​ The fine Abyssinia Medal 1867-1868, awarded to Gunner later Chief Gunner John Marshall, Royal Navy, who was a Gunner 2nd Class aboard the 50 gun frigate H.M.S Octavia during the Abyssinian Expedition which lasted from December 1867 to May 1868, having previously seen service on anti-slavery duties off the south-east coast of America aboard both Sharpshooter and Express during the 1850’s, he had been granted a full Warrant Officer’s commission in 1859.

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The fine Abyssinia Medal 1867-1868, awarded to Gunner later Chief Gunner John Marshall, Royal Navy, who was a Gunner 2nd Class aboard the 50 gun frigate H.M.S Octavia during the Abyssinian Expedition which lasted from December 1867 to May 1868, having previously seen service on anti-slavery duties off the south-east coast of America aboard both Sharpshooter and Express during the 1850’s, he had been granted a full Warrant Officer’s commission in 1859.
Abyssinia Medal 1867-1868; (GUNR. J. MARSHALL H.M.S. OCTAVIA)

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John Marshall was born on 24th June 1834 in Tyrone, Dublin, Ireland, and first joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class with Victory at Portsmouth on 22nd March 1848, this being then the harbour ship at Portsmouth.
Marshall was posted to the newly launched 50 gun fourth rate frigate H.M.S Leander on 4th October 1849 as a Boy 1st Class, and was rated as Able Seaman aboard her on 23rd May 1851. Whilst aboard Leander, Marshall saw service with the Squadron of Evolution. Having qualified in gunnery, Marshall was then posted to the 9 gun gunvessel H.M.S Sharpshooter on 14th October 1852, and then saw service aboard her on the south-east coast of America. By September 1853 she was located at Rio de Janeiro, and then saw service on anti-slavery duties.

Marshall transferred to the 6 gun packet brig H.M.S Express on the Brazil Station on 26th June 1855, and saw further service on anti-slavery duty, and was then appointed to the Acting Warrant Officer’s rank of Acting Gunners Mate whilst aboard Express on 14th February 1856, he was confirming in the rank of Gunners Mate on his being posted to Excellent at Portsmouth on 17th September 1856, for further service in relation to gunnery, and was then finally promoted to Gunner 3rd Class on 17th June 1859.
Marshall appears to have been posted to the 50 gun 4th rate frigate H.M.S Octavia on or around 23rd December 1864 on his being promoted to Gunner 2nd Class, and then saw service on the East Indies and Cape of Good Hope Station. Whilst aboard Octavia, Marshall took part in the Abyssinian Expedition which lasted from December 1867 to May 1868. Marshall may possibly have seen service ashore during the operations, however this is not verified. He is one of 611 men from Octavia to qualify for the Abyssinia Medal 1867-1868.
Promoted to Gunner 1st Class on 21st November 1871, Marshall was then posted to H.M.S St Vincent on 1st January 1873, she being the training ship for boys at Portsmouth. Posted back to Excellent on 3rd February 1874, he was promoted to the rank of full Gunner on 27th June 1874, and then found himself posted to the 36 gun ironclad frigate H.M.S Minotaur on 15th May 1880, which was then the Flagship of the Channel Squadron. Posted to the guard ship H.M.S Asia on 24th December 1881, he then re-joined Excellent on 24th March 1882, and was promoted to Chief Gunner on 11th July 1882. After a period spent with the Chatham Yard, Marshall was discharged to pension from Excellent on 5th June 1885. Confirmed as his only medal entitlement.  


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