The interesting Second World War, Royal Fleet Reserve and Imperial Service Medal group awarded to Petty Officer Telegrapher A. Probert, Royal Fleet Reserve, late Royal Navy, who had seen service aboard the battleship H.M.S Benbow during the Great War at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, and also saw extensive service aboard submarines, being aboard E44 in 1917 to 1918, on the outbreak of the Second World War, he was recalled, and served aboard the submarine H28 through to June 1940, and then aboard the light cruiser H.M.S Cardiff till
The interesting Second World War, Royal Fleet Reserve and Imperial Service Medal group awarded to Petty Officer Telegrapher A. Probert, Royal Fleet Reserve, late Royal Navy, who had seen service aboard the battleship H.M.S Benbow during the Great War at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916, and also saw extensive service aboard submarines, being aboard E44 in 1917 to 1918, on the outbreak of the Second World War, he was recalled, and served aboard the submarine H28 through to June 1940, and then aboard the light cruiser H.M.S Cardiff till 1941.
Group of 6: 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Italy Star; War Medal; Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Coinage bust; (J.30459 (PO.B.17793) A. PROBERT. P.O.TEL. R.F.R.); Imperial Service Medal, EIIR Br.Omn. bust; (ARTHUR PROBERT), last with its Royal Mint fitted presentation case.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the following:
Award Certificate for the Imperial Service Medal, issued to Arthur Probert Esq., dated 28th May 1957.
Royal Air Force No.1 Group Boxing Championship ‘Good Loser’ Prize Medal.
Plaque of Honour for Service as awarded by the General Post Office Faringdon Branch to Arthur Probert, for his service between 1928 and 1957.
Manchester School Children’s Flower Guild Prize Medal in Bronze.
A religious charm.
Photograph of the recipient in Royal Navy uniform.
Arthur Probert was born on 12th April 1897 in Manchester, Lancashire, and having worked as an iron fitter, with the imminent outbreak of the Great War, then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Devonport No.J.30459) with Vivid on 29th April 1914. Advanced to Boy 1st Class on 3rd July 1914, shortly after the outbreak of war, he joined the battleship H.M.S Benbow on 17th October 1914, and was rated as an Ordinary Seaman on 12th April 1915, before being rerated as a Telegrapher on 12th September 1915. Benbow was the flagship of the 4th Battle Squadron, and as such Probert was aboard her at the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916.
Posted to the battleship H.M.S Hercules on 13th June 1916, he was promoted to Leading Telegrapher on 1st November 1916, and then joined Dolphin at Portsmouth on 2nd January 1917, and the submarine depot ship Lucia on 28th February 1917. Having then been posted to Glory, he joined the submarine H.M.S/m E44 on 17th April 1917, and then saw further service aboard E44 with Lucia from 9th October 1917, and Maidstone from 17th November 1917, and saw service on operations in the North Sea.
Having transferred to the destroyer H.M.S Shakespeare on 22nd May 1918, he then joined the minesweeping sloop H.M.S Cicero on 29th July 1918, and the minesweeping sloop H.M.S Larkspur from 1st October 1919. Having rejoined the submarine service in 1923, he then saw service aboard H.M.S/m L69 from 5th July 1923, and was promoted to Petty Officer Telegrapher on 30th October 1923. Transferring to H.M.S/m L71 on 1st February 1924, he operated from the depot ship Lucia, but then transferred as spare crew to Titania on 12th February 1925, and then joined the submarine H.M.S/m L19 from 22nd May 1925. Seeing service with submarine H.M.S/m L6 from 27th October 1926, he was eventually discharged ashore on 11th April 1927, and then joined the Royal Fleet Reserve on the next day.
Probert then joined the General Post Office for service as a Wireless Operator with the Faringdon Branch in Oxfordshire in 1928, and would remain employed at Faringdon through to his retirement 1957. As a serving member of the Royal Fleet Reserve, Probert was however recalled for service with the Royal Navy shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, and was posted as a Petty Officer Telegrapher to Dolphin on 10th July 1939. Posted to the submarine H.M.S/m H28 on 13th July 1939, he saw service with this vessel through to June 1940, when she was employed as a training submarine. Posted to Drake I on 4th June 1940, he then joined the light cruiser H.M.S Cardiff on 12th June 1940. On 12 June, Cardiff was tasked to suppress the German artillery batteries overlooking Saint-Valery-en-Caux to prevent them from firing on British ships as they evacuated the troops there, but they were no longer visible from the sea when the ship arrived. The cruiser received six wounded men from the coaster Cameo and returned to Portsmouth. Cardiff was converted for use as a gunnery training ship in October and served in that capacity for the rest of the war. Probert was posted back to Drake I on 26th July 1941, and then to the Dundee submarine base H.M.S Ambrose on 28th August 1941, and served there for the remainder of the war. Probert was released from service on 12th September 1945, and then returned to his job with the General Post Office as a Wireless Operator with the Faringdon Branch in Oxfordshire. On his retirement, Probert was awarded the Imperial Service Medal in the London Gazette for 28th May 1957. Additionally entitled to the 1914-1915 Star trio.