Great War Grand Fleet Battleship operations, interwar 1936 early Palestine Arab Rebellion destroyer operations, and long service group awarded to Chief Yeoman of Signals P.R. Everest, Royal Navy, who saw service during the Great War as a Boy Signaller aboard the battleships Dreadnought and Neptune from December 1917 onwards. Awarded the long service medal whilst aboard the destroyer Keith in February 1935, he was still aboard her when she took part in the early operations on and off the coast of Palestine during the Arab Rebellion. With the outbreak of the Second World War he found himself out at Alexandria in Egypt.
Group of 4: British War Medal and Victory Medal; (J.69885 P.R. EVEREST. SIG.BOY. R.N.); Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine 1936-1939; (J.69885 P.R. EVEREST. A/Y.S. R.N.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Coinage bust; (J.69885 P.R. EVEREST. L.SIG. H.M.S. KEITH.), mounted swing style as worn.
Condition: first two and last with some contact wear and policing, first with last letter of unit obscured by contact, overall about Very Fine.
Percy Robert Everest was born on 20th November 1901 in Cobham, Surrey, and having worked as a gardener, with the ongoing Great War then joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class (Chatham No.J.69885) with Powerful from 25th April 1917. Having transferred to Ganges from 23rd June 1917, her was rated as a Boy Signaller on 29th August 1917. Everest then joined the battleship Dreadnought from 28th December 1917, and transferred to the battleship Neptune on 3rd August 1918, where he spent the remainder of the war.
Everest joined the destroyer Obdurate from 8th March 1919, being rated an Ordinary Signaller aboard her on reaching the age of 19 on 20th November 1919 whilst with Pembroke I. Everest then served with the light cruiser Ceres from 21st October 1920, and having been rated as a Signaller on 25th May 1921, remained with her till transferred to Egmont, the Malta base in September 1924 for service aboard the destroyer Moy through to November 1925. Everest’s next seagoing appointment was aboard the destroyer Walcheren from January 1927 to May 1929 when he joined the destroyer Whitley on service in the Mediterranean, and whilst still there transferred to the destroyer Wolsey in November 1931, followed by the destroyer Vendetta in December 1931, and was rated as an Acting Leading Signaller whilst aboard her on 18th February 1932.
Everest then transferred to the destroyer Keith in June 1932, and saw further service in the Mediterranean, being rated as a Leading Signaller on 18th February 1933. Seeing service aboard the heavy cruiser Shropshire from August 1933 to June 1934, he then returned to Keith and was awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 17th February 1935 whilst aboard her. Appointed to acting Yeoman of Signals, Everest then saw service aboard Keith during the operations on and off the coast of Palestine during the Arab Rebellion at the very beginning of the conflict, he being posted home to Pembroke on 29th August 1936.
Everest was serving with the light cruiser Southampton from March 1937 to September 1938, during which period he was promoted to Yeoman of Signals on 10th March 1937. Having joined the submarine depot ship Maidstone in May 1939, he was with this establishment on the outbreak of the Second World War, having been promoted to Chief Yeoman of Signals on 1st August 1939, and was then posted to the Alexandria accounting base Maidstone II on 7th September 1939.
Everest transferred to the destroyer depot ship Woolwich on 30th October 1939, but this was then cancelled and from the next day he is shown as still on service in Egypt with Nile, the naval depot at Res el-Tin Point at Alexandria. The remainder of Everest’s wartime service is not known, but he was released from service with Pembroke on 16th September 1945, and later lived in Ramsgate, Kent.