1916 transferred with her to the North America Station for convoy escort duties. Healy was pensioned on 5th February 1917, he having been censored for ‘misconduct in incurring debts at a café at Saigon, giving a receipt in a fictitious name and endeavouring to avoid payment’ whilst on the China Station aboard Cornwall in 1916.


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